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Sociedad Protectora y Compasiva por Animales (SPCA)

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Founded in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2007 by a long term resident originally from California, Janice Chatterton.

We opened our sanctuary in January of 2012 on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. We are a no-kill shelter and can house up to 130 animals at once. We rescue and find permanent homes for over 200 animals each year.

Our main focus is to rescue the abused, homeless animals from Puerto Vallarta’s streets and place them in foster homes in both the United States and Canada until permanent homes are available.  We are not supported by the government, corporations, foundations or businesses. We fully function on private donations.

Animals are often found living on the streets after being discarded and/or extremely abused.  We devote ourselves to their physical and emotional rehabilitation and invite everyone to come and interact with the animals at our private shelter on our weekly escorted tours Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

To sign up to visit the sanctuary and help us socialize the dogs and cats, please email us at or contact us via Facebook.

The SPCA de PV has a need for “Angels with Wings” to accompany our dogs to their new homes or foster home in Canada. It is very easy and we cover the airline fee for the dog. If you are Canadian and flying back to BC or Alberta, please contact us at

Adopt a Pet at SPCA de PV

Pet adoptions take place at Biblioteca Los Mangos and at the Acopio.

Cats and dogs can be adopted at the Biblioteca Los Mangos every Saturday from 10-2. SPCA de PV volunteers will provide information regarding age and breed.

All animals adopted out by our volunteer crew are sterilized, tested for disease, vaccinated, dewormed, treated for Ticks and fleas and bathed. SPCA de PV pays for these services.

We request donations of a minimum of $500 Pesos per Dog and $300 Pesos per Cat. These donations help with our expenses in ensuring the health of our dogs and cats and indicates an ability to care for the pet. We are a non-profit, volunteer organization. The welfare of these animals is our primary concern.

Biblioteca Los Mangos is at Av. Francisco Villa 1001, Los Mangos.

Adoptions at Acopio:

The Centro de Acopio is located at Calle Costa de Oro #703, Colonia Linda Vista Océano.

Animals can also be adopted on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Centro de Acopio. Contact Tanya at (322) 293-3690.

Official Acopio Adoption Day is on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please visit on that day if at all possible. However, if you are interested in any of the animals pictured here, please call (322) 293-3690 ASAP and ask if you can go there at another time or if a specific pet can be held for you.

"Pet Match" – For a specific kind of pet, lists are being kept of animals available and needing homes. Contact: Sandra Briones –

Volunteering at �SPCA de PV

Volunteers are needed to speak with potential adoptive persons, to feed, water and walk the dogs and to feed, water and socialize with the cats. Shifts are approximately two hours beginning at 10 AM and ending at 2 PM every Saturday at the Biblioteca Los Mangos.

To volunteer, contact: Luz Wong –

The SPCA de PV needs volunteers willing to commit to fostering kittens until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered. Contact:

We need volunteers to help transport our adopted animals to their new homes, either by car, train or air. Complete information for Pet Passport Information and traveling with your pet or an adopted pet can be found here.

How You Can Help SPCA de PV

Click the button above to make a donation to the SPCAPV PayPal account.

SPCA de PV is supported by individual donations and fundraising events.

SPCA de PV is not supported by the government, corporations, foundations or businesses. Financial donations are always needed. Monies received will be applied where the need is greatest.

Checks in U.S. dollars can be made out to SPCA de PV and mailed from outside Mexico via Fedex or DHL to:

Hacienda San Angel
Calle Miramar 336
El Cerro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico 48300

or delivered directly to the Hacienda San Angel and given to Luz Maria Wong.

For tax deductible donations in the U.S. checks must be made out to PVCA (PreVention of Cruelty to Animals), our non-profit registered U.S. name.

Checks may be sent by regular mail to:

20 Meadow Way
Fairfax, CA 94930


Last updated: March 12, 2019 · Charity ID: 302

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'Evening Under the Stars' Gala Benefit for SPCA-PV


Our mission to rescue abandoned and abused animals in Puerto Vallarta has led to the rehabilitation and adoption of approximately 200 animals a year.

Support SPCA-PV at Dog Days of Summer Champagne Brunch


The mission of SPCA-PV is to help fund and promote sterilization, adoption and health care efforts for companion animals in the Puerto Vallarta area, with the goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals.

May News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta Feline Shelter

PuRR Project

Get the info on where to get your tickets to our last event of the season, Pride BINGO with Amy Armstrong! Plus lots of shelter news and lots of new kittens.

PV Mourns the Passing of SPCA Founder Janice Chatterton


Janice's life mission and purpose with her foundation was to make a difference and a change in the animals lives that could not help themselves.

October is 'Adopt a Shelter Dog' Month at SPCA-PV


October is “adopt a shelter dog month” but we know our friends consider every DAY an adopt-a-shelter dog day!!! Adopt don’t shop is our mantra!

Frida the Rescue Dog Honored With Statue for Earthquake Rescues


When Mexico was hit with back-to-back earthquakes in September, Frida the rescue dog became a symbol of hope. The 7-year-old Marina labrador saved 12 people from the rubble last year. Now, the heroic canine has a statue in her likeness in Puebla.

