My name is Annette Bodier and I was born in Germany, , pursued a career in Marine Biology I have always been active in animal and environmental protection. Within 3 months of arriving in Mexico in December 2005 I rescued my first street puppy, her name is Kanche, and she is still with me now.
By the time I arrived in Puerto Escondido in the south of Mexico, I had seen a lot of suffering dogs and could no longer ignore the pleading eyes of the starving and injured animals...
As a result Perros en Puerto A.C. was founded in August 2008. PEP is a registered, non-governmental, non-profit organization and is funded through donations and my personal savings.
As part of the canine population control program PEP organized 12 sterilization campaigns free or at low cost to the community and managed to sterilize more than a 2000 dogs and cats between 2008 and 2012.
Although animal protection laws have recently been implemented in the State of Oaxaca, people still can and will do just about anything to maltreat animals. In the Mexican culture it is commonly accepted to keep animals in very poor conditions, as well as hurt and injure and often kill animals in very cruel ways. Abandoning dogs is extremely common throughout Mexico and at this point in time Mexico is ranked No. 1 of all Latin American countries with respect to animal abandonment and abuse.
Puerto Escondido has an estimated population of 20,000+ dogs and many of them can be seen roaming the streets, foraging for food or being tied up on short chains inside people’s properties without shelter, food or water. There are thousands of abandoned and abused dogs in Puerto Escondido that need our help. We frequently receive calls or emails from distressed tourists that are concerned about the situation of the dogs in this town.
PEP A.C. has made it its goal to help those that suffer from abuse and abandonment by providing a refuge to homeless dogs, as well as being a role model for the community by providing medical support to the sick and injured dogs, organizing free sterilizations to control the over population of the animals and creating awareness through campaigns and school education projects.
2 dog shelters (one for puppies and another for adult dogs) were opened in March and April of 2009 and have since given a home to more than 600 street dogs, most of which were eventually adopted into a new home. The shelters are currently providing a home to over 60 dogs and 2 horses, but there are many more that need our help. Due to lack of space and resources, however, I am not able to take on more.
The dog shelters are run with the aim:
- to provide shelter to homeless, sick, injured and abused animals
- to provide medical help, food and loving care
- to find a new home for the shelter animals through our adoption program
- to be the LAST memorable experience for the old and terminally ill animals
As part of our Shelter Outreach Program (SOP) we also help dogs and cats that are owned by the poorer members of the community, providing financial and medical support to injured and sick animals.
Over the past 8 years we frequently had to relocate and rebuild the shelters as the land where the shelters were located was only on loan. However, just recently, in November 2016, we were given a large piece of land to build a permanent shelter for the dogs of Puerto Escondido. Now we are faced we the challenge