By Fran McLaren
Palmas Unidas Bahías de Huatulco AC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless cats and dogs in Huatulco. The group, led by Roberto Dattoli and his wife Margaret Guerra, owners of the Hotel Plaza Delphinus at Chahue, began meeting monthly in 2014. In March 2015 the group became a registered civil association. Since then, the group has rescued and found homes for over 45 puppies, and with the help of local veterinarians Dr. Norma Rivera and Dr. Freddy Cruz, more than 41 additional animals have been sterilized and adopted.
In October the organization assisted at a four day sterilization campaign in Sector H3 sponsored by the municipality. During that clinic, eighteen dogs from the local dump and area were captured, sterilized and provided after care. In November Palmas Unidas conducted a four day free spay and neuter campaign in the area, at which 200 animals were sterilized. Educating the community about sterilization and proper pet care is also an important goal for the group.
Since September, 2015, Palmas Unidas is pleased to be a part of the Organic Market in Santa Cruz. Many dogs and cats have found loving homes through exposure at the market.
Donations are needed to keep up with the ongoing sterilization and adoptive process. If you are interested in donating, becoming a volunteer, providing temporary shelter for a pet, or if you wish to adopt, please contact Roberto Dattoli at 958 111 3030 or stop by Hotel Plaza Delphinus in Chahue. Visit the group’s Facebook page – Palmas Unidas Bahías de Huatulco AC.