In 2002, VIDAS, which is, appropriately, Spanish for LIVES, began providing spay and neuter services, free of charge, for the residents and their four legged friends in Playa del Carmen and other towns along the Riviera Maya. Founding members Cristina Gutierrez, Ruth Parkin, Robyn Gadojsik and Ginny Gill created Veterinarios Internacionales Dedicados a Animales Sanos, (International Veterinarians Dedicated to Animal Health) to address and meet the need for skilled veterinary services in Latin American countries where many residents can not afford to sterilize their pets, thus preventing unwanted litters and reducing the number of dogs and cats left to fend for themselves on the streets. This passionate group of veterinarians, veterinary students and tireless animal lovers return yearly to our beautiful corner of Mexico to provide assistance to and education for the community. Their goal is to extend their helping hands all across Latin America.

This weekend, August 9 - 12, the VIDAS doctors will hold the annual sterilization clinic at the
Escuela Secondaria General Jose Espana located on 10th Avenue at the corner of calle 104, near Nicte Ha.

All dogs and cats will be accepted for sterilization free of charge.
Animals must be checked in and registered between the hours of 8:30am and 11:00am.
Animal may be picked up the same day between the hours of 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
Animals must have no food or drink for 12 hours prior to check-in.

How can you help?

·         Tell friends and neighbors to bring their animals to the clinic for care or arrange to transport the animals yourself.

·         Donate used towels, leashes, collars or other items from this more complete wish list .

·         Volunteer your time in the recovery room providing loving TLC to pets following surgery.

·         Make a monetary donation to VIDAS via the Paypal link on their official website.

·         VIDAS Veterinarians and volunteers need transportation from the International Airport in Cancun to Playa del Carmen or possibly to their housing in Playa Secreto.

Contact Sherry Stevens at 984-119-5467 for arrival and departure times and to find out about any last minute needs at the clinic. With your support, we can reduce the number of unwanted animals living on our streets and provide healthier lives to the pets we share our homes and hearts with.