News and Meows from PuRR Project No Kill Feline Shelter & Adoption

PuRR Project

Get the latest news on the flood at the shelter, the upcoming garage sale and meet Featured Felines Tracie & Tina! It's all that and much more in the October PuRR Project newsletter.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and News from SPCA-PV


If you can’t adopt but still want to help? Foster, sponsor, volunteer, donate, educate, network, cross-post. Help us help these wonderful creatures that are so deserving of a loving home.

Consider Volunteering at the SPCA Puerto Vallarta


It’s getting close to the start of high season here in Puerto Vallarta. We are hoping that some of you would consider participating in volunteerism while you are here.

News and Meows from PuRR Project PV

PuRR Project

Get all the latest info on the garage sale and other upcoming events! Plus how to get your 2018 PuRR Calendar and meet Featured Feline, Sahara.

August News and Meows from PuRR Project PV

PuRR Project

Summer storms at the shelter, meet Featured Feline Nancy and a preview of the 2018 PuRR Project Calendar!

The Dog Days of Summer by SPCA-PV


The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that actual dogs went wild during this time of year, while humans became listless and lazy.

Saving Cats in Mexico - Overcoming Stigmas and Outdated Beliefs


Cats in Mexico face some major disadvantages — from stigmas and superstitions to lack of TNR programs. Here’s how people and organizations are helping out.

SPCA-PV News & Tips: You Know It's Hot When Even Your Dog Starts to Melt


The debate has raged on in the scientific community for years about whether animals especially dogs and cats have real emotion.

July News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter Puerto Vallarta

PuRR Project

Meet the cutest kitten ever, Luke Skywalker! Then read all the latest shelter news in the PuRR Project July newsletter.

Tick Season in Vallarta - Tips and Sanctuary Updates from SPCA-PV


Most tick-borne diseases aren’t transmitted immediately, so if you get ticks off your dog within 24 to 36 hours of a tick bite, he’s unlikely to get infected.

June News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta

PuRR Project

See photos of the newly renovated Macho's House! Plus meet our Featured Felines and get the latest news about the shelter!

The Heat Is On! Summer Safety Tips for Pet Parents from SPCA-PV


To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts.

Call Them Ugly, But Xolos Rule as Mexico’s Top Dog

The Los Angeles Times

At up to $5,000 a puppy in a country where the average daily wage is less than $20, the breed is most likely to be spotted in wealthy enclaves such as La Condesa, in Mexico City, or Sayulita, on the Pacific Coast.

May News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta

PuRR Project

Meet our Featured Feline, Dalia! Plus, see who's new in the PuRR Nursery and read about the 79 Isla Cuale cats who flew north last month!

SPCA-PV Shares Exciting News About Sponsors


The SPCA-PV has made it possible for businesses in our town to easily contribute and become sponsors.

April News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta

PuRR Project

This month meet our Featured Feline "Ruthie" and get a shelter update about the 150+ Felines living at the PuRR Project No-Kill Shelter in Puerto Vallarta.

Spotlight on National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month by SPCA-PV


The humane organization marks the month of its 1866 founding with 30 days dedicated to shining a spotlight on both the milestones achieved by animal lovers and the work that still lies ahead.

Don't Shop! Adopt! Companion Animal Adoptions in Puerto Vallarta

Timothy Real Estate Group

The problem of stray dogs in Puerto Vallarta has gotten better over the years; this in thanks to expat groups working with locals to set up spay and neuter clinics, promoting adoption of puppies and kittens and aging pets.

February Events, News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter

PuRR Project

Meet our Featured Feline, Mama Big Eyes, read about our upcoming events, and see the first photos of the newly remodeled nursery!

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Charity Bingo, TED Talks, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

Volunteers from the U.S. Arrive to Support Three Local Non-Profits

Denver Real Estate Connection

Thanks to all the generous efforts by Kayla Okafor from Denver, Colorado, a group of 9 volunteers will arrive in Puerto Vallarta tomorrow and this is the 4th group that will visit for a "working vacation."

SPCA-PV 'Beauty and the Beast' Champagne Brunch with Art & Fashion Show


Join us in celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the opening of the SPCA of Puerto Vallarta's State-of-the-Art non-kill Sanctuary.

News and Meows from PuRR Project No Kill Feline Shelter/Adoption

PuRR Project

Get the "heads up" on the Fashion Show, Kitty and Adult Bingo, meet Featured Feline Liam, and read about Memito's journey to California in the PuRR Project January Newsletter.

SPCA Puerto Vallarta, Mending Broken Souls One Paw at a Time

Steve Dale Pet World

Dogs are kept in spacious kennels, and always have the choice of being indoors or outside. They enjoy daily playtime, and attention nearly 24/7 from a staff of about 20 employees supported by volunteers.

Get Your Last Minute Christmas Stocking Stuffers from SPCA-PV


Doing any last minute shopping? Stop by our table at the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturday and pick up our 2017 SPCA calendar. Everyone loves them and each month features cherished companion animals of friends in town.

