The city of Soledad de Graciano Sanchez in Mexico is home to an estimated 300,000 stray dogs.
Life is tough for these street dogs—they’re never sure where they’re going to get food to eat, and it can be difficult for them to get help if they’re hurt. But now, Soledad de Graciano Sanchez is making life a little easier for these pups. In January 2019, the city began two new programs to help street dogs.
One of the first initiatives taken by the city this year is a program called ‘ComeDog’. Together with the local citizens’ response group Respuesta Ciudadana, City Hall placed 15 food dispensers in public areas where dogs with empty bellies can find a free meal and clean water.
The dispensers are made of simple PVC pipe and filled with dry food donated mostly by the people of the city. Respuesta Ciudadana will be in charge of making sure the dispensers are filled regularly and offering a friendly hand to the dogs they meet there.
The program has already been a success—the city’s stray dogs are so excited when they come across one of these food dispensers!
The city has also introduced an ambulance that will offer care to both street dogs and local pets.
Ambudog is Mexico’s first ambulance that’s used solely for caring for animals. Veterinarians working with Ambudog are offering free healthcare for both stray animals and pets. Some of the services provided including spaying and neutering and vaccinations.
Everyone is excited about this new program—people have been lining up outside the ambulance with their pets!
This includes vaccinations and spay/neuter services that will hopefully put an end to pet homelessness in the future. Hoping to end the spread of deadly diseases among street dogs, Dolores Elisa García Román, Director of Municipal Services Soledad de Graciano Sánchez says.
So far, both of these programs have been very successful. Tons of stray dogs have started eating from ComeDog’s food dispensers, and AmbuDog has been able to vaccinate and treat lots of pups.
Soledad de Graciano Sanchez is doing an amazing job caring for their stray dog population.
Other cities in Mexico are already considering following Soledad’s example by introducing similar programs to work for the benefit of their homeless animals!