Loco Gringo Mexico

LocoGringo Mexico gives you local insights, vacation tips and stories from people who live and work in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Our host Kay Walten, will introduce you to people in Mexico who tell of their journey to the Yucatan, their local scoop on the people, the Mexico and Mayan culture, places not to miss on your next vacation, food and more. LocoGringo gives you travel info that you won’t find in a travel guidebook. Discover Mexico for your next vacation on a more intimate level than a typical tourist. As an expat, Kay has been working in vacation and tourism in Mexico since 1992. She is also co-founder of the vacation rental site
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Feb 28, 2017

What does a happy dog look like? My guest, Veterinarian Erika Flores, offers advice to visitors of the Riviera Maya area about the local dog and cat populations.

Erika trained in Mexico City, where she worked for the Mexican Government Wildlife Division. The stress of the city was getting to her, and she welcomed the opportunity to move to Quintana Roo with her partner. For the last six years, she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), focusing on humane management of the dog and cat population in the Riviera Maya. The IFAW partners with local veterinarians and animal protection groups, including Coco’s Animal Welfare.


Travelers Take Note

The culture regarding dogs and cats is different in Mexico. If an animal is roaming the streets it doesn’t mean they need to be rescued.

Dogs have a different life than dogs in other places but they can still be happy. An animal needs exercise and social interaction.

Going to a vet can be expensive for the average Mexican worker. It can even be more costly than human care.

There is no shelter big enough to hold all the street dogs.


How Travelers Can Help

Find a local organization that works with needy animals and see if they need a donation for food or someone to walk the animals.


Coco’s Animal Welfare — They sterilize community animals and is nearly free for those who cannot afford it.

S.O.S. el Arca — Visitors can volunteer to work at a shelter and play with the animals.

Become a Sponsor — Sponsor an animal or the cost of a surgery.

Don’t Put Wild Animals at Risk by Taking Pictures.


*If you complain to the government about street dogs they may try to clear the streets, and it may not be in the best interest of the dogs.


Erika’s Favorite Places:

Isla Holbox The Best Place to Recharge Your Batteries.

Isla Mujeres — A Little Island with a Lot to Do.

El Cuyo — A Fishing Town with Flamingos.

Puerto Morelos — Great Fish!


Use these Resources to Continue Your Journey:

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Email Kay:

@locogringocom on Twitter

@locogringo_mexico on Instagram

Coco’s Animal Welfare

SOS el Arca