December News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Meet two of our "Special" kittens, Elsa & Khloe. Read about the plan to remodel the Nursery and get the dates for Kitty BINGO!

Puerto Vallarta: We Love Our Animals

Vacation Villas of Mexico

Acquaintances who wonder where we acquired our furry friends are lucky to learn of great multiple sources in Puerto Vallarta; private, government supervised and well organized associations.

Events, News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Don't miss the news on the upcoming Garage Sale and the Beach Luau! Plus meet Featured Feline "Kim" and get the latest news at the shelter.

Puerto Vallarta is Swimming in Puppies: Adopt!

Steve Dale Pet World

Here’s why – the amazing animal sanctuary, called SPCA Puerto Vallarta is being overrun with puppies. Cute: Yes. But also it’s a problem. How do you find homes for 43 puppies?

SPCA-PV Newsletter and Pet Emergency Tips


As we get ready to kick off the high season with the return of our friends to Vallarta, we thought it timely to include some important information regarding our 4-legged companions.

News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter

PuRR Project

See the progress of the new Senior Center and meet some of the many kittens in the PuRR nursery. Plus get a heads-up on the upcoming Garage Sale and other fundraisers.

News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter and Adoptions

PuRR Project

Meet some of the new Virtual Adoption candidates plus get the final results of the campaign to build Simona's Senior Center!

August News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta Shelter and Adoptions

PuRR Project

Meet Featured Feline "Kiki" and get the latest shelter news.....including the generous grant from the Richard Reed Foundation!

25th Annual International Homeless Animals' Day

International Society for Animal Rights

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) will unite with animal protection organizations, humane societies and animal rescues, veterinary professionals, and concerned individuals worldwide for the 25th annual International Homeless Animals' Day.

News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter and Adoptions

PuRR Project

Get a sneak peek at the 2017 calendar cover featuring the amazing "Bowie"! Plus update on kitties Antonia and Max and all the work going on to get the shelter ready for summer.

News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta No Kill Feline Shelter/Adoption

PuRR Project

Meet some of the 30 kittens in the PuRR Nursery in our Shelter Update! It’s been a crazy Springtime at the shelter with 45 rescue animals received in the last two months.

Animal Behavior Consultant Steve Dale Named to SPCA Vallarta Advisory Board

SPCA Puerto Vallarta

We are so pleased to announce that Steve Dale, renowned certified animal behavior consultant and friend to the SPCA here in Puerto Vallarta, has accepted an invitation to join our organization.

Update on Dolphinarium and PEACEAnimals News


At hot, high noon on Saturday, an estimated two to three hundred exuberant citizens of Mexico, Canada and the United States, dressed in blue, gathered in front of the construction site of La Isla, a development project of GICSA.

April News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter Puerto Vallarta

PuRR Project

This month you can read about Bowie's Journey to Montreal and meet "Taco" the results of our Spay/Neuter Clinic on the Isla Cuale.

March News, Meows and Adoption Updates from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

This month the focus is on our adoptable adult cats. Meet some of them and read about how Alice finally found a home after five years!

10 Places to Enjoy with Your Pets in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta-Nayarit Blog

Puerto Vallarta keeps the title as the friendliest city in the world by expanding the options for travelers with pets. Restaurants, hotels and recreational spots, galleries and many more welcome pets to join the fun with their human buddies.

SPCA-PV Not Only Provides a Shelter for Dogs & Cats But a Sanctuary

My Pet World

The idea isn't for animals to merely survive here, the goal is for them to thrive and one day to be adopted. And that's what mostly happens.

$1,000 Reward for Affluenza Teen's Lost Dog in Puerto Vallarta


Turns out there's at least one member of Ethan Couch's family deserving of some sympathy. So spare a kind thought today for poor Virgil, Couch's reportedly now missing dog.

October News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta

PuRR Project

This month you can read about how Charlie finally made it to Vancouver Island and how Tasha made it to Sweden! Plus meet Carmelita and get the details on how to book a shelter tour for yourself and friends.

New Vallarta Police Unit Is Dedicated to Protecting Animals from Abuse & Neglect

Vallarta Daily

Puerto Vallarta has trained eight police officers in animal protection and abuse to organize a new unit dedicated to protecting animals in the city.

September News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Meet our Featured Feline, Pepper! Plus read about Stevie Nicks, her rescue and journey to Washington....and plans for upcoming events this season.

August News and Meows from PuRR Project Cat Shelter Puerto Vallarta

PuRR Project

Meet Featured Feline, Bowie, read about how Caliope got "Virtually" adopted, volunteers needed for Marina Market, adoptions, shelter news and a lot more.

A Place I Love: Rancho Primavera in El Tuito


Early evening riding was on some of the many trails, through mango orchards, past passion fruit vines growing next to a stream, and across the green meadows where white ginger grows wild, giving off a delicious fragrance.

July News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Read about the latest news from PuRR Project No Kill Feline Shelter in Puerto Vallarta including the featured feline, the 2016 calendar, adoption news, meow meatballs and more.

