Chow time in Huatusco. Chow time in Huatusco.

Dispensers serve food to street dogs, cats

Project that began in Colombia is spreading through Mexico

Soup kitchens for dogs, a concept that originated in Colombia, are slowly spreading through Mexico.

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ComeDog, or Food for Dogs, is a program that provides food and water for street dogs and cats through public dispensers.

It also delivers a spaying and neutering service and tries to find homes for the animals.

Two weeks ago, the Veracruz city of Huatusco became the newest location on the list of feeding stations for street dogs after Francisco José Bringas came across ComeDog and got in touch with the organization’s counterpart in Mexico.

Thus began the process of setting up a food dispenser in Huatusco.

It was four years ago that Bringas and other local citizens formed a group to conduct sterilization and adoption programs. Later he began providing food to street dogs outside his home. So the ComeDog system was a natural fit.

The 1.2-meter-high galvanized metal containers hold up to 22 kilograms of food and four liters of water. Animals that use the dispensers become possible candidates for sterilization and adoption.

Bringas says the project’s vision is to “dignify animals” that live in the street and improve their quality of life.

ComeDog arrived in Mexico last year and now has a presence in several states. The organization can be reached through its Facebook page.

Source: Regeneración (sp)

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  • Michelle Teresa Lopez

    I do this in the small town in Zacatecas where I live. I have an Etsy shop to earn money to support the dogs. All profits go to the dogs:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/StreetDogsNeed2Eat2?ref=hdr_shop_menu

    I will mail in Mexico or the US

    • AnimalLover2

      Good for you. I’m going to share your shop. Thanks for caring.

    • Melancholy

      GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Barbara

    It would be more compassionate to dignify children who live on the streets and improve their quality of life by feeding them.

    • Happygirl

      Can’t we do both?

      • Barbara

        For sure we can do both but in my experience as a person who runs a charity for impoverished children, people seem to have more compassion for street dogs than hungry children and put more money towards that endeavour.

    • AnimalLover2

      It never fails – someone always comes in and comments like this. Me personally, my thing is animals. Other people do children. BOTH are being done, and by the way you hardly EVER see someone come in to articles about children and make your comment only about animals instead. Both are compassionate, one is not more compassionate than the other just because of species. Kindness is kindness, it does not matter who the recipients are.

      • Melancholy

        OMG! Barbara needs to just SHUT UP! I think this is a wonderful idea……..

    • Sandy Figaro Johnston

      Barbara, Governments (i.e. taxpayers) help children. Special people help animals who have no one. Those people are about as compassionate as you can get.

      • Barbara

        Sandy, I don’t know where you live but in Mexico the government doesn’t do much for children or their families unless it’s election time. These animals we are talking about are street dogs, mostly inbred, run in packs, impregnate other dogs and have been known to bite pedestrians and those on bicycles. I don’t think feeding them is the answer. You are probably not going to like what I have to say but I think they need to be removed from the streets, neutered if salvageable, relocated to a good home or be put down.

        • Sandy Figaro Johnston

          I have lived in BCS for 18 years, and that is exactly what I and others have been doing for most of that time. It is amazing what a difference we have made in our town, not only for the animals, but for the people living in the town. There is governmental assistance for poor people, but nothing for the animals. It might not be the gold-plated welfare system the U.S. is providing, but it is something, and there are orphanages in most areas. The poor animals used to have no help whatsoever. Now you don’t see poor, starving, sick dogs roaming around our town. They are healthy, happy and many of them find furever homes with gringo tourists who have compassionate hearts and take them home when their vacations end. If you prefer to help children, that is your privilege, just as it is my privilege to help animals. One is no more or less compassionate than the other.

          • Barbara

            When I first came to BCS, the wild dogs were rampant. With the help of people like you, few run the streets in the downtown area but back in the colonias it’s a different story. They are infested with sick, mangy dogs. I’m just against having feeding stations for dogs as I don’t think that’s the answer for wild dogs. You mention that there’s no govt program for dogs. Centro de Salud has been very active in getting dogs off the street and neutering them. I would also like to reiterate that the government has few programs for families. Oportunidades is one but what they offer is sadly little in the way of food and money.

        • Melancholy

          You must have been bit because you talk like you have rabies! I bet you eat……

    • Melancholy

      Children can talk, animals cannot. Chances are there are no starving children and if there are somebody would take notice asap; where as a poor skinny starving animal who would really care…….I would and I think this is an awesome idea! You must not like animals. People who do not like animals are well assholes.

  • James Smith

    The street dogs are well fed while the children go hungry. Sounds about right for Latin America.

    • Melancholy

      You’re dumb

      • James Smith

        and you must be a latino.

  • Melancholy

    RIGHT ON! I 1000000000% AGREE!

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