The "Sociedad Protectora de Animales de Zihuatanejo"
( Society for the Protection of Animals of Zihuatanejo) was founded
in 1982 by the late Mrs. Helene Krebs Posse, a long-time Zihuatanejo
resident who also raised her family here. She began without adequate
installations and funded it entirely out of her own pocket.
The idea came about due to the obvious need to care for, attend
to, rehabilitate and provide refuge for hundreds of wild and domestic
animals which had been abandoned, abused, neglected and injured
in the streets, beaches and surrounding countryside. They had
been previously left to their fate to die in slow, painful agony,
subject to thirst, hunger, injuries and illness.
The fundamental principal which inspired the foundation of the
SPAZ-HKP and which guides each one of its projects, programs and
activities is the avoidance of the unnecessary suffering of animals.
In order to achieve this we propose and carry out the following
activities:* Give refuge to all abandoned, lost, sick, injured
or abused animals of any species.* Provide treatment and rehabilitation
for wildlife and release them anew.* Provide a permanent adoption
program for domestic animals.* Euthanize by humanitarian means
wild or domestic animals which are sick or wounded and beyond
hope for recovery as well as the excess of domestic animals for
which no home can be found.* The SPAZ-HKP manages a permanent
sterilization campaign at low cost for proven low-income owners
of dogs and cats.
* Supervise the correct application of methods of sacrifice in
the municipal slaughterhouses.
* Collaborate with the authorities in vaccination campaigns, control
of harmful fauna and halt the illegal commerce and hunting of
endangered wildlife.* Make the public aware of the Animal Protection
Law in the state of Guerrero, advising them of the manner in which
to make accusations legally upheld before the competent authorities.*
Promote coordination between the SPAZ-HKP and the authorities
in order to facilitate the recommendations made by the Sociedad
to those responsible for writing the infractions to the previously
mentioned law by individuals and/or authorities.* With the registration
of new members we plan to establish a permanent program of education
and awareness focusing on the humane treatment towards animals,
directed especially at the new generations in elementary and secondary
schools.* Establish an annual award to the most deserving of those
in favor of animal rights in the region among the citizenry and
another award for public functionaries. Also, extend recognition
and condemnation as often as necessary to those individuals or
functionaries for their actions in favor of or against the mistreatment
of animals.* The SPAZ-HKP has the capacity to respond to emergency
calls in order to end the suffering of an animal recently hit
by a car, maimed or dying abandoned in the street, and for those
animals reported with chronic illnesses wandering about alone.
The Sociedad is overseen by a board of directors which is renewed
each year. Its president is Natalia Rodríguez Krebs, its
treasurer is Adriana Sánchez Zoletto, and its veterinarian
is Enrique Rodríguez Krebs. It includes 20 members, among
them active members and collaborators. An employee is in charge
of the reception, feeding, cleaning and care of the animals.
The board of directors together with its members assembles to
hold meetings the first Saturday of each month at 8:00 PM. There
they are informed of the advances of the programs and the financial
state of affairs, as well as to welcome new members. Persons interested
in applying for membership may do so by calling beforehand and
attending any of these meetings.
Casa Marina Paseo del Pescador 9, Col. Centro Zihuatanejo,Gro.México
Tel (7) 554 - 2373 Fax (7) 554 - 3533 SPAZihua@hotmail.com
* Afiliada a la Asociación Humanitaria Mexicana, A.C. AHMA