Can Your Dog Fly to Puerto Vallarta?

Beston Properties

Yes! And cats can, too! We are, of course, referring to traveling with Fido and Fifi, though it would be fun to see them turning them into Super-Pets and we know they are all Earth Angels.

June News and Meows from PuRR Project Feline Shelter Puerto Vallarta

PuRR Project

Read all the June News from PuRR Project, Puerto Vallarta's No Kill Feline Shelter, the improvements, adoptions, featured feline, donations and more.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Valentine's Day Happenings, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

SPCA-PV Invites You for 'High Tea at High Noon' on Valentine's Day


Set in one of Vallarta’s most romantic locations, Puerta del Cielo, we will be dining on traditional English tea and scrumptious finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and desserts catered by the fantastic Kathy Overly.

Give the Christmas Gift of 'Hope for Paws' for the SPCA Puerto Vallarta


Did you know that for the price of a turkey or a bottle of sparkling wine you can give the gift that could pay for a large sack of animal kibble, pay for a needed vaccination or cover the cost of a neuter?

October News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Read about all the upcoming fundraising events for PuRR Project including Kitty Bingo, a Garage Sale/Bazaar, and the Pig Roast Luau. Ranch visits available soon, adoption news and donations needed for shelter improvements.

Sandy - The Dog Saved from Death on a Beach in Puerto Vallarta


Sandy was picked up and brought off the beach by SPCA-PV to the parking lot where we first of all gave her some water, and boy was she thirsty! The poor girl was far too weak to get up.

September News and Meows from PuRR Project

PuRR Project

We are happy to announce that our event planner has been very busy this summer and we look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces when the high season begins this Fall.

SPCA-PV Makes Headlines at World Animal News

World Animal News

Janice Chatterton and all the staff and volunteers at SPCA Puerto Vallarta are honored and happy to be recognized by World Animal News as their headline reads: "The Sanctuary" Provides Relief for Homeless Cats & Dogs of Puerto Vallarta.

Animal Lover Needed for Paid Full-Time Position at SPCA-PV


The SPCA in Puerto Vallarta urgently needs a responsible individual to ensure the safety and care of the animals at our sanctuary. The paramount requirement for this position is love of animals.

Win a Week at Hacienda San Angel in Fundraising Raffle for SPCA-PV


This is such a great deal...7 nights stay for 2 at the Hacienda San Angel!!! The total value is $4,500 including a $1,500 airfare credit. You could use the airfare credit for something else if you don't need it to get to PV.

Dedicated Dog Catchers at FluviDOGS Project in Puerto Vallarta


FluviDOGS is committed to the capture, sterilization and release of feral dogs. Thank you to the many dedicated individuals and organizations that are helping to end the suffering of animals.

July News and Meows from PuRR Project Vallarta

PuRR Project

This month you can meet our latest Virtual Adoption candidates plus read about Cupcake's trip to Calgary and more PuRR Project shelter news!

Runaway SPCA PV Dog Recovered After Seven Months on the Loose in Canada

St. Albert Gazette

In custody – Sydney, a dog adopted from the SPCA in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to a St. Albert home, was recently recovered after spending seven months on the loose.

'Purses 4 PAWS' to Benefit SPCA Puerto Vallarta

Deja New Consignment

Is a name brand bag gathering dust in your closet? If so, donate it to the SPCA Sanctuary's "Purses 4 PAWS." All proceeds will go toward the care and support of stray animals in our Puerto Vallarta community.

Good Meows: Purr Project Updates for Gringo Bingo, Adoptions and More

Purr Project

The Purr Project's latest newsletter announces the upcoming Gringo Bingo season and recaps their recent successes in feline adoptions.

Deja New Consignment Invites You to Clean Out Your Closets for Charity

Deja New Consignment

Planning your trip to Puerto Vallarta? It's so simple to support our local charities! Did you know you can neuter up to 20 animals with just one suitcase full of clothing donated to the account of the Colima FREE Spay & Neuter Clinic? That's right! It's that easy!

TVC's Coverage of Adopta Campaign in Puerto Vallarta to Reach Millions


The goal of finding forever homes for at least 20 dogs and cats was met as well as raising awareness about the importance of families to care for and respect their companion animals in being responsible owners.

Engage Mexico Media Conference to Include Power Walk for SPCA Vallarta

PR Log

Engage Mexico is producing its 5th Social Media Conference in Puerto Vallarta, November 14-17, at the Sheraton Resort and Conference Center. On Sunday, Engage Mexico will host a Power Walk to benefit the SPCA of Puerto Vallarta.

Toronto Couple Unlocks DNA of Their 'Mystery Mutt' Adopted in Puerto Vallarta

The Star

Back in Toronto, McLeod and her husband decided it would be good to know what breeds make up their dog who is very attentive and intelligent, with a sweet disposition and a lot of loyalty.

Kitty Loteria, Storm Damage, Owls, Crocodiles and More From PuRR Project

PuRR Project

Everyone at PuRR Project knows how lucky we are to have the services of a vet who cares so much about each and every feline in the shelter. So what are those caring hands doing down the throat of a 12-foot crocodile??????

