Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another day of abandoned dogs in Guatemala

Unfortunately, another day of dumped animals.  The little puppies were
abandoned, luckily they can lap a little so don't need bottle feeding,
four little sweeties, and then several kittens were also brought in.

Would anyone like to take home one of these adorable animals?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Spay and Neuter Clinic by Mayan Families in Guatemala

Last month we held a parade in town in Panajachel.. It was to promote
vaccinating your animal with Rabies vaccine and also to spay and
neuter to reduce the amount of unwanted animals suffering in the

The parade was a huge success.  We held a spay and neuter clinic the
next day and operated on lots of dogs and cats.

The Mayor of San Andres Semebetaj contacted us after the parade and he
asked if we would come and do the same thing in his town.

We were very happy to be able to do that.

On Tuesday we held a large parade with the help of the children from
the elementary school in San Andres and also the children from the
Mayan Families/Mission Guatemala Pre-school in San Andres.

On Wednesday we held the spay and neuter clinic and had 28 mostly dogs
...but a few cats....come along.

The clinic was held at the local community health center. The Mayor
and all the people involved were so helpful.
They have a very big problem with lots of dogs in the streets, we saw
several packs when we first arrived.

We are very happy to help with this problem and wish that we had the
funds to be able to do these clinics daily.

If you would like to help us stop the amount of unwanted animals in
the street and all the terrible suffering that they endure....please
help with a small donation.
It is $25 US for us to spay /neuter an animal.   This prevents so much
future suffering.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mayan Families in Guatemala awarded "The GuideStar Exchange Seal"

Exciting News! We have just been awarded "The GuideStar Exchange Seal"!
The GuideStar Exchange Seal program is an exclusive list of organizations who have been validated by providing full organization transparency.
As a result our organization becomes a seal holder and can use it to promote Mayan Families as being fraud-free, trust-worthy and safe to do business with.

Here is the link:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bathing Beauties!

These bathing beauties are ready for a new home! Please donate generously and help us spread the word! No homeless animals. www.mayanfamilies.org
Here are the photos! https://picasaweb.google.com/mayanfamilies/May252011ThePuppiesGetABathErinKokdil?feat=directlink

More Rescued Puppy photos

Mayan Families "Hope for the Animals" latest batch of Puppies and Dogs available! Many more to choose from! Cats, Kittens and Adult Dogs also available! All are sterilized with up to date shots!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photos of Dogs, Puppies available for adoption!

Mayan Families "Hope for the Animals" Program has over 40+ Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens available for adoption! We are also building dog house shelters to keep them safe until they get adopted!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 14th Clinic, 29+ animals sterilized!

Mayan Families conducted it's April Clinic on May 14th because the Vet, Dr. Miguel was sick on the originally scheduled day. At this clinic Mayan Families Spayed and Neutered 29+ Dogs, Puppies, Cat and Kittens!
We always have available for adoption, Adult Dogs and Cats, Puppies and Kitten, males and females. Please help Mayan Families "Hope for the Animals" program spread the word!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Puppies available for Adoption!

Mayan Families has a whole mess of puppies--3 different litters--that are just about old enough to go to good homes. They come fixed, vaccinated, and well socialized with other dogs and people. Just send me a message or comment on the picture if you want more info, in general or about a particular puppy. I'm going to put up a few more puppies periodically until they're all on here (I think there are 9 total). Two of the moms are street dogs, (one has a home that wouldn't care for the puppies), but all three are great with people.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Please adopt a Guatemalan Dog, Puppy, Cat or Kitten!

Hi everyone,
Please adopt a Guatemalan Dog, Puppy, Cat or Kitten! Ask us how by e-mailing Dwight at dwight@mayanfamilies.org
They will be spayed/Neutered and have had their shots!
Thank you for helping save the life of a Dog, Cat, Puppy or Kitten!

Clinic news

Caroline, thank you so much! This is so nice of you. It is a big job and it takes a lot of us to get it done each month but when we first started I had to bribe people to come by giving them a pair of shoes or a t.shirt or something, now we don't have to do that, and people come willingly. That I feel is amazing and is due to a lot of the education classes that we do at the schools. Helen goes to schools 2-3 times a week and gives talks to children about how to treat animals and how to look after them and encourages people to bring their dogs and cats to spay and neuter.
I wish we could afford to spread this program further but it is so hard to come up with the funds for it. We have people from all over Guatemala asking us to come there and do clinics.
I got a complaint from someone the other day when I posted on Facebook about all the dogs and cats we have that are needing a home. I jokingly said that the dogs were all bilingual and that they could go to the U.S. and Canada....she took a lot of offense at this and said that when children are starving we shouldn't be promoting the animals. It is a fine line because I know that a lot of people will feel the same way but we are not going to stop.....as animal lovers you just can't . The suffering is too much and while we are just a drop in the bucket, we will keep on dropping!!! :)
Thanks for your encouragement!

