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New Veterinary Clinic In Chelem

This was originally posted in the forum by Yolisto members Lynette and ELNIDO.

This is a truly exciting development in Yucatan to help address the problems of caring for animals. Construction of the clinic has already begun and fundraising is 2/3 complete!

Read about this project, and if you believe, as many of us do, that this will have a significant impact on the problems of stray animals in the beach towns, consider making a donation. I just heard from Dr. Jeffrey Young that the way to make a donation is to go to this website:

Planned Pethood Plus

And here it is ... wonderful! Exciting!! A happy day for beach puppies and kitties.

Chelem Project

Primary objectives

1) Test the hypothesis that humans are hardwired to care for and show compassion to companion animals.
2) Enhance the human- animal bond.
3) Enhance the health and welfare of companion animals and their caretakers.
4) Decrease the surplus while helping to maintain a healthier companion animal population.

Chelem is a smaller village near the town of Progresso in Yucatan, Mexico. Planned Pethood Plus Inc. through Planned Pethood International will build a veterinary clinic to specifically test the hypothesis that humans are hardwired to care for and show compassion to companion animals. We will start with a census to determine the number of animals and attitudes toward those animals in the village. Then, we will be offering free preventive care and basic health care for all animals, owned or non-owned.

We will be putting special emphasis on population control (i.e. Spay/neuter), disease transmission, and parasite control. We also hope to enlist a dog trainer to deal with training and behavioral issues for interested parties. We are going to enlist the help of the local government, humane organizations (AFAD, Evolution), local veterinarians, and the very active “beach community”. Our goal is to conduct one survey a year for at least 3 to 5 years to document how the health of the animals and attitude of the community is changing. We will start building the clinic in May 2012. Thus far, we have the projected building cost covered from the following sources.

1) PPI- 12,000
2) PPP-12,000
3) Dr. Young 12,000
4) PPM-12,000
5) 24,000 to be raised by donations

72,000 USD is the projected cost of the entire clinic building. We will be soliciting supplies from several companies and are hoping to get some things at cost, thus helping to defer the long term cost of the project. We will be offering other non-elective and non-prevention services at low cost to help fund the main project. We are hoping for a graduate student (from the Institute for Human Animal Connections Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver) to document and publish our results. We further hope to enlist Dr. Ortega from the University of Yucatan and Dr. Lappin from Colorado State University to help us document and report the diseases that are present in the animal population (emphasis on zoonoses).

Our belief is that by impacting the health of the companion animal population we can also impact the health of the human population. We also believe we can bring about a positive change in the attitude toward both owned animals and non-owned street animals. We have already enlisted several veterinarians who will help with the project. Ownership is defined differently throughout the world. People and children, specifically, tend to try to interact with companion animals in positive ways. Fear of disease, fear of bites, and lack of knowledge about how to live with companion animals all play a major role in how we interact with them, yet, we are still drawn to them. If we can make animals healthier and friendlier and educate people about the care of companion animals, can we help change attitudes toward the very same companion animals? That is the question.

The Chelem Project will hopefully give us insight into what we at PPI believe is fundamentally ingrained into humans. We further believe that it is our very ability to care and have compassion that will help us be more human. What better way to help bring out compassion than to interact in more positive ways with animals that have evolved with us for almost 100,000 years. Above all, we still believe human beings have a special kind of social contract with our companion animal friends.


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