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Tourist’s Guide to Animal Welfare

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CANDi works throughout Mexico and the Caribbean

CANDi International - is an international animal welfare organization that works with other international animal welfare groups, animal rescue groups in Mexico, the Caribbean, US and Canada. CANDi partners with these groups with a common goal of saving lives of stray/abandoned dogs and cats through sterilization, education and adoption programs.

Through the support of the tourism industry and CANDi we can raise awareness and funding to accomplish these goals.

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Volunteer Abroad

CANDi works with international and local organizations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Opportunities exist for all types of volunteers.

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Volunteer at Home

No matter how you wish to support us, there are many ways to get involved, including fundraising both online and in your community.

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  • I was nervous going into this experience as I was very unsure of what to expect, but to see the gratitude and smiles from each of the owners made it all worthwhile and brought tears to my eyes on a number of occasions.

    Nicole Barton, AHT
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  • I definitely plan on taking part in the program again and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for helping animals in need.

    Veronica Oggy, RVT
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  • Everyone was willing to show and teach others, and after just a few hours on day one we were in a groove like we’d been doing it for years.

    Melanie Boccaccio
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  • An extra bonus was interacting with the local vets, volunteers and owners. I really feel like I made a difference for the animals and their families.

    Janet Jones, DVM
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  • These animals lives and quality of life will be changed for the better, and the amount of continuing care I see going on down there gives me peace of mind that there are people who tirelessly give their time to help.

    Michelle Culpeper
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Hope's Story

My name is Hope and I was rescued by a little boy and brought to the people at the clinic in Cancun. I have a really amazing story! My mother decided she didn't want me any longer. She kept putting me on the street but I kept coming home because…

Chaparrito Pepito's Story

Chaparrito Pepito's Story
Our vacation in Mexico had been wonderful, little did we know we were about to fall in love. Kristine had noticed a homeless dog and her puppies on the side of the road. On our last day, I felt compelled to see the puppies she couldn’t get out of her…

MariaAlicia, Melody and Sadie

I met MariaAlicia via a friend of mine in Cancun. In August of '06 I was there and noticed a dog that was following people down the beach. At first I thought she was with people, but after 2 days it became obvious she was not with anyone. I was…