As a tourist on vacation, you may see animals in distress that you want to help, but you don’t know how. Here are some ideas.
- Feeding: Take food scraps to an accessible spot a safe distance from the road. If there are multiple dogs or cats, spread it out to prevent fights. If the animals are very thin, portion the food out in small amounts, rather than as a single large meal, which can be detrimental. Leave water if possible.
- Sterilizing: If the dog or cat is approachable and friendly, consider taking it to the vet for vaccinations and sterilization. You can then return it to where it was found, knowing it will not contribute to the overpopulation problem.
- Adopting: It’s easier than you think. For information, go to Adopt a Dog.
- Escorting a dog: Our humane partners in Mexico and the Caribbean often have dogs ready to go to shelters and homes in the United States and Canada—but no way to get them there. That’s because some flights do not allow animals to travel without a passenger "escort". If you are flying out of these destinations, please consider being an escort. For more information contact our Adoption Liaison at
- Spreading the word: Are there stray cats at your resort? Does it have a Cat Café? Are there stray dogs on the beach near your hotel? Tell the management about CANDi and how we can help them help these animals.
- Becoming a donor. Your donation to CANDi will help us implement more programs to save more stray cats and dogs.