RescataMe Animal Rescue
Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic
Is now a part of:
In 2012 friends and animal lovers came together to form what at the time was the only government registered, non-profit animal rescue organization in Punta Cana, RescataMe.org. In 2022 RescataMe joined forces with another rescue in the Dominican Republic, Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic, providing the ability for the group to add the advantages of being part of a U.S. 501 c 3 charity and a Registered Charity in Canada. We are excited to now provide you with the opportunity to have your donations be tax deductible in these countries.
The founders all worked and lived in Punta Cana area and wanted to do something about the rampant animal overpopulation they saw, work to prevent animal abuse and other issues they saw happening among the dogs and cats of the area.
Throughout the local communities of the Punta Cana area there were immense problems with stray animals and this group decided the best way to fight the problem was to concentrate on dramatically reducing the number of unwanted street animals through sterilization campaigns and "mini clinics".
Starting out with help from local vets and vet techs, the
group traveled in car caravans with donated supplies
collected by volunteers and a large tent to small villages
and poor areas to spay/neuter 20 animals at a time.
With this humble beginning, the Association Rescatame
Punta Cana was born. Pooling the founders private savings,
we held our first big Spay & Neuter campaign in Frisua, Bavaro (near Punta Cana). With a total of 47 animals spayed/neutered that weekend, it was a huge success if you consider those 47 animals not having a litter of unwanted puppies or kittens and those litters not having litters and so on and so on.
Today, walking the streets of Punta Cana and the surrounding area you will see that the number of strays has been reduced enormously, and those on the streets are much healthier.
With fewer animals on the streets and the educational work done by Rescatame, the Dominicans of Punta Cana now take much more responsibility for their own animals as well as the strays that live in their areas.
Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic - started very similarly to Rescatame as an organization of friends banding together in 2013 to help the animals on the north coast of the island near Puerto Plata. The vision of Rescatame and DCDR are identical and so it was only natural for the 2 to combine efforts to help even more animals in the Dominican Republic. We look forward to working with them in the Punta Cana area. To find out more about DCDR visit their site at: www.dcdr.org.
donations & Sponsoring
At RescataMe PuntaCana we appreciate any donation you are willing to make and there are no minimum contributions amounts. As an all volunteer organization, your donations go directly to helping the dogs and cats of the area and we do everything in our power to stretch our donor's funds as far as possible.
- $45 will spay/neuter a dog or cat so that they will not have to continue having unwanted litters.
- $10 will provide flea, tick, and parasite medicines for 5 animals living on the street.
- $100 will provide food, vaccinations, flea and tick medicines, and vet care for one animal in foster care until we are able to
get them into a forever home.
Monthly recurring donations can be made on the attached links and are greatly appreciated so that we can budget for what funds we will have coming in. $20 to $50 per month will allow you to sponsor one of the animals in our care. Your donations are now also tax deductible in the U.S. and Canada based on our collaboration with our new partner, Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic.
volunteer a day-feed The Street animals
Meet our furry friends
The dogs of the Dominican Republic are among the friendliest of their kind in the world. They are unique in that they live together socially without forming packs and there is hardly any aggression among themselves.
Many of the street and beach dogs make friends quickly with the tourists, go for a walk with them or guard their beach chairs on the beach.
So we often get emails with content like:
"We spent our vacation in the Dominican Republic in ... at an all inclusive resort .... Almost every day we saw this sweet beach dog on the premises and after a few days only, we truly bonded. At first he was very shy and anxious, but already after a few days, after feeding and playing with him, he became very friendly and has even "sought" us, as fellow tourists told us. Since he has become very dear to us in the few days, we have been seriously considering bringing him home. Especially since we have the feeling that he lacks a home and the fact, that he really blossomed since we started to take care. He's always follows us to the hotel room."
Now, of course, any animal-loving person would think, "Yeah, that's right, the dog needs to be fed and needs to be addressed and it's nice to provide the dog with a home in the hotel during his stay."
Unfortunately, far from it !!!
