Humane Partners

Mexico and the Caribbean are key tourist destinations for travellers from around the world. Many countries in these regions struggle economically and are challenged to find resources necessary to address local concerns. Despite this lack of financial assistance, some great work is being done for stray cats and dogs by dedicated individuals and small, grass-roots organizations. CANDi is working with many of these organizations to implement our programs and create the financial infrastructure support to ensure long-term success.

If you're a non-profit organization working to help animals, and you're interested in partnering with CANDi to further our shared mission, consider joining our Humane Partner Program.

To be a humane partner with CANDi, the local animal group must have the following criteria:

  • Charitable status in their home country, Canada or U.S.
  • A focus on spay/neuter and other prevention work, such as education
  • The belief that humane euthanasia is preferable to extreme animal suffering
  • Accurate financial record keeping and due diligence in fund management
  • Accurate and up-to-date statistics on all activities, including surgeries, adoptions and rescues
  • The ability to provide regular reporting on both finances and animal activities
  • An excellent reputation within the community
  • A substantial and active volunteer base or plans for building one

If you are a local animal group in Mexico or the Caribbean and would like further information on becoming a humane partner with CANDi, please read our Humane Partner Program Guide below or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An application to become a partner program can be found here. Once the application is filled out and approved, a letter of agreement will be sent for your signature.


  • CANDi's Humane Partner Program Guide

    About CANDi

    CANDi—Cats and Dogs International -- is the only charity specifically designed to bring animal welfare organizations together with businesses in the tourism industry to address a shared goal -- improving the lives of stray dogs and cats in destination locations.

    Founded by Darci Galati, a 20-year veteran of the tourism industry, CANDi helps tourism-based businesses implement programs that enhance the environment of travel destinations, enrich the experience of travelers, and improve the lives of animals around the globe.

    Our programs provide viable, long-term solutions to stray animal overpopulation through spay/neuter, adoption, and education programs that can be duplicated anywhere in the world.

    What is the connection between tourism, CANDi, and animal welfare?

    Unpleasurable holiday experience

    Tourists want a pleasurable holiday experience when they travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and similar destinations. But the sight of neglected or starving animals may not only ruin a trip, but may also stick with them long after they return home.




    Loss of revenue

    A 2002 study by the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association found that the stray animal problem resulted in an “astounding” loss of $15 million a year in direct and indirect tourism revenue to the Puerto Rico economy in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Tourists complain to local governments and tourist bureaus—and to their friends and potential vacationers—often deciding never to return to a particular destination.

    Tourist complaints

    Puerto Rico is not alone. Most Caribbean islands report similar complaints from tourists. Some tourist chat forums even advise animal lovers to avoid certain destinations entirely.






    Understanding is needed

    Clearly, tourism has a vested interest in addressing the problem of stray cats and dogs. But empowering the industry in solving the issue requires inside understanding of its complicated and multi-layered organizational structure.




    Providing expertise

    CANDi provides that expertise, bringing together business, economic, and charitable interests in a promise for a better future...for stray cats and dogs, for local communities, for tourists and for the tourism industry.




    Why create a Humane Partnership with CANDi?

    Despite limited resources, great work is already being done for stray cats and dogs by dedicated people and dedicated organizations everywhere. But, for most, the immediate demands in the fifi eld leave little time for exploring longterm solutions to the problems of animal overpopulation and abuse.

    CANDi is not another pair of hands on the ground. What we offer instead is access to business professionals and travel associations, marketing and organizational development expertise, media contacts, and the potential for sustainable funding sources. By working together in a humane partnership CANDi and a proven local organization combine hands-on abilities with high level corporate representation to create far-reaching strategic support to effect lasting change for animals.

    A humane partnership with CANDi will not only expand your ability to help stray dogs and cats, but also ensure lasting improvements in the lives of animals through our focus on preventing the procreation of unwanted pets. Our prevention programs include:

    • Building permanent free spay/neuter clinics to serve the public
    • Establishing and fine-tuning resort-based facilities, or “Cat Cafes,” to care for stray cats and kittens
    • Educating the next generation about responsible pet ownership

    A registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, CANDi has been endorsed by leading travel executives, such as the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies.

    CANDi offers me what I need, but never have time to work on--local funding,” says Alison Current, a full-time rescuer with Isla Animals. “CANDi also offers us important emotional support in that they value our work and are very generous in sharing the knowledge they have gained from working with so many groups in so many different countries. They have even helped me keep better records so that I can better assess what I have and what I need. Being a Humane Partner is an honor for Isla Animals: it shows that we have met some very high standards and that CANDi believes in us as an organization that can make lasting changes for the animals of Cancun.”
    – Alison Sawyer Current, founder of Isla Animals

    What are our roles and responsibilities in a Humane Partnership?

    A Humane Partnership with CANDi will help your organization develop the infrastructure and fifi nancial mechanisms necessary to achieve viable, long-term gains for the animals in your community.

    • Overseeing implementation of our proven animal welfare programs: We will oversee the program launch and train resort staff in its maintenance
    • Helping create financial stability through our international network of donors and supporters and through our proven methods for establishing steady and reliable sources of funding
    • Supporting the development of partnerships with local tourism-based businesses: once the local group identififi es the appropriate contact, CANDi will meet with that contact either in person or by phone
    • Providing access to our marketing network and network of Humane Partners: CANDi will supply all necessary supporting materials to secure meetings and establish corporate partnerships.

    What are my organization's roles and responsibilities in a Humane Partnership?

    While CANDi recognizes the important role played by every animal welfare group in these areas, we find that our most effective Humane Partners share the following attributes:

    • Charitable status in their home country
    • A focus on spay/neuter and other preventive work, such as education
    • The belief that humane euthanasia is preferable to extreme animal suffering
    • Accurate financial record keeping and due diligence in fund management
    • Accurate and up-to-date statistics on all activities involving animals, including surgeries, adoptions, and rescues
    • The ability to provide regular reporting on both finances and animal activities
    • An excellent reputation within the community
    • A substantial and active volunteer base or plans for building one

    Once an animal organization has become a Humane Partner with CANDi, we will work closely to begin making lasting change for the stray cats and dogs in your community. While CANDi offers a variety of support through the programs outlined earlier, we look to our partner to take the lead on the following:

    • Organizing local events, such as spay/neuter clinics
    • Building support within the local business community
    • Promoting CANDi programs through public forums and local media
    • Identifying appropriate contacts at local resorts and hotels with whom to introduce CANDi programs

    Together we can

    CANDi is unlike any other animal welfare group. While we require our Humane Partners to apply for that designation, we do not ask that they apply for grants. Rather we work with them to ensure sustainable funding sources. Every cent of every dollar collected by our Corporate Partners goes directly into the local groups.

    CANDi’s long-term goal is ambitious—we want to eliminate the suffering of stray dogs and cats around the world. But we can’t do this alone.

    Every animal welfare organization dreams of a day without abandoned kittens on their doorstep and without starving dogs to feed. But they can’t get there alone.

    Together, we can.

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