Tails Of Mexico
By Jackie Kellum
Tails of Mexico is a new name, but not a new organization. This group of ex-pats, with the original name of Operacion Compacion and Companions initially had a singular focus. It was to provide spay and neuter clinics for cats and dogs of families who lived in the Municipality of Jocotopec, who could not readily access or afford this type of care. Similarly, Operacion Amor in the municipality of Chapala has provided many free cat and dog sterilization multi-day clinics for several years now. As you probably know our local dog shelters, “The Ranch” and “Lucky Dog” are usually at capacity. Generally a ‘vacancy’ at the shelter is created if and when one of their dogs has been adopted.
Tails of Mexico’s co-focus is to relocate selected Mexican dogs to go to adoptive homes, specific rescue organizations and accepting shelters located north. This particular program is in its infancy. Credit should be given to “The Ranch” who started their own program called “Fights to Freedom” about one and a half years ago. Since that inception they worked through a complex process, and to date have successfully relocated about 48 dogs north. This group of ex-pat volunteers have graciously shared what they have learned with the Tails of Mexico volunteers as they all share the same goal of providing a good life for a dog.
Tails of Mexico has created work teams who have volunteer members to take on specific tasks and components of this program. One team’s work identifies locations in the USA and elsewhere who have rescue groups, agencies and or shelters to work with who will accept our Mexican dogs. It also includes follow-up regarding how the dog is doing in its relocation and adoption. Another group is to work on the logistics of moving the dog from here to there. This involves many steps: knowledge of rules & regulations of the involved countries and transport companies, as well as develop alternative plans if there is a problem along the way. Each dog for going north has to be identified for being a suitable candidate, have its health and temperament evaluated, prepared health wise to meet all requirements, and secure the agreement of the northern receiving party. Even a dog in one of our shelters can be considered as a candidate. Another task is to find a person willing to travel north with the dog(s), and prepare and support that person in this role. This of course all takes money.