updated 12/9/2010 9:16:40 AM ET 2010-12-09T14:16:40

ISLA MUJERES, Mexico, Dec. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since the creation of Isla Animals ( www.islaanimals.org ), an unofficial humane society on the small island of Isla Mujeres off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, founder Alison Sawyer Current has saved over 4300 dogs from mass extermination on this picturesque island. The mere number of them is crushing and they need your help.

Today, she is on a mission to get more people involved through simple donations that can have a tremendous impact in the lives and livelihood of these precious animals. With the help of her new website anyone, anywhere can help. 

For most, Isla Mujeres was just another type of winter getaway, but soon after arriving it's hard to ignore the numerous stray dogs roaming the island. Rather then helping, most vacationers are scared away. 

"That's when the government would move in," Alison says. "With no formal spay-and-neutering programs, and a pervasive attitude among residents that dogs are like property instead of pets, animal control would routinely round up the dogs and exterminate them brutally by electrocution or poison. It was disgusting. I had to do something."

Now a resident of Isla Mujeres, during much of the year Alison makes opens home to shelter up to 40 dogs at a time, whom she attempts to match with owners in the United States, Mexico, and her native Canada with the aid of five rescue organizations.

Making education an important element to her mission, Alison speaks to the island's residents and children in schools about how to take care of their pets, and has consulted with Mexico City animal rescue organizations about animal overpopulation in the country.

But her work is far from done. Resources are extremely limited in Mexico. Hurricanes have had their day. "We're not sure how much longer we can operate without reaching out to more people in wealthier nations," Alison admits. "People in first-world countries need to step up to the plate. It's amazing what just $5 a month can do—we can cover all the rescue work on what most people spend on a coffee."

For more information about Isla Animals and how you can help visit: www.islaanimals.org

Stefanie Krukowski
The Idea Network
908-684-4332 (office)

About Isla Animals:

Who are we? We are eager volunteers, local residents, capable medical staff, concerned visitors, involved city officials, and so many more. We are everyone who cares about our animal population and are striving to make a positive difference. For more information visit: www.islaanimals.org .   

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