Share Your Photos with SPCA-PV of How Many Days You've Loved Your Furry Friends


The SPCA of Puerto Vallarta has launched the "I've Been Loved..." photo campaign to show the world the love you have for your special pet in helping to promote more adoptions.

Puerto Vallarta's SPCA Presents the PAWesome Sponsorship Program


With your help, the SPCA can continue providing a safer place for animals that hunger to feel the loving touch of a human being. Join us in our efforts by taking part in our PAWesome Sponsorship Program.

Puerto Vallarta SPCA Gears Up for Summer Time Pet Adoptions


SPCA Puerto Vallarta is preparing for the difficult summer months ahead as Vallarta’s tourist-based economy slows and many animals become homeless.

Cash-In Your Closet for Charity at Deja New

PVM City Paper

One of Kathleen's most ingenuous ideas has been to invite area charities to open consignment accounts at Deja New in Puerto Vallarta. People can then bring in clothes and accessories to consign and the charity of their choice receives the proceeds.

PEACE Help the Animals Program Update on Adoptions, Clinics and Volunteers

PEACE Ayuda a Los Animales

Gretchen reports on happenings in and around the Ayuda a Los Animales Program by PEACE in Puerto Vallarta. Read about the difference being made by all the workers, volunteers and generous supporters.

First Adopton 2013 For Vallarta Animal Rescue Groups

Paraiso Felino

The rescue groups will be at the Presidencia Municipal on February 16 with adoptable animals and information about their group, how to adopt, where to sterilize, and of course will receive donations of money, food, towels, litter, medicine and other needed items.

Christmas Greetings from PEACE Help the Animals

PEACE Ayuda a los Animales

Wishing you a blessed, blissful and peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013. Thank you to those who have contributed to PEACE this year and our wish for the new year is to continue helping our Banderas Bay animals.

Take Special Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Season

Que Hay

Although Christmas and the holiday season is a time of joy for humans, it may be the opposite for pets. In fact, it is common that during the holiday season that there are increased veterinary medical emergencies by indigestion problems and accidents, among others.

Puerto Vallarta SPCA Seeks Help From Albertans

Metro Edmonton

The SPCA in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is looking for Albertans to adopt their dogs, as well as Edmontonians and Calgarians to travel from Mexico to Canada with animals who have already been adopted by Albertans.

Puerto Vallarta #1 Dog Loving City in Mexico! And the Safest!


Puerto Vallarta is filling up with more and more baby boomers every year. And with over 55,000 people turning 55 everyday in the US and Canada, people want to know if Puerto Vallarta Mexico is a dog loving town. So here's your answer... Watch the video!

Spend the DAY at SPCA in Puerto Vallarta

PV Guide

Ordinary people come to Vallarta to vacation. Extraordinary people come to Vallarta and volunteer! Spend a rewarding afternoon cuddling with the animals at Puerto Vallarta's SPCA Sanctuary.

Eagle Wings Deliver 1.5M Pesos to Local Charities

Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alas de Aguila continues to improve lives of vulnerable Vallarta residents through various civil associations as part of their commitment to work together to lend support to a greater number of people.

International Homeless Animals' Day

On International Homeless Animals' Day, individuals and organizations around the world organize awareness-raising activities like candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, slideshows, rallies, dog walks, open houses, award ceremonies, live music, raffles, and games. Learn how you can help in Vallarta.

Deja New Consignment Supports Local Charities

Deja New

We applaud the efforts of Kathleen, her staff and associates who have set up charity accounts to benefit our worthy causes here in Puerto Vallarta. We invite you to clean out your closet and help those less fortunate.

Jalisco Approves New Animal Protection Law

PV Pulse

There is a wave of awareness about the living conditions of animals in the Mexican society, and this new law is a sign of it.

Help Reverse "No Pets in Cabin" Airline Policy

Paraiso Felino AC

Last minute update. It seems the efforts have had some results and they are considering reversing this law. Keep the pressure on by making the phone call and sending the emails.

Update on Airlines


Many foreigners bring their beloved pets with them to Mexico each winter. Unfortunately, the new No Pets in Cabin policy recently put into place by several airlines could drastically change the way we all travel to and from Mexico.

New Spay and Neuter Clinic Fundraiser


SPCA PV announces that on March 21, Langostinos Restaurant in Old Town will be donating 50 percent of the revenue for all the food and beverages sold that day, to go towards the fundraising efforts for a new, free spay and neuter clinic.

SPCA Plea to Animal Lovers


Sometimes, when you think that you have seen the worst of cruelty that a dog can endure, a dog like Tomi comes into your life. Please take a moment and meet him.

SPCA Pups Need Travel Companion


Our puppies have homes waiting in Calgary. The number of animals we can place is entirely dependent on us getting them to their destination forever homes. Also, read about what is currently happening at SPCA PV.

SPCA PV Blessing of the Animals


The blessing of domestic animals on the Feast Day of Saint Anthony was considered auspicious, keeping away evil forces from the home and land, bringing fertility and fecundity.

New Year News from SPCA PV


We are proud to announce our new Adopt a Furry Friend section on Cupocity that features one very special animal a day. Many of the animals come from very unfortunate situations and are currently in foster homes.

Tucker In The Spotlight This Week at SPCA


Tucker is just a bundle of joy and when he wags his tail, his whole body is set in motion. Guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who sees this sight!

Happy Holidays From SPCA PV


Come meet Santa Claus at Teatro Vallarta and join him for a Gala Christmas Concert starring the very popular Mexican Tenor Jorge Jimenez performing with the Philharmonic Group of Guadalajara and Mariachi Joya de Mexico.

SPCA Weekly News


In the news this week from SPCA PV, read about our needs for the new animal shelter, adoptions, success at the Farmers Market, employment opportunity and needed auction items for the annual fundraiser auction on November 26.

Salsa Dancing for Charity

Come and enjoy Nightclub on the Bay Party Boat in Puerto Vallarta. It is guaranteed that you will have FUN while fundraising on the evening water.

Farmers Market Adoptions from SPCA


In the news this week from SPCA PV, read about adoptions, success at the Farmers Market, employment opportunity and needed auction items for the annual fundraiser auction on November 26.

Unwanted Street Dogs in Mexico Welcome in Canada

Al Jazeera

Mexico has a serious overpopulation of street dogs, a problem that repeated sterilization campaigns have not been able to fix. But now comes a radical new idea - an international refugee program for pets.

A Rescue Dog Named Frida Has Become a National Hero in Mexico

PRI’s The World

Photos of Frida wearing her special protective goggles or “doggles,” a vest and boots have been making the rounds all over Mexico and even the world.

Rescue Dog Hailed as Hero After Joining Search for Mexico Earthquake Survivors


A Labrador has become the poster child of rescue efforts in the central Mexico earthquake, after it joined the search for survivors of the natural disaster.

Dog Fights as Sport Now Illegal in Mexico: All Related Activities Are Also Prohibited

Mexico News Daily

Congress approved legislation two months ago to make it illegal to raise and train dogs for participating in fighting matches for recreational purposes. This weekend it became official with its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation.

Unleashed! Cyclist Saves Runaway Dog from Busy Road in High Drama Chase


A runaway dog took a cyclist on a wild adventure down a crowded road as the latter had to chase it for over half a kilometer. Ironically, it wasn’t even her dog.

Lawmakers Approve Federal Penalties for Dogfighting and Activities Surrounding It

The Humane Society

Mexico’s lawmakers have sent a clear signal: it’s time to root out animal cruelty and violence from the country, and bring criminals who profit from animal abuse to justice.

Ice Cream Shop for Dogs Gets Tails Wagging in CDMX

Hindustan Times

Dogs with a sweet tooth can now satisfy their cravings at a Mexico City ice cream shop which serves up frozen treats specifically made for animals.

Bulldog Parade in Mexico City Seeks World Record

Fox News

English Bulldogs ruled the day in Mexico City as a gathering of almost 1,000 of the hefty canines had Mexico convinced they had set the record for the largest Bulldog walk.

Lawmakers Say 'No Mas' to Dog Fighting in Mexico

Humane Society International/Mexico

This is a groundbreaking victory for animals and animal advocates in Mexico, and especially for Humane Society International/Mexico, which launched an anti-dogfighting campaign in the country in just July last year.

After Long Fight, Police Dogs in Mexico No Longer Put to Sleep Upon Retirement

Up until now, Mexico’s K-9 dogs were put down at a certain age because police feared they would end in the hands of drug traffickers and criminals who could exploit their talents. The policy was finally changed, benefiting the nearly 200 dogs currently serving in the unit.

Bill to Ban Dog Fights Countrywide Is Approved By Mexican Senate

El Pais

A raft of legislative proposals could put end to inhumane activity most Mexicans disapprove of.

Guide Dogs Help Serve as Their Owners' Eyes, But a Video Shows It's Much More Than That


“Dark to Light” tells the true story of Liz Oleksa, a single mother struggling to raise her son while her eyesight deteriorates. When she does go blind, she thinks her life is over. Until a dog changes everything.

Forsaken Dogs Adopted and Trained in Central Mexico for Canine Tournament

New China TV

These abandoned dogs are lucky to see a decisive turn for a better life. In Mexico's central state of Aguascalientes, they are being trained by professionals who eye a chance for them to become champion canines.

Humane Society International Mounting an Attack on Dogfighting in Mexico

It’s time to ban dogfighting in Mexico – everywhere in the country. It’s already banned in several states there, but the law is silent in others, and there’s no national law against what is perhaps the most widely reviled animal crime in the world.

This New App Connects You with 'Dog Friendly' Establishments in Mexico

The Yucatan Times

There are many places in Mexico that allow access to pets, but until now, nobody had taken the time and effort to unite them under one website.

Pet Blood Donations Welcomed in Mexico

New China TV

At Mexico’s first veterinary blood bank in sight-seeing city Merida on southern peninsula Yucatan, Director Martinez collects blood from kind-hearted pets in preparation to save their ailing peers.

Woman, 63, Suspected of Dog Killings in Mexico City's Trendy Condesa District

Agence France-Presse

A 63-year-old woman is the main suspect in the poisoning of at least 11 dogs in a popular Mexico City park, a string of killings that have frightened pet owners.

Canine Murders No Surprise in a Nation Struggling to Cut Violent Crime

It is easy to forget Mexico City’s urban sprawl when you stroll in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood. There are cafes and trendy eateries on streets still graced by Art Deco architecture and home to chic boutiques. So when a killer struck this month, residents were aghast.

Mataperros de la Condesa: Is a Serial Dog Killer on the Loose in Mexico City?

Agence France-Presse

The sudden deaths of several dogs after walks in a popular Mexico City park has raised fears that a serial canine killer is on the loose, poisoning unsuspecting pets.

Stray Dogs in Mexico Are a Critical Problem. Can We Do Something About It?

The Yucatan Times

According to the DailyPuppy website, there are hundreds of thousands of stray dogs living in the streets and on the beaches of Mexico. But starvation, dehydration, sickness and exposure are not their biggest challenges.

Introducing, A New Platform Benefiting Homeless Dogs


This is a fabulous opportunity to raise awareness of the fact that thousands of wonderful companions can be found in shelters and rescue groups every day, and also to raise money for those lifesaving organizations.

Animals Rescued from Cruelty in Mexico City

The Humane Society of the United States

Over 30 dogs and 18 cats were reported as abandoned in a house in Mexico City. Humane Society International, along with local groups and concerned people, achieved to enter the house to help the animals.

In Mexico, Kidnapping of People's Pets by Small-Time Crooks on Upswing


There are no statistics about these crimes because people don't report them. However, the phenomenon is common enough that it pops up regularly in bar conversations, on the radio, and in TV announcements.

'Baja 34 Rescue' Project Saves 34 Homeless Animals

Jeff and Diana Hall put their Mexico vacation on hold to save the lives of 34 abandoned animals in need.

Found Starving in Mexican Streets, This Dog Has a New Life and New Look


Luna the dog, who was found starving to death in Mexico, is now healthy and happy, and looks a whole lot different - which is a good thing.

Mass Killing of Dogs at Hands of 'Mataperros' Alarms Hermosillo Residents

Latin Dispatch

More than 60 dogs - many of them pets - have been poisoned to death in the last few weeks in the Mexican city of Hermosillo, leading to demands for an inquiry from animal rights activists.

Stray Dogs Pay Respects at Animal Lover's Funeral

Good Morning America

A Mexican woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected - and surprising - tribute from the animals when she died.

Can Alex Pacheco's Food That Sterilizes Dogs Solve the World's Stray Problem?


Former PETA chairman Alex Pacheco believes so, and his non-profit group, 600 Million Dogs, has such a food in development.

How a Humble Stray Dog at a Taco Stand in Mexico Helped Launch Instagram


The company was founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger back in 2010, and just before they launched, the pair tested their creation on a trip to Mexico.

Citizens Are Fighting Animal Cruelty in Latin America, One Tweet at a Time

Agence France-Presse

The network of organizations fighting the phenomenon is small and underfunded. But social media is changing that, said Cynthia Dent, executive director for the Humane Society International in Latin America.

Saving Mexico's Canine Pilgrims from the Christians


Last month saw the busiest day of the year at the basilica, as millions of devout Mexicans came together during the Guadalupana, the yearly pilgrimage commemorating the Virgin’s apparition. But it wasn't just pilgrims flocking to the basilica.

How to Train Your Dog - The Navy Seal Way

TEAM DOG introduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog... the SEAL way.

Man, Dog Walking 1,800 Miles to Mexico to Raise Awareness for Canine Cancer


Luke Robinson and his dog Indiana are on a journey from northern Washington to the Mexico border - all to raise awareness for canine cancer.

Recycled Dog Rescue on the Streets of Tijuana

Recycled Dog Rescue

The Recycled Dog Rescue is a California non-profit dog rescue organization. They rescue dogs who are at risk for euthanasia at local high-kill shelters, owner surrenders, stray and even from the streets of Tijuana, Mexico.

Dog Starving in the Streets of Mexico Finds Love, a New Life and a New Home

One Green Planet

The story of this special dog is a fairy-tale to say the least. Watching this pup go from a neglected skeleton to the beloved family member is sure to make you smile!

Canada Animal Rescue Group Aims to Aid Peers in Hurricane-Hit Cabo San Lucas


Organizers with a Calgary animal rescue group say they’re doing everything they can to help a group of Mexican peers who are caught up in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.

Mexico Sees 1st Artificial Insemination Wolf Pups

The Associated Press

Mexican officials presented the first litter of Mexican gray wolf pups conceived in the country by artificial insemination, part of an effort to save one of the hemisphere's most endangered animals.

Woman Rescues Injured Dog on Busy Mexico Highway


A brave Mexican woman rescues a dog that had been run over on a Highway in Mexico City. The dog is now on the mend - and our Faith in humanity restored.

Luxury Pet Business Booms in Mexico with Strong Growth of Middle Class, Smaller Families

The Associated Press

Over the last decade, the growth of Mexico's middle class has created a new market for fancy goods and services for dogs including clothing and accessory boutiques, spas and restaurants with doggie snacks cooked by a pastry chef.

Twelve Aztec Canine Skeletons Unearthed by Investigators in Mexico City

The Associated Press

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of "an exceptional" old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.

New Pet Food Tax in Mexico Could Lead to Increase in Animal Abandonments


As 2014 gets underway, Mexicans are discovering that they have a lot more more taxes to pay. But there is one particular tax that has angered thousands of people here and could do some serious damage to the country’s dogs and cats: A 16% sales tax on pet food.

All Good Dogs May Go to Heaven, But Now, Some Go to Hospice

The New York Times

More and more, cats and dogs get the human treatment. There are pet spas, pet therapists, pet clothes. And as it goes in life, so it now goes in the twilight. The latest phenomenon: pet hospice.

Animal Advocates: Mexico's Dog-Food Price Hike May Yield More Euthanizations

San Diego Reader

The skyrocketing cost of dog food along with new rules on its importation into Mexico have led animal advocates to warn of a new wave of canines abandoned in the streets, adding to the numbers already put to death each week at municipal dog pounds.

Tour World's Largest Sanctuary for Abandoned Pets

Associated Press

Actor Leo Grillo founded DELTA (Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals) Rescue in California, the largest and one of the few care-for-life sanctuaries for domestic animals in the United States.

Mexico's City of Dogs: A Portrait of Ambitions and Failures in Ciudad Juarez

Al Jazeera America

In better times - and there were better times in Ciudad Juarez - even the mangiest street dog could count on kindness for its survival. Now, the bond between man and his best friend has been corrupted.

Dog-Friendly Skies: San Diego Airport Opens 'Pet Relief' Restroom


San Diego might have trouble electing an appropriate person to be mayor, but the city scores high marks in giving traveling dogs a nice place to conduct business.

Bullfighting, Dog Fighting, Cockfighting Banned in Veracruz, Mexico

Opposing Views

Veracruz has become the most recent city in Mexico to update its Animal Welfare Code to ban bullfighting. The city will now also address other blood sports that have long been accepted, and his new legislation will end the traditional festivals that offered animal fighting as entertainment.

Vegan Hiker Makes 2,655 Mile Trek From Mexico to Canada to Support Mercy for Animals

The Ski Channel

June 10, 2013, marked the starting point for Josh Garrett’s journey across the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail – a grueling path from Mexico to Canada.

Dog Fashion Show Brings Out Mexico Prime Pooches


Pooches were preened and pampered in Mexico City this week as fashion went to the dogs in the capital for a fashion parade of a different kind.

Lawmakers Enact Tougher Penalties for Animal Abuse in Mexico

Al Jazeera

In the past people who abused animals were only fined, but the new law says anyone convicted of intentionally abusing animals can face up to two years in prison.

Juarez Street Dog Finds New Life in San Diego as Charity Ambassador

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Pancho, a onetime street dog from Ciudad Juarez moved to San Diego last week, launching into his new life as goodwill ambassador for charities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Animal Neutering Campaign Ramps Up in Mexico City After Killings

Agence France-Presse

Hundreds of Mexico City residents brought poodles, labradors and chihuahuas to mobile sterilization units as the city stepped up a campaign to reduce the number of street dogs after a string of deadly attacks.

Wild Dogs Blamed for Deaths in Mexico City Park Spark Debate

Associated Press

The fatal mauling of four people by feral dogs in a Mexico City park has set off debate about the cit's love/hate relationship with its dog population, and about the guilt or innocence of 25 animals trapped near the scene of the killings.

Thank Mexico City Lawmakers for Establishing Anti-Animal Cruelty Laws


Now that Mexico’s largest city has anti-cruelty legislation, other communities will most likely follow suit. Thank lawmakers for instituting punishments for those who commit crimes against animals.

Mexico City Steps Up Fight Against Animal Cruelty with New Prison Term Rules


For years Mexico City considered animal cruelty a civil offense and citizens were punished with fines. All that has changed now that the Mexican capital has approved prison terms for people convicted of hurting animals.

Here Are Some Tips to Help Make Traveling With Pets Safe and Fun

My two pooches generally travel well and accompany us when we go on vacation, but not all of our past dogs have been as easy. Here are some tips I’ve gathered to help make traveling with pets safe and fun.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to the Rescue at Merida's Dogs and Donuts Fair

In the second annual Dogs and Donuts Fair, the beloved rescue group Sanctuary Evolucion had doughnuts flown in all the way from Mexico City.

Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering


Trouble deciding to spay or neuter your dog? We separate fact from fiction to help you make an informed decision about this important procedure.

Canine Miracles: Dog Receives Prosthetic Legs

Sky News

A dog in Mexico City has received new prosthetic legs after allegedly having his two front legs cut off by members of a criminal gang.

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