From a Nashua classroom to a Mayan burial pit - NashuaTelegraph.com

From a Nashua classroom to a Mayan burial pit - NashuaTelegraph.com

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spay and Neuter Clinic

I was just looking through the photo album for the last spay/neuter clinic, when 43 pets were spayed or neutered in one day. First, photos #102 and #117 should win some photo contest!! - in the first one, the little boy holding his puppy who has just been brought home from the clinic, sporting a new collar that I am sure is courtesy of Mayan Families, is just precious! Likewise the second one, with the two puppies nestled in a lady's arm, one pup with his paws wrapped around the other's neck. Priceless!

I also wanted to say, as an animal lover, former vet tech and having worked a lot in rescue, how incredible it is that Mayan Families and the veterinary staff can consistently pull this off every month. I mean, it's not just the 43 surgeries, but the pickup and drop off of the animals - not always so easy as the photos show ie some dogs having to be captured, some wearing muzzles, and one person's apparent bite wound - the dog food and collars given to the owners, wow! There is another photo of the vet or maybe vet tech with sweat pouring off his face and his scrubs soaking wet - that is hard work!

I still hope to plan a trip around a clinic sometime soon, but in the meantime I just wanted to say again how incredibly important this is not just to the animals (both to save them from horrible deaths by poisoning and the overpopulation issue) but to people, from a public health standpoint. Thanks to you and everyone connected with Mayan Families that make this possible. How I wish it were so in other parts of Guatemala!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Here are some photos of our February 2011 Sterilization clinic! We were able to do 43 dogs and cats!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

National Spay Day 2011

Hi, everyone,
Today is the U.S.'s national Spay Day 2011. Organizations all over the world
are joining in and they can have their own Spay Day at any time. Sharon
recently posted about an upcoming spay/neuter clinic. I'm sending out a
challenge to all animal lovers on the list, to donate to spay or neuter one pet
or street animal, or to have one vaccinated. Last year over 50,000 animals were
spayed or neutered on Spay Day and this is the 17th year of the program.

I've told Sharon many times, that nowhere in Guatemala are the dogs and cats as
prosperous as they are in Panajachel and surrounding villages, and it's all
thanks to Mayan Families' spay/neuter programs. Even if you're not an animal
, the benefits of participating are far-reaching for public health and
safety ie rabies prevention and keeping poison meant for dogs off the street and
also out of the hands and mouths of unsuspecting children.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, please but I believe that $25.00 will spay or
netuer a dog or cat and $5.00 will sponsor their vaccinations. Go here to
donate: www.mayanfamilies.org/DonateNow If you want to sponsor a dog or cat
in memory of a beloved pet, you can do that too.

For more information on Spay Day, go here:

And if I can put in a plug for this - if you're thinking of adding a pet to your
family, please consider adopting from a local shelter or animal rescue group, or
even from Mayan Families! Yes, they ship! To paraphrase a Humane Society
slogan: "Until there are no more unwanted pets dying in shelters or on the

Monday, February 14, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stop the Poisoning!

These are photos of dogs that were poisoned. Plus photos of the free medical clinic!

Monday, January 31, 2011

1st ever Animal Rights March, Parade and Rally in Guatemala City!

Mayan Families made history on Sunday January-30-2011 by being a part of the 1st ever, 1st Annual Animal Rights March and Rally in Guatemala City! We had 10 people come along with us and we joined thousands in the March and Rally! This was the first Rally and Protest of this size for Animal Rights! Numerous small groups were in attendance, however, only Mayan Families, as a group, was invited to speak up on stage! Our Indigenous Mayan representatives, Rosa, her friends and family got up on the stage that moments before had a popular Guatemalan Rock Group Playing to the adoring fans and she spoke to the crowd in Spanish to great woofs, cat calls and loud applause! Rosa, our spokesperson and Mayan Families were later interviewed on Guatemala local T.V. and by the Presna Libre Newspaper!