CANDi... saving the lives of stray cats and dogs through spay, neuter and adoption programs supported by the tourism industry, travelers and pet lovers.

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Q. Are you a Non-Profit tax-exempt organization?

A. Yes we are.  This means that donations made are considered a tax write-off!  This is available for Canadian and US donors.  We are staffed by volunteers only.  No one is paid, including our Board of Directors and Officers.  Our US ID number is 20-5299890.  In Canada you can receive a tax receipt for your donations through our partnership with Tides Canada.

Q. Where is my donation money used?

A. We are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is run by 100% volunteers.  All donations go towards our mission of saving lives by supporting our spay/neuter and adoption programs.  All our promotional material, design and technical support of our website is donated through dedicated people and companies who support our work.

Q. What do I do if I find a stray dog or cat that needs help?

A. There are several things you can do.  Visit our Get Involved - As a Tourist webpage for details.

Q. Don't Mexico and the Caribbean countries have laws to protect animals?

A. Yes, many do, but they are usually not enforced.  Animal abuse and neglect is often ignored.

Q. With so many unwanted stray animals, why don't people in Mexico and the Caribbean spay and neuter their pets?

A. People everywhere love their pets and don't want them to keep having puppies and kittens that end up homeless.  But few people realize that sterilization is an option.  Compounding this lack of awareness are simple economics.  In Mexico, spay surgery can cost the equivalent of several weeks' pay.

Q. Why does CANDi focus its adoption efforts on dogs and not cats?

A. Ideally, we would like to help all animals, but the truth is that cats born on the streets are much more difficult to socialize than dogs born on the streets.  That means they are less adoptable.  But, if you make friends with a cat while on vacation and want to bring it home, we will do everything we can to help.

Another sad fact is that cat overpopulation continues to be a problem even in areas of the United States and Canada where dog populations have been brought under control.  That means it is difficult to send cats to shelters for adoption, because those shelters typically are already full of local cats.

Q. Why is CANDi helping animals in Mexico and other destinations when we are euthanizing so many dogs in our own country?

A. Whether you live in Idaho or Ontario, chances are that you can leave your home and not be confronted by packs of stray dogs roaming your local neighborhood, scavenging for morsels of food.

It is a highly unlikely fact that you will see starving, emaciated and sick dogs dying on the streets in America or Canada. In emerging countries like Mexico, however, you will see hundreds and thousands of stray dogs left to fend for themselves on streets, in neighborhoods, in alleys, and on beaches, with no food and no one to care for them.

The fact remains that the type of animal welfare laws that are in place in the U.S. and Canada simply do not exist, or are not enforced in countries such as Mexico. Animal shelters are common place in our country, but the same facilities are not available in other countries, and dogs who are no longer wanted as pets are let loose, only to succumb to starvation, disease and even abuse.

With the lack of facilities to care for unwanted animals, strays are rounded up prior to peak tourist season and culled—or killed—by inhumane methods such as electrocution, poisoning and drowning. This simply does not happen in our own country.

To curb the homeless animal population, most shelters in the U.S. require mandatory spay/neuter prior to adoption, to end the cycle of pet overpopulation. In fact, just one female dog and her puppies can result in 67,000 dogs in six years, and one female cat and her kittens can lead to 370,000 cats being born in seven years. The only solution to end the stray animal problem is to curb reproduction, and end the cycle of suffering forever.

Free sterilization clinics organized by CANDi and its partners are the solution to the problem in places such as Cancun, where locals simply cannot afford to get their animals spayed and neutered, no matter round up the hundreds upon thousands of street dogs who are rapidly multiplying.

Since 2006, 10,000 stray animals have been sterilized in Cancun by CANDi International through the free bi-annual spay/neuter clinics saving thousands of lives, one dog at a time.


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