With more than 16,000 homeless dogs and cats fighting for survival on the streets of Manzanillo, a group of concerned citizens decided to take animal welfare matters into their own hands.
We have all seen or heard incidents of injured or starving animals hit by cars, abused, or poisoned by angry residents and left to die in the street. What we don’t often think of is the impact of strays on the community:
- Each day an estimated 2,000+ liters of animal excrement is expelled onto Manzanillo streets and beaches;
- Abandoned animals fighting for food spread garbage and disease;
- Street animals, singly or in packs, present a dangerous bite hazard throughout the community;
- Sick animals and corpses present an enormous public health problem by spreading airborne infections and contagious
PATA Manzanillo is a non-profit animal welfare organization formed to help solve these problems by working with the community and municipality to aid the victims that need human intervention the most: the animals. After all, it’s not their fault, it’s ours.
The mission of PATA Manzanillo is to reduce the suffering of animals by developing and executing activities that improve the quality of their lives.
PATA Manzanillo is a non-profit, all-volunteer group of local Mexicans and foreigners in Manzanillo, Mexico, dedicated to the welfare of all dogs, cats and area wildlife. PATA – ‘paw’ – stands for Personas Ayudando a Todos los Animales, simply put, “people helping all animals.”
To accomplish our mission and meet our goals, we provide free spay/neuter clinics; foster homeless animals and place them in forever homes; and cultivate a culture of respect for animals through education.
PATA’s goals are …
- To end needless suffering,
- To promote sterilization to lessen the over-population problem and reduce the number of stray animals on the streets,
- To help animals find and stay in suitable and loving homes (or safe and proper environments),
- To foster an atmosphere of respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals through education and leadership,
- To provide medical care for the homeless injured, and
- To help abate the human health issues associated with these animals.
March 22 – 26 will be our seventh Spring spay/neuter campaign in Casa Ejidal, Salagua.
Last year, 298 animals were sterilized in the 5-day Spring clinic.
~ QCA sends our best wishes to PATA – since their beginnings in 2006, PATA Manzanillo has sterilised 3600 animals, at no cost to their owners.