Tuesday Shelter Spotlight – Playa Animal Rescue

*Who is filling out this interview?

Patricia Faulstich

*What is your position for your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Social Media Director

*What is the name of your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Playa Animal Rescue

*Where are you located?
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

*Do you offer any awareness programs to your community?
Every Saturday we have Charm School, where visitors can interact with our dogs, teaching basic commands, leash training and help bathe them. This interaction helps socialize the dogs, making the transition to an adoptive home easier.

We try to educate locals in the importance of spay/neuter and regular check-ups and vaccinations for their dogs
*How long has your Animal Rescue/Shelter been around for?
Playa Animal Rescue was founded in October of 2011

*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
We mainly focus on dogs/puppies, but we work together with other rescues to aid in the rescue of cats and other wildlife.

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
We welcome any and all volunteers. Our volunteers are invaluable and we couldn’t function like we do without them.

*What types of items do you take as donations?
Just about anything dog related. Towels, shampoos, metal bowls, strong toys, leashes, collars and medications and preventatives like Frontline and Heartgard. We also welcome cleaning supplies for the shelter like bleach and laundry detergent.

*Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you want my viewers to know about?
Our annual fundraiser will be the end of February 2015. The exact date and venue is still to be decided.

*What is the adoption process like?
We do have strict adoption protocol requiring references from friends as well as a reference for a vet if possible. We will do a home check if it’s a local adoption making sure there is a secure fenced in yard. If not a local adoption we welcome photos of the home and yard. We have homed dogs in other countries, mainly Canada and the US, where we find an escort to travel with the dog to its new home.

*What does your shelter/rescue hope to achieve in 2014?
We are constantly working to finish and equip our on-site clinic. Dr Mauricio, our vet, lives on site and we hope to open a low-cost clinic to help the local population be able to afford the cost of care for their pets.

We also hope to someday enlarge our quarantine area.

*Anything else you want to add?
Playa Animal Rescue has a very strict protocol when it comes to taking in new dogs. The dog will have to spend a minimum of 15 days in our quarantine area, separate from the general population. This is to ensure that the dog is free of one of the many serious diseases that are unfortunately common in the area. We often ask locals to foster an animal until a space opens in our quarantine.

*Social Media Contacts:
Email: pat@playaanimalrescue.org
Website: http://www.playaanimalrescue.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayaAnimal
RescueTwitter: https://twitter.com/playaanimal

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