We receive pleas daily from travelers who want to help street dogs and cats they saw in Cuba. Of course, The Aniplant Project and ANIPLANT want to help all the animals. Unfortunately, the space at ANIPLANT is small and there is not room for all the street dogs or cats. And remember, there is no humane shelter in Cuba. When Nora is called on to find and help a dog or cat, she will first ask if there is a place for the animal to go after receiving help--to make sure the animal stays safe and cared for. She will ask her circle of supporters in Cuba who run refuges if they have room for one more. These refuges are usually in the private homes of animal lovers. And while some of them are overcrowded, most are run by people who understand and practice good animal care. Nora helps these refuges by providing food, some veterinary help and suggestions for caring for a houseful of animals.
Sometimes, we receive requests for adoptions for dogs or cats out of Cuba. The Aniplant Project, always encourages adoptions from your local shelter, because shelters in every civilized community in the world kill perfectly healthy and beautiful companion animals every day. Last year alone, over 3 million dogs were killed in shelters in the USA. Please visit your local shelter! You'll find a wide selection of every conceivable size, shape, color, and breed of very deserving cats and dogs who desperately need loving homes, and the cost will be quite small compared to attempts to rescue one from Cuba.
However, if you have a soft spot for animals, are traveling to Cuba, and think you may be moved to bring home an orphaned animal, we suggest you take along a carrier (or two), fill the carrier with a collar and leash, flea and mange medicines, dog food and bedding, and then plan to spend the 1-to-3 months necessary to get veterinary clearance to take the animal out of Cuba and into your own country. Unfortunately, The Aniplant Project cannot facilitate adoption to other countries for you as our time and resources are extremely limited.
Please note: it can be difficult and expensive to adopt a dog or cat into the U.S. from Cuba. Because of the embargo, animals cannot fly direct to the U.S. from Cuba. If you have your heart set on bringing home a Cuban companion animal, please learn all the rules and regulations of your airline(s) and the Customs departments of the countries you are flying through first. You do not want the poor dog or cat to be stranded in a foreign country and subjected to hours of fear.
Finally, a note about the dogs of Cuba: If you meet a dog on the streets in Cuba, fall in love, and cannot imagine your life without this dog in it, then by all means--contact us! Love is love! But please know, these dogs have lived on the streets, they speak Spanish and they are accustomed to Caribbean temperatures. Many years of economic deprivation have had an evolutionary effect on companion animals, and the average weight of a dog is only about 15-20 pounds. Cuban street dogs often have mange or parasites or worms. They may have been bitten by ticks and may be carrying a bacteria that doesn't show up for a year. And it is likely they will have food issues because they've never had enough of it. They may need frequent veterinary care for a little while. And if you go through with a rescue and adoption, you are committing to this dog for his/her life. The dog may need a lot of training, a lot of medical visits, a lot of attention, and a lot of your patience. It would be grossly unfair to bring a Cuban dog away from the island, only to abandon him/her in a foreign shelter when things got hard to manage. PLEASE, think carefully before bringing a dog or cat out of Cuba. It is a lifetime commitment.
If you are prepared to make that commitment, please write to Cuban Dog Tales / Danielle Speirs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Danielle lives in Canada, and she is an expert on the subject of adopting a dog/cat from Cuba. She has adopted a dog (named Nia) from Cuba. Danielle is a long-time friend of ANIPLANT and The Aniplant Project.
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This is Pablo. BEFORE, being fed on the streets of Cuba by Nora García/ANIPLANT, and AFTER, riding shot gun with rescuer Amanda Crumley. Pablo had a great couple of years in the USA. Sadly, he passed away in 2016 due to complications from a tick bite.