Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Save the Dogs

Hundreds of street dogs lined up in a local park in south of Merida on Mexico’s Yucutan Penninsula recently while stacks of Krispy Kreme doughnuts were passed around just above their heads. There may have been a bit of drooling, but frankly, the dogs didn’t seem to mind. They’d already had their lunch and they had arrived for something far more precious.

Who's happier, the dog or the girls who hope to take him home?

In the second annual Dogs and Donuts Fair, the beloved rescue group Sanctuary Evolucion had doughnuts flown in all the way from Mexico City. Volunteers arrived with guarded hearts, not sure if they dared to anticipate high sales or interest in adopting the dogs who were looking especially soulful as their eyes met those of people who knelt down to stroke their fur and shake their paws.

It wasn't just the dogs who had fun!

“The first fair was a financial success but only a few dogs were adopted,” Sanctuary Evolucion Patricia Holland explains. “This time we didn’t sell as many donuts but over 50 families are interested in adopting. Evolucion volunteers are busy making home inspections and if only half of the families are suitable, 25 dogs will have found their forever homes.”

“These dogs are sweet natured, loyal and loving,” Patricia explains. And she should know. After all, at any given time more than 150 of these dogs, many of them dumped at the shelter gate, find a soft landing at Sanctuary Evolucion’s extraordinary rescue center that is redefining the care of shelter dogs.

When you walk up on this center, you don’t see rows of anxious dogs crying out from kennels. Not a chance. This is a place of peace, and it has the feeling of home for the dogs who feel safe here. The dogs are housed in 15 separate enclosures across the property and live compatibly in packs. They run free. There is also a puppy enclosure. Each enclosure has a large, airy shelter and shade and all the dogs are protected from the sun and rain. And with a Paws on Pavement program, walking groups are used to socialize the dogs and to get them comfortable walking on a leash outside the shelter.

Today the dogs and the volunteers have something very special to celebrate as after almost six years of intensive lobbying, a local animal protection law has finally been enacted. Among the many provisions of the new law are measures to prohibit dog fighting, to seize animals who fall victim to neglect and to protect pregnant horses from being forced to work.

Most of the dogs arrive looking like Pollete. But this is a beginning, not an end for the dogs who are healed and adopted by people who will love them as family.

A Chance to Triple Their Rescue Power

Patricia deeply believes that Sanctuary Evolucion can acheive more by intensifying their free spay/neuter clinics in low income communities and she explains that their biggest obstacle to doing so is the group’s constant battle to raise funds including the $2,000 a month (about 25,000 Pesos) they spend on dog food alone. Nearly each dog that arrives has been afflicted with some form of physical or emotional harm and it’s hard to say who suffered more, the dogs with only one remaining eye or the dogs afraid to look a human in the eye. In a region where homelessness is an epidemic for dogs, Sanctuary Evolucion is simply indespensible.

Today the Harmony Fund is announcing a $2,000 grant to feed the dogs and is hoping to double or even triple that amount with the support of dog lovers internationally. Visit us to learn more and to enjoy a 100% joyful photo showcase of the rescued dogs.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

WOW what a sanctuary-rescue program!!! This is how a dog kennel-shelter should be,and not separate cages that are the norm. Just fantastic,thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago

what a great program

Joan S.
Joan S5 years ago


Rosann Thiessen
Rosann Thiessen5 years ago

Now this is what I call a well ran sanctuary! I love the fact that there are 15 separate enclosures, and they are able to run freely! Being in a kennel that confines their ability to run around, causes much anxiety, depression, and not to mention health issues. I am also happy to hear that groups come in, to take them outside the sanctuary to help them become at ease with the leash outside their familiar area! Please keep up the wonderful efforts! I love the fact that your constant lobbying paid off so dog fighting is prohibited, and the ability to seize animals that fall victim to neglect etc. And that pregnant horses are not forced to work while being pregnant! Progress is'nt it grand! See all efforts are worth it, even if it takes 6 years! Kudos to Patricia for the free spay/'neuter clinics for low income, this is a major issue that needs much attention! I am happy to see many free to low cost programs starting up all over the place, this will help so many unwanted pets. For every animal that is killed in shelters every where it is a shameful loss that could have been prevented by spaying and neutering, thank you for getting this clinic going, it just adds to more hope!

Dara Carritt
Dara Arvizu5 years ago

Well hell if they can do it in Mexico then we can surley do it here in the U.S!! let this set an example for us! Such a heart warming story!

Lynn D.
Lynn D5 years ago

Thanks for heart warming story! Bless all the loving and caring people!

Gloria H.
Gloria Hackwith5 years ago

This is great. Love it.

Ashley Meyers
Ashley Meyers5 years ago

Great news! Thank you for sharing!

jessica r.
jessica r5 years ago

Great story & a great cause. Thanks for all the work you're doing!