Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Volun-cation"- Make your next vacation count

Want to make a difference on your next vacation? Come to Cancun and give your time to a very worthy organization helping homeless and abused animals. RAP Cancun is holding their annual spay and neuter clinic this October and they need your help. RAP is working with CANDI International in providing free spaying and neutering to pet owners who might not otherwise be able to afford it and are also planning to do some "catch and release" work with animals in the street in the hopes of reducing the population of homeless animals.

Here is the information from their release:

CANDi’s Second Annual
Mexico Spay & Neuter Clinic

CANDi - Cats and Dogs International is proud to announce that our second annual Mexico sterilization clinic will take place October 10 - 24, 2009.

We need volunteers to help us reach our goal of 500 sterilizations! Volunteers are needed to help the animals after surgery, through recovery. The only thing volunteers need to have is a love of animals. Volunteers do NOT need special skills!

This year we are doing a 2-week sterilization clinic in Mexico. Our goal is to sterilize 50 animals per day. The first week of the clinic will be held in the small Yucatan jungle town of San Cosme with outreach in nearby Ignacio Zaragoza (Ochenta). San Cosme is located 1½ hours west of Cancun. The second week of the clinic will take place in Bonfil, a neighborhood just 10 minutes south of Cancun.

Clinic Dates & Details For Volunteers

Week One – San Cosme & Ignacio Zaragoza (Ochenta)
Dates: Saturday, October 10 – Saturday, October 17, 2009
Details: Volunteers will arrive in Cancun on Saturday or early on Sunday (October 10th or 11th). We can help those who arrive on Saturday arrange a room at the Marriott Courtyard for Saturday night. We will leave for San Cosme on Sunday the 11th to go set up for the clinic. The clinic will operate from Monday October 12th through Friday the 16th. On Saturday October 17th we will pack and return to Bonfil. Transportation will be provided.

Accommodations: All volunteers for the San Cosme/Ochenta clinic will be sleeping at the clinic (clean, simple, dorm-style accomodations). We can accommodate 30 volunteers; Pan American Medical Mission Foundation will be donating the beds. We will have a cook to prepare 3-meals a day for us. The clinic has cots and hammocks, bathrooms, a full kitchen (with a microwave), washer and dryer.

Week Two – Bonfil, Cancun
Dates: Saturday, October 17 – Saturday October 24, 2009
Details: This clinic will be held at the RAP Cancun animal clinic in Bonfil, on the south side of Cancun. The clinic will operate from Monday October 19th through Friday the 23rd. CANDi will provide 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch) to volunteers at the Bonfil, Cancun clinic. Note that volunteers for the Bonfil Clinic will be responsible for their own dinners.

CANDi-CATS & DOGS INTERNATIONAL | Darci Galati, President:
Accommodations: The Marriott Courtyard in Bonfil (10 minutes south of the clinic site) has offered a special rate to our volunteers of $39 USD, plus tax, per room. This is a clean, nicely appointed 3-star hotel with a pool. If you are interested in booking a room please make a one-night deposit by September 16th to guarantee your reservation. In case of cancellation please give 24-hours notice. To reserve your room at the special rate you MUST contact Darci Galati at For more info about the hotel please visit:

Please contact CANDi today to let us know which week you can volunteer for! And please forward this document to your friends; we need everyone’s help!

Note that all volunteers are responsible for their own airfare to and from Cancun. Be sure to let us know if you have any special dietary needs (i.e. vegetarian, vegan, etc.).

Map: To see a map showing both locations for this clinic please visit:

To volunteer please contact Darci Galati at
Fundraising for the Spay & Neuter Clinic

We are running a fund-raising initiative on Facebook to raise money for this clinic. Your donation of just $30 USD will help us sterilize one dog! Our goal is to raise $5,000 USD to offset the costs of the clinic. Please visit our Facebook page, become a member, make a donation and invite your friends to join our cause. Thanks for your support!

Visit our CANDi Cancun Facebook page at:

Our Humane Partners
For this clinic we are partnering with Vet Ventures, Pan-American Medical Mission Foundation, Isla Animals and RAP Cancun Animal Rescue to aid us in helping many of the stray dogs and cats in Mexico.


I've written about RAP in the past and will do so again, they are a much needed organization in Cancun, the problem of stray animals is huge. If you can do anything to help, please do, come down and volunteer your time or donate to the cause, you'll be contributing to an extremely worthwhile cause. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support!


KfromMichigan said...

Can't promise, but if I can drag my butt from the beach, I'll donate my time for one day. I will stop in to donate money. Is it located on the road to Puerto Morelos?

Kelly said...

If there's any way I can make it, I will! I'm going to re-post on my Facebook, I've got a lot of animal (and Cancun) loving friends. Great post, hope your week is going well!

ElleCancun said...

I too will post on my facebook page as i have a ton of friends who will hopefully help out!! Of course i can also make a financial donation!! Thx for sharing with us!

CancunCanuck said...

KfromMichigan- You are lovely! The Cancun clinic is located just off the highway on the way to the airport, not nearly as far as Puerto Morelos. Contact the group for details (or Rivergirl, she's pretty heavily involved).

Kelly- That's great, thanks, spread the word!

On Mexican Time- You rock, thanks tonnes, hopefully they'll have enough warm arms to soothe the poor babies after surgery. :)

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