Mexico, most of the time, is not a welcoming place for dogs. Strays roam the streets of every city, often looking quite miserable. How to reduce the stray population is a long-standing issue for Mexico, and not one with an easy answer, as much of the human population is also suffering from over-population (poor women with way too many kids). Meaning, taking proper care of nearby stray dogs is a very low priority when you can’t feed your children, either.
It is one of the things I like dislike most about Mexico, as I have always been someone who loves animals and feels like humans have a responsibility to treat all living creatures ethically. I grew up thinking we don’t do enough in the U.S., then I moved here and realize how bad it can truly be.
But, thankfully, there are some organizations fighting the good fight, and one in particular I feel quite confident in giving my money to: Adopta Un Amigo. (It’s a partially bilingual site, they also help cats, and great news: They accept PayPal donations.)
My friends Jonathan and Alejandra adopted their dog, Jelly, from Adopta Un Amigo. Jelly started her life on the street, but is now happy and healthy: