Opening our first location would not have been possible without the support of Gillian Wood. After meeting at an annual Spay-a-thon trip, Nikki knew that Gillian’s dedication for compassionately reducing the world’s stray and vulnerable dogs was one that rarely matched her own. From this first encounter, a powerful partnership was formed and would become the basis for our work in Mexico.
Prior to her partnership with Wild at Heart Foundation, USA-based Gillian has kept an impressive track record of her own. From creating programmes that have resulted in the highest save rate for municipal shelters in the USA, to developing recovery protocols that allow mobile veterinarian teams to maximise the number of safe sterilisations they can perform, Gillian’s ethos is one that we proudly align with Wild at Heart Foundation.
In July of 2020, when a facility became available in Chemuyl, Mexico, Gillian and Nikki jumped at the chance. Having an outreach centre in the midst of a stray dog epidemic had always been a dream discussed between the two, so, 4 months later, Gillian packed her bags and made the 5500km drive with her 4 rescue dogs, Rizzo, Tick, Jeffrey and Allie.
After spending twenty-five years as Executive Director of an organisation operating animal shelters in New York, we knew that Gillian was the right person to head up our project in Mexico. Her incredible team of volunteers have already begun their outreach work, spaying, neutering, vaccinating and de-worming 220 animals within their first month. With much support from the local citizens, we are so excited to finally announce our the work we can do with Gillian and her team in Mexico! With the combined energy, compassion, and commitment provided by Nikki, Gillian, and the Wild at Heart team, The Mexican Animal Resource Centre will provide a solid launching pad for incredible life-saving work.