Project Balam-Dec 2018
Help us bring a better quality of life to the dogs living within the Ek Balam Mayan Ruins, Village & other areas of the Yucatan Penisula.
Project Balam was initially an initiative to help the stray & village dogs of Ek Balam, Mexico. We had hoped to raise enough money to have all the dogs fed on a regular basis, be vaccinated, treated and spayed or neutered. Projects evolve and are posted on the updates. We are not only focusing in the Ek Balam area but will help where it is needed and where there is an organized volunteer individual or group. To date, we have assisted with clinic sponsorship in Ek Balam, Tulum, Puerto Adventura, Valladolid & Puerto Morelos and with donations for veterinarian treatment to rescue groups: MexiPaws(Puerto Adventura), Cocos Cat Rescue(Playa del Carmen), Snoopi Project(Playa del Carmen), FRESA(Tulum), Planned Pethood International(Puerto Morelos) as well as others.
How it happened:
Upon visiting the Ek Balam Ruins in January 2015, my kids and I were shocked & saddened to find malnourished and docile dogs living within the Mayan ruins’ grounds. There, they found some safety and a few scraps of food from the workers. The most heartbreaking situation was a mother(Baretta) with a broken leg and her puppies, which all had skin lesions and were very thin. Like many of the tourists, we were at a loss. We had no food to give them and no information on how to help them.
After returning to Canada and with much research, I had connected with Lee Christie of Genesis Ecolodge near Ek Balam. Lee had been doing rescue and humanitarian relief for area stray dogs for years using her own funds. She has also assisted with veterinarian care, fostering and adopting out 70 dogs within Mexico and to the USA and Canada. Lee had provided occasional food & medical supply to the Ek Balam dogs, but she must have financial support to continue carrying out this work.
When Angela and I visited & organized a clinic in Ek Balam with Lee in November 2015, we were joined by Martie Martson and Veronica Tores to help us catch and treat the ruins dogs. Our vet was unable to spay these females that we captured but we did have 5 dogs spayed from the village. This clinic was a success in expanding our team to include Martie and Veronica who have a great deal of experience with organizing clinics in the Yucatan. Martie and Veronica followed up with organizing the spaying & neutering clinic for 68 dogs in the village of Ek Balam. Details within one of the updates. This clinic resulted in introducing me to Tricia, Danielle and Phyllis....dedicated animals rescuers.
Nov 2015, 10 dogs treated with deworming & vaccinations with 5 spayed or neutered
May 2016, this mobile clinic in Ek Balam for 68 animals.
July 2017, donation to MexiPaws toward clinic.
May 2018, donation to MexiPaws for a spay/nueter clinic in Playa Maya.
June 2018, donation to Lost Dogs Foundation for their clinic in Tulum.
Nov 15, 2018, $750 covered the cost of 21 dogs + 1 cat for spay/neutering @ Planned Pethood International(PPI)in Puerto Morelos for MexiPaws
Nov 17, 2018, $420 sponsored 13 sterilizations @ PPI for APACCC (Danielle Michon) from Valladolid
Nov 22, 2018, 15 dogs for sterilization via PPI sponsored by Wendy Fortner and Sharon Ceslak
(included with the sterilization are pain medication injection, long acting antibiotic injection and other medications for obvious conditions such as mange, fleas, tick born diseases. Ticks are removed, ears cleaned, nails trimmed....it's a spa!)
Please note: the cost per animal for spay or neuter in Mexico @ PPI is about $30 Canadian. It is amazing!! It is nearly 10x that cost here so a donation goes a long way.
Project Balam has made numerous donations to help injured and sick animals rescued by the individuals and groups listed above. The rescued animals have all thrived and most have gone on to be adopted and some have returned to their owners. We have continued to provide funding for feeding and treating the dogs at the ruins. We are very proud of our responsible distribution of funds.
There is $1000 remaining in the account.
How You Can Help
a) Donate/Raise Money
b) Spread the word & read the updates. Please share our message on social media: twitter, facebook and instagram.
c) Adopt a rescue
d) Transport a pet by escorting on a flight
e) Take a humanitarian suitcase of supplies or crates.
Who Are We?
We are animal enthusiasts who want to work with local communities to help control the feral animal population and decrease the spread of preventable diseases. Our team: Sharon Ceslak from Saskatoon, Canada, and Angela Gooliaff also resides in Canada (Vancouver) and Wendy Fortner from Saskatchewan. Over the past few years, we have learned so much from the volunteers who live in Mexico and devote their time, energy and resources to controlling the population of dogs and cats and to rescuing the injured and neglected. There have been many happy endings!
