Here in San Diego it’s great to know that several rescue groups have been stepping up to aid with the dog overpopulation problems in Mexico. As we all know, Mexicans are relatively unconcerned with fixing their pets, and the resulting dogs can be seen everywhere in every town in Mexico. It’s helpful for our volunteers to learn a bit of Spanish for when they visit Mexico to either get dogs or to visit shelters down there. We have been suggesting to rescue workers that they check out Rocket Spanish, an excellent software tool (you can check out an in-depth review here). It’s a great way to learn what you need at home on your own time.
Dog overpopulation has been a huge problem in Mexico for a long time. The country lacks the money, resources, and prevailing culture to neuter and spay their pets. Mexicans as a whole do not view dogs the way that we do here in America. The culture is just different down there and they don’t often view dogs as the family members and “people” like they do in America.
Learning a bit of Spanish to help with dog rescue could be one of the most rewarding things that you do in this lifetime. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a way to help – not everyone has the time to do this, of course, but if you do then you get the best of both worlds: a new language as well as a sense of doing good in this world.
If you’re interested in a dog rescue that has been doing work in Mexico check out Animal Rescuers Without Borders.