Help Save the Dogs of Cancun, Mexico Part 3: A Local Rescue Sanctuary


I visited Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals) during my time in Mexico.   I am so grateful to have had the opportunityto document this dog sanctuary.  Ricardo, who runs Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals), is an amazing, compassionate, hard working person.  I was very moved by this sanctuary for these forgotten dogs.  It was very surreal to walk into the open area filled with 60 dogs ready for adoption.  I have never been so happily greeted by so many dogs, all tails a wag and muchos kisses, wow!

It’s super easy to adopt a dog from Mexico! There is no quarantine with customs.

I am sending you a big hug Ricardo!!!

About Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals):

“Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals)  sanctuary was founded in March 2011 as a refuge for Cancun’s forgotten and abandoned street dogs, known locally as ‘perros callejeros’. Animals rescued by Tierra de Animales from the streets now have a safe place to call home, and a place to heal from the unfortunate circumstances that left them alone and abandoned. The mission of Tierra de Animales is clear: to rescue, rehabilitate, sterilize, socialize and adopt.  Dogs who once had virtually no chance of survival , those that have been injured, abused and those simply abandoned or born on the streets, now have a second chance for a better life. Tierra de Animales rescues dogs from Cancun, surrounding small villages, and regularly rescues dogs who are on ‘death row’ from the pound in nearby Playa del Carmen.  Many dogs that no one else would help are rescued and rehabilitated by Tierra de Animales. At TDA, they receive food, medicine, love and the chance to bond and play with other dogs who all share a history of neglect and abandonment. The sanctuary was founded and is operated by Ricardo Pimentel, who lives on the sanctuary property and cares for all of the dogs personally.

Contact Lisa Edwards, who works with Pimentel, for all adoption and general information inquiries,

For donations via Paypal:

Their website is currently undergoing renovation, but visit them soon at

Thank you for all your support with this blog series.  It was a life changing experience and incrediblyrewarding.  It feels good to be a part of a cause that is making a difference.

I will be returning to Mexico in April for the next sterilization clinic with CANDi International.



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