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Amapolita clinic treats 200 cats and dogs

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Residents bring their dogs and cats to a spay-and-neuter clinic supported by volunteers. Photo: Amigos de Rico

Mérida, Yucatán — In one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, a spay-and-neuter clinic is treating 200 dogs and cats, fueled strictly from public donations.

The first patient — a basset hound led by a leash — got in line at 7 a.m. in Col. Amapolita.

The second and final clinic is next Sunday, Jan. 28, in Flamboyanes, with a goal of treating 100 animals. The clinics are a response to chronic overpopulation of stray dogs and cats in Yucatán.

US$25 covers costs for one dog or cat. To volunteer or donate, contact Sara Bateman at sara_bateman@hotmail.com or visit the Facebook page for Amigos de Rico.

Dr. Jeff Young, initiator of this annual activity through Planned Pethood International, Planet Pethood Mexico and AFAD, together with Lidia Saleh Angulo and Dr. Antonio Ríos Pérez, had planned a much larger clinic in three cities, but canceled the mass sterilization when the state government withdraw its funding.

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