SOS El Arca

A Sec­ond Chance for Strays

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Animal Welfare - NASH

Al­most daily SOS is called on to res­cue a dog in need, in­jured, ne­glected or aban­doned and then, SOS be­comes a safe heaven for these lost souls. SOS is a no-kill, non profit, pri­vately funded dog shel­ter that does not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment funds to help sup­port their work.

Sylvie Goetz founded the shel­ter when she went to the city pound to adopt a dog, re­al­iz­ing the con­di­tions in which these dogs were liv­ing and dy­ing, she took it upon her­self to start bring­ing food to the pound and find­ing adop­tive homes for the dogs. This is a very ex­pen­sive task, and so SOS was born.

This shel­ter now houses al­most 100 dogs, plus some in foster care and runs on do­na­tions, a few lo­cal em­ploy­ees, and vol­un­teers. Al­most ev­ery dog res­cued needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion, so the vet­eri­nary ex­penses are very high. Although the city pound has im­proved in the last few years, SOS is still in­volved in get­ting dogs out of the pound and adopted.

SOS takes on the worst case sce­nar­ios with­out a thought and al­ways gets the dogs the med­i­cal at­ten­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and love they need to get healthy and re­homed. Many dogs res­cued here are in dire con­di­tion ei­ther from tor­ture, star­va­tion or be­ing hit by a car.

It can be a heart­break­ing or a re­ward­ing en­deavor, depend­ing on the out­come of each dog. Sylvie’s goal for the fu­ture is to have mo­bile clin­ics that are able visit neigh­bour­hoods, street by street and pick up dogs, ster­il­ize them, pro­vide a spe­cial col­lar to iden­tify they were ster­il­ized and de­liver them back to the street

SOS el Arca needs or their own­ers. “This way, af­ter five years the over­pop­u­la­tion of street dogs should be con­trolled,” Sylvie states. Also, the mo­bile clin­ics will visit fam­i­lies in need and pro­vide vet­eri­nary ser­vices all the while mon­i­tor­ing the dogs that were ster­il­ized in the neigh­bor­hood.

SOS el Arca would also like to have a pro­gram vis­it­ing schools and ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren about an­i­mal wel­fare, and de­velop a Zoo-ther­apy pro­gram, train­ing res­cued dogs to be­come aids to dis­abled or sick chil­dren liv­ing with ter­mi­nal ill­ness. Vol­un­teers are greatly needed daily. Satur­day is bath day, or you can par­tic­i­pate in nightly dog walks on 5th to raise aware­ness and funds. What a fun way to give back and help out an amaz­ing cause.

To do­nate, vol­un­teer, adopt or foster, check out Face­book/SOS el Arca or at www.sose­

SOS El Arca pro­grams in­clude res­cue, med­i­cal care, hous­ing and ster­il­iza­tion


Photo: SOS El Arca

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