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Animals for Adoption in Merida

Animals for Adoption in Merida

26 October 2010 Animals in the Yucatan 1

Dogs on Adoption ... Examples

Chispa Vida

Check out Vida, this cute little cocker mix! Vida was abandoned several months ago by her owners and was rescued by a kind man who brought her to Sanctuary Evolución. She is just a doll! She has spent some time in home care with one of our volunteers, but is now back at the shelter waiting for her forever home!
She is about 3 years old, has had all her shots and has been spayed. If you’re looking for a smaller dog who just loves getting attention, Vida is the one!!!


Say hello to Tabitha! Tabitha is a beautiful Dalmatian mix. About 3-4 years old, she was brought to Evolución with a huge tumor on her hind area. The tumor required several chemotherapy treatments and some reconstructive surgery. But she is doing wonderfully today! She is a sweet dog with lots of energy and is just looking for that special person to come along and adopt her!! Tabitha has been spayed and has had all her shots.


Shy and very sweet 3-4 month old kitten. She loves to be around other cats and to be pet and love. She has been already spayed. If you think Minsy is an option for you contact Jill.


2 year old white shepard and red poodle mix, Spirit is a Shepadoodle! She is very friendly, protective and energetic. Loves to retrieve balls and play and walks on a leash. Spirit has been spayed and is eager to please. She likes to run and have loads of fun and if you have a pool, she loves swimming. She is also good with children and other dogs. In this photo she has short hair but you could have it long. She does not shed much hair due to her breed (the poodle part...). Spirit will be the spirit of your house if you take her home!

These were some of the animals available at Evolución when we wrote this article. Contact AFAD or Evolución now to find out more about the animals available for adoption now!

Evolución, Albergue y Sanctuario
Cel: 045 999 193 0628

What To Do If You See An Animal Mistreated

If you see an animal being starved, beaten, chained, deprived of water or otherwise mistreated, the best thing to do is to report this to the City of Merida. There are laws and it is their responsibility to enforce those laws.

You can do this in two ways:

Through the website:

Select “Registrar Solicitudes de Servicio”. Next, look for PROTECCION DE ANIMALES DOMESTICOS. It may be a bit tricky to fill out the form, but give it a try. Where it says “Seleccionar Colonia”, write the colonia where the mistreatment is taking place and then press “Buscar”.

By phone (but only if you can speak and understand Spanish). Call Subdireccion de Ecologia y Residuos Solidos del Ayuntamiento at 942-00-24. Someone at that phone will ask for the information and give you a service number. Keep the number and call often to verify the status of your order.

Don’t stop doing this!! We have proven that by being persistent and respectful of the local laws, we can get people to listen!

Please let us know if you have any successes or failures with this process.

Please Support Yucatan's Independently-Run Animal Shelters

Here are the two animal shelters in Merida that are mentioned above. If you want a new dog, please look here first. If you have lost a dog, look here first as well.

If you have found a dog you cannot keep, please contact them for instructions. If they are able to give the dog a temporary home, they will. We encourage you to be generous with a donation when you bring them a stray dog.

If you are visiting Merida and want to take a dog home, please know that this is NOT difficult and they can help!

For information about the situation of companion animals in Mexico, go to Companions to None.


Evolución is located in Uman, south of Merida. Sylvia runs this large enclosed shelter like a bed & breakfast for dogs, giving them lots of space to roam free. Jill Benson helps out and will be the one talking to you if you wish to adopt a dog. Evolución has events, like dog baths, that you can participate in if you want to visit the dogs. Just give them a call! If you don't see a pet you like on these pages, give Evolución a call and arrange to visit to find your perfect companion.

Cel: 045 999 193 0628

AFAD - Albergue Franciscano de Animal Desprotegido

The Franciscan Shelter for Unprotected Animals (ask for Lidia, who understands English, and many assistants/volunteers who speak English) AFAD has these dogs and more at their shelter in north Merida, just off the Periferico on the way to Cholul. They think it is very important that, if you want to adopt a dog or cat, you come and meet with them at the shelter. AFAD is very careful about the families that they allow to adopt dogs, and the conditions that the dogs will be kept in on a daily basis. If you know that you will give a dog a loving home for the rest of its natural life, please visit AFAD to find the dog that it is just right for you!

AFAD is only open Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 2 pm. This is when the volunteers are there to assist you with the dogs, and to explain the adoption process. AFAD is located almost opposite the University Modelo on the road to Cholul (orange fence and gate cafe).

You may not see a dog from AFAD on this page, but if you live in the North and want to adopt a dog, call or email AFAD right away and they will help you out! There are always more wonderful dogs and cats looking for a home than people to adopt them.

Email: (replies will be in English)
Phone: + 52 (99) 9920 5019 or 044 999 947-6319


  • Rick Bertram 1 year ago

    Hi there, we are Canadian and British, living in southern Campeche State with a small hotel we built. We have 2 jack russells but they sleep in the house with us.
    We would like a dog, large, Sheppard maybe, to roam the property at night. Can you help us or tell us where to look?

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