Thank you so much for your support! Your contribution, whether in the form of donation to the campaign or sharing the message with your family and friends, is truly appreciated. It’s through sharing that the campaign will be successful and we will bring good health to the Ek Balam dogs and beyond.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to post questions on GoFundMe. Once again please read the updates(find the "more" option). Many good things have happened over the past years.
On behalf of our team and our furry four-legged friends,
The November clinics @ Planned Pethood International near Puerto Morelos were a great success. Nothing like a clinic surrounded by jungle and working with dedicated animal advocates. We funded the spay & neuter procedure and medication treatments for a total of 51 animals.....MexiPaws(22 from Puerto Adventura), APACCC(14 from Valladolid), PPI(15 from Puerto Morelos). Wendy & I were working recovery and learning from the best! Thanks Phyllis for your years of knowledge.
After these expenditures, our balance remaining will be $1000. On my next post, I will provide a breakdown of the donations sent out to various animal rescues since May 2018.
Keep Project Balam going, help us with your donation.
There are many rescue groups that do wonderful work and always need help with their clinics or with the sick, injured & homeless animals.
In November 2017, Wendy and I did 3 days of volunteering @ the VIDAs spay and neuter clinic in Tulum. 1004 dogs and cats were sterilized in a 6 day clinic. It was an amazing experience for both of us.
This gofundme is still active and donations are welcome and will always be needed in the Yucatan Peninsula. Clinic #3 (Temozon) will not work out as hoped for this spring but there will be a free clinic in Vallodolid in June and it could serve that area. Lee will transport Ek Balam dogs from her village and possibly from the ruins. There is fundraising for this clinic and I will pledge $250 from Project Balam.
In keeping with our plan, we will partially fund a clinic within the next 3 months with MexiPaws in Playa Maya, an area growing at a rapid rate and bringing in many intact dogs. The community wishes to have their dogs sterilized, so there is a great need to help Tricia. Support of $1100 will be sent. We will also commit to $750 to sponsor MexiPaws' November clinic.
This project has provided money to feed the dogs at the Ek Balam ruins for a total of $550 since Dec 2016.
A few smaller donations totaling $278 were made to assist: a very sick rescue of Danielle's in Valladolid, a set of rescue pups with F.R.E.S.A. in Playa Del Carmen and several dogs spayed @ MexiPaws April clinic.
Over the years, I have met and worked with at least 10 rescue groups(mostly consist of one or two exhausted individuals!). I follow them on Facebook and Instagram and they are faced with sad situations of injured, neglected, sick and abandoned animals. These people take the dogs/cats to the veterinarian care and they find foster homes. They all need funds and they all have beautiful rescue dogs ready for homes. Anyone interested could easily adopt or escort a dog to Canada. I have the contacts and I did escort a pup back this past February. It was a smooth process.
I just got your comment and am so glad you found me!! I would absolutely love to stay in touch with you and come back down to volunteer and do whatever I can to assist your AMAZING efforts!! You can reach me at britnason3 (at) gmail (dot) com
The team coming with me to the upcoming clinic is from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventures, and Akumal (actually on holiday from NY). Going to be a great weekend!
What do you need to make the neutering and vacs happen? Is it question of money, or of finding an available/willing vet? Or is it more a matter of catching them? Could you get any help from the rescue in Valladolid?
Sorry. Will donate when back in Canada. Credit card problems!
I just came back from Ek Balam today. I saw three dogs, two of which looked in pretty good shape, and were being fed tacos by one of the guards. Hope this isn't their main meal! I also saw the female that was mentioned below. She lay for a long time in the open, and then we saw her later hobbling into the jungle. She looked thin and miserable. We had no food or water to give her! She does need a vet badly. I hope someone will get to her soon, as it's already been a week since Iani mentioned her. Could you please have your friends find her? Thanks. Am donating now.
This is a great project. Thank you for starting it. My husband and I visited the Ek' Balam ruins on Friday January 14, 2016 and also noticed the dogs. I wanted to bring to your attention one female dog that is in desperate need of a vet. Two of her legs don't seem to work (one hind leg and right forearm appeared broken). She had a hard time moving but managed. She was hungry and thirsty. My husband and I gave her water and the little food we had. She ate it all. It was so sad. It upset me so much to see such a sweet dog in such a state. Can the local vet locate this dog and help her?