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Someone is in the kissing mood. Photo credit: Playa Animal Rescue

A new shelter in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is helping out local four-legged residents. Opening its doors in April, 2012, Playa Animal Rescue (PAR) is a non-profit, no-kill shelter focused on rescuing street dogs. The people behind the shelter, a mix of citizens from the United States, Mexico, and Canada, are “dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abandoned dogs, and to finding permanent, loving homes for each of them.” 

Mexico has a huge stray dog population of five million. Many are rounded up monthly and electrocuted. Others survive off of garbage and human kindness. Sue Silva, one of the founders of Playa Animal Rescue said, “This is an overwhelming mission with hundreds of starving dogs roaming the streets and so little being done in the past to control the street dog population. We need spay and neuter programs, education for the local people, rescue missions, medical attention, food and shelter for the rescued, and adoptions into loving homes.”  

Photo credit: Playa Animal Rescue

Pat Faulstich, who is on the Board of Directors of Playa Animal Rescue added, “There are so many sick, starving, abused and homeless animals in this area, and our organization is trying to make a difference. Anyone that has visited this area can see the need for help. We are a totally No Kill shelter. We receive no funding, and rely totally on the generosity of supporters.”

Although Playa Animal Rescue focuses on dogs, they also work with other shelters and organizations to help cats. The shelter does community outreach and education to encourage responsible pet guardianship, and promotes the spaying and neutering of pets.

The shelter is currently home to 65 dogs, available for cross boarder adoptions to the United States and Canada. It is run by a caretaker and volunteers. It has it’s own clinic, but is in need of donations to keep it running. Please visit to look at dogs available for adoption or to donate.

Laying in the sun. Photo credit: Playa Animal Rescue