Taking a dog to the hotel or sometimes even just to the hotel's own beach is not good for the animal! None of the hotels here tolerate stray or beach animals on their premises and bringing them there can get them "eliminated" when caught.
Meet our street friends, dedicate one day of your vacation with a cause, book a "feed the pups" day. Contact us!
Arrange a visit to our animal sanctuary, Coconut Hound Haven. Contact us!
Anyone who has ever met the happy strays in Punta Cana, has seen how well socialized they are in getting along with each other and the humans who they interact with. They actually live a happy and a species-appropriate stray animal life. The most important thing is that they are sterilized and respected by the tourists and locals who they see day to day.
By taking an animal on your way back home as part of your "extra luggage", you can help change their life forever !
Rescatame Punta Cana will arrange everything, there is nothing you will have to do, but being an hour earlier at the airport. This helps us tremendously and is the only way animals can travel to adopters overseas.
A RescataMe Punta Cana representative will bring the animal to the airport, meet you there prior to your flight, and check the animal in. Upon arriving at your destination airport, you will be met by the adopter or our representative who will welcome the animal.
There is no work or expense on your part. Just imagine the overwhelming joy you will feel when you can see this animal meeting their new family - all thanks to your help!
If you are flying with any of the following airlines, our animals need you as an escort! American Airlines, Delta, Air Transat, Westjet, Air Canada, Jet Blue.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before your trip so that we can arrange all the details.
Adopting a stray animal is not something to be undertaken lightly.
Dogs and cats can live as long as 15+ years, and Rescatame Punta Cana wants to ensure that any of the stray animals placed for adoption do go to forever homes, people who will provide them with an appropriate, clean, safe, family environment, will feed them properly, take care of them when they are sick, and will – above all – give them the love they deserve, until the end of their days.
We are looking for short and long term fosters in Canada in the Toronto and Montreal area.
We are always looking for foster parents to provide a stray animal a temporary home while the dog or cat waits to travel to its forever home. We are looking for fosters in the Punta Cana area as well as in Canada in the Toronto or Montreal area. Fostering animals is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to rescue stray animals, sometimes we even have horses or ducks who need a temporary home.
Spay & Neuter Campaigns:
The single most important thing for helping relieve the suffering and deaths of our stray animals, is to reduce our overpopulation through spay and neuter in mass campaigns. With this we can prevent hundreds to thousands of unwanted animals being born, born only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused or even killed.
Spaying and neutering is the only answer to make a significant difference: Imagine, only one female dog can produce over 60,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat can produce the incredible number of over 300,000 kittens!
With the help of many individual animal lovers, volunteers, and tourists wanting to help we are feeding and caring for homeless street animals as one of our projects. A food program based solely on donations, is now providing these animals regular care and distribution of dog and cat food each week.
On our Saturday dog feed runs, we treat stray animals right on spot, or bring them to a local veterinary clinic if they have additional needs. Unfortunately diseases like distemper, parvovirus, sarcoptic and demodectic mange, canine transmissible tumours (TVT), which are diseases rarely seen in the first world, but are prevalent in the Dominican Republic. Other cases treated include infected wounds, fractures due to vehicular accidents, and various skin and tick-borne disease.
Is there a law for animal rights in the Dominican Republic? “Yes!” Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation, the animal welfare law "Ley 248-12". Developed by the Dominican animal rights organization Sociedad Dominicana para la prevencion de Crueldad a los animales / SODOPRECA (Dominican organization and prevention against animal cruelty) and executed since Aug 15, 2012. Although one of the better animal right laws, it's rarely put into practice and often ignored or violated by exactly those authorities that should actually guarantee its enforcement!
According to this law, animal abuse and poisonings are punished with 3 months – 1 year sentence in prison or fines of 26 – 50 monthly minimum wages.
By making people aware of the general but also the medical needs of deworming, skin parasites treatment, spay & neuter campaigns, many Dominicans begin to see the animal as a friend or family member. We explain that an animal also earns their living by guarding their home and a cat catches the mice and rats. Humans and animals can live together in harmony and community, as we humans must have respect and feel responsible environment, thus our world remains in balance.