Frequently Asked Questions

Amigos de Animales San Miguel de Allende, MexicoWhat kinds of animal control problems exist?
The most profound suffering occurs in poor colonias and the campo which most tourists and foreign residents do not see.

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Neglect
  • Starvation
  • Overcrowded shelters
  • Mange and other diseases Dogs with wires or ropes grown into their skin
  • Dogs living on burning hot or freezing cold roofs
  • Hoarders with 20-70 sick and dying cats and kittens

Shouldn’t animals have one litter before being spayed?
We recommend that as a general rule, pets should not be sterilized before 4 months of age. Remember that one litter will accelerate the overpopulation problem.

 Shouldn’t children be allowed to witness the miracle of birth?
Most dogs and cats have their litters at night in quiet, dark places far out of anyone’s sight. Besides, every litter of puppies and kittens born contributes to the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats suffering and dying.

Don’t animals become overweight after being sterilized?
No. As any animal matures, it is necessary for owners to adjust dietary intake to compensate for more sedentary lifestyles. Animals can become overweight when they are fed too much and not exercised properly.

Isn’t behavior adversely affected by spaying/neutering?
Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending on their age at neutering. While still able to defend themselves, neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer wounds and lessening the spread of contagious diseases. They are more likely to stay home more because they no longer wander in search of a mate.

What can I do about my neighbors’ barking dog or yowling cat?
It is always best to first talk to the neighbor in a friendly, non-threatening way. Explain that you are worried about the animal and wonder what can be done. If nothing changes after a couple of days it is helpful to return with a bilingual neighbor who understands the situation. Your last resort should be reporting it to Ecología by calling 154-9589. There are new regulations in effect that give Ecología the legal right to help.

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