IFAW: Dog Population Management at Playa del Carmen, Mexico
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
IFAW: Dog Population Management at Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Click link for Externship Presentation)
This summer, I was an intern at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in their Community Animal’s program. I spent two weeks in Playa del Carmen, Mexico interviewing stakeholders in its animal welfare community. My role was to research if IFAW’s Community Animal Project in Playa del Carmen had influenced a change in animal welfare, and what other factors contributed to the project’s success. I learned that IFAW’s community engagement approach to dog and cat population management is sustainable, and it empowers and unifies local communities. While at the MAPP program, and doing community outreach with Dr. McCobb, I learned that underserved communities can provide better care for their pets if given access to resources and information. Both experiences helped me understand how animal welfare can improve in a community when locals are engaged and identify their own problems and solutions.