Mexican City Moves Towards Making A Better Life For Their Many Strays—Will it work?

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source: Tracy Few

According to officials of Soledad de Graciano Sanchez, Mexico, there are an estimated 300,000 stray dogs wandering the city, in need of the most basic care and needs.  Instead of looking away, as most individuals due, the city has made a pledge of looking out for the health and wellbeing of its homeless pets.  The city’s government, in conjunction with many of the dog-loving residents, will work hand-in-hand to make 2019 the best it can be for the homeless dogs.

The first step in the city’s new initiative is that of making sure all strays have ample food and water available at all times.  To achieve this, they are using a program that is called “ComeDog.”  Along with Respuesta Ciudadana, a local citizen’s response group, City Hall has placed and installed fifteen dispensers of food and water, in multiple areas of the city.  This will give the strays the ability to have access to a free meal and clean water whenever it is needed.

The dispensers themselves are made of PVC pipe, filled with dry dog food that the majority of which has been considerately donated by the people of the city.  It will be the responsibility of Respuesta Ciudadana to make sure the dispensers are routinely filled.  They will also interact with and offer a friendly hand to any of the strays that may be present during the dispensers fillings.

Mayor Gilberto Hernandez Villafuente released a statement emphasizing the importance for all the city’s residents to cooperate in the effort to provide the meals to the strays, along with a safe, caring environment.  In addition to providing area strays with food and water, the city has also introduced an ambulance designated expressly to be of service for the strays.  The personnel is there to offer care to stray dogs as well as the local pets.  “Ambudog” was unveiled just last week, and is the first of its kind expressly dedicated to animal care.

The veterinarians stationed on Ambudog will be offering healthcare free of charge, to any of the city’s many cats and dogs—whether they are part of a family, or are wandering the city streets.  The services offered include vaccinations, which many are hoping will end the spread of fatal diseases within both the pet and stray communities, and spay/neuter services, which the city’s officials hope will help to end the amount of homeless pets on the streets in the future.

Director of Municipal Services for the city, Dolores Elisa Garcia Roman stated: “There is an infectious picture when the puppy is born and if a month and a half is not vaccinated mainly by distemper or parvovirus, there is a contagion, both in people and animals, then this ambulance will be taken to all the suburbs and attend to all the puppies.”

So, what’s the verdict—you decide.

Will the addition of the “Comedog” feeders and waterers, as well as the new “Ambudog” aid in helping the many strays in the Mexican city?