It’s been a week full of work and emotions at the shelter!! Enjoy part of what happens at the shelter every week! Your support is really important! Please #donate #share our work so we can continue #savingdogs !! #adopt #hundefotografie #petlovers #pups #rivieramaya #fyp ...

Please #helpus to take care of her and all the doggies under our care, we are 100% donation based, if you want to #donate PLEASE click on the link on our profile, every single donation make a difference between life and dead ! We are gonna do our best to make her healthy, happy and loved until we find a #foreverhome for her! #savingdogs #hund #adopt #pup #newlife #newbeginnings #dog #spayandneuter #streetdog ...

Thanks so much to all the #lovely people that helped us to #foster and #showeredwithlove❤️ many of our #doggies during #hurricane #beryl .Unfortunately we were so busy making sure the dogs and the shelter were ready for it and We didn’t take many pictures of the fosters but THANSK EVERYONE, We also rescued 2 doggies the day of the Hurricane !!! If you can help us with the repairs we have to do to keep the shelter in good conditions please Donate today! #donation #love #dogsofinstagram #hund #compassion #saving dogs ...

Chiquis has to get through the round of chemotherapy against tvt. Without your support we won’t be able to help her one more time and make her healthy!!! Donations are greatly appreciated and needed!!! 🙏🙏 #tvt #chemotherapy #chien #hund #adopt #rescuedogsofinstagram #rivieramaya ...

This little guys zest for life should be promoting all kinds of adoption feels in people. If anyone asks “Who’s a good boy?” It’s Cruz, Cruz is the good boy.
#playaanimalrescue #playadelcarmen #love #makeadifference #adoptarescue #lovedogs #donate #volunteer #streetdogs #meximutts #beahero #goodboy #rescuedogsofinsta #rescueisourfavoritebreed

The look of joy on Sak’s face says it all. No matter how rough the start of life is, these dogs are so happy. It gives us joy to be a part of this.
#playaanimalrescue #lovedogs #happydogs #makeadifference #beahero #adoptarescue #donate #volunteer #streetdogs #meximutts #rescuelife #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescueisourfavoritebreed #spreadthelove

In 2014 we rescued Flaca. She had experienced extreme trauma and was terribly fearful of humans she didn’t know well. She was unadoptable due to aggressive responses to strangers. Until that magical day she met Ricardo in January 2022. It was love at first sight for both of them. For more than 2 years, Flaca got a real home and family of her very own, until she passed away yesterday from heart failure. We cannot begin to tell Ricardo how grateful we are to him. Vaya con Dios Flaca ...

Cielo is our newest baby. His life on the street all alone is over. He is loving all the attention, and the food! After just a short time, he is looking and feeling so much better. Please help us to help more little nuggets just like Cielo. Donation link in bio.
#playaanimalrescue #helpushelpthem #love #beahero #donate #adoptarescue #volunteer #lovedogs #makeadifference #streetdogs #rescueisourfavoritebreed

Our boy Scooby is ready for a #adoption please #share so he can find his #foreverhome #adoptdontshop #doggy #pets #rivieramayaphotographer #helpus #donations #fyp ...

Every time one of our dogs get adopted, give us hope. when we finally see the happiness on our doggies at their new homes make us feel successful and it’s the best feeling we could ever ask for. Every adoption make us understand that all the hard work, all the stress , all the sad and happy moments are for this goal .. finding forever homes for them !!! SAVING DOGS ONE LIFE AT THE TIME!!! #adopta #volunteers #donations #nonprofit #dogs #perros #share #happiness ...

One more pup out of the #steets we will take care of him until we find him a home 🏠!! Please #share and if you can #help and #donate today!! #dogs #savingdogs #pups #adopt #adoptanocompres ...

Saturday Dog walk!! PLUS new rescued!!! #volunteers #dog #pups #walk #pets #adopt #spayandneuter #fypシ #rivieramaya #abandoned #paradise ...

About Us

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to providing a solution for dogs who have been born on the street, or abandoned by their owners. Life for these dogs is short, and full of misery. Our main focus is the extremely vulnerable, those who are ill, injured or too young to survive on their own.

Who we are.

Playa Animal Rescue is a No-Kill dog rescue located in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

In continuous operation since 2011, we operate with a multi purpose goal. To rescue dogs who are suffering on the street. To bring those dogs to health, physically and emotionally, and to find them loving permanent homes.

In addition, we promote Spay/Neuter as a long term solution to the overpopulation of street dogs. We believe that outreach and education is a vital part of that solution.

We receive no support from the Mexican government to do our work. We are supported solely by donations. 100% of every donation goes directly to the care of the dogs.

Thank you for your support!

Our Team

Playa Animal Rescue Advisory Board:

President/Treasurer – Sue Silva

Vice President/Operations Manager – Jan Northenscold

Social Media Director – Pat Faulstitch

Deb Hoke

Craig Faulstitch

Playa Animal Rescue Support Team:

Shelter Director – Dr. Mauricio Ramirez

Playa Animal Rescue is a non profit organization, registered in:

USA – Playa Animal House AC d/b/a Playa Animal Rescue. U.S. FEIN #45-4956962,

Mexico –  RFC PAH11205NNA

How to Help

Click the tabs below to see different ways you can help.

We rely solely on donations to continue our work rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing street dogs.

We appreciate your support more than we can say, and every dollar raised goes directly to the care of the dogs.

You can donate directly through either PayPal or Network for Good

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We have provided the opportunity in both spaces for either a one-time donation or a monthly gift. Our monthly donors give us the certainty that each month there will be funds for the dogs’ care.

If you prefer, you can mail a check in USD dollars to:

Playa Animal Rescue

20 Copperfield Avenue

North Easton MA, 02356


For a local adoption, interested parties must fill out an application,

and have a home check prior to adoption. Our local adoption fee is $1,500

pesos. For more information, email:

International Rescue Transfers to our Humane Partners

* Vet certificate fee – $50

We work with established organizations in Canada to place our dogs into

loving and responsible homes. We have found this to be the best solution

for international adoptions, as there are people in place in the

adoption location to assist with any issues.

Charm School.

On most Saturdays, we hold Charm School. Volunteers come to the shelter to walk dogs and help them get used to walking with manners, and to get used to all kinds of different people. This helps the dogs to work off excess energy and to be exposed to sights and sounds of normal life outside the rescue.

Training and exercise.

We love to have volunteers come into PAR during the week to help the dogs learn manners and good behavior. The dogs need exercise to reduce excess energy, and they need to learn how to navigate life outside the doors of PAR. Volunteers will work directly with our Veterinarian Mauricio.

Fundraising and events.

Throughout the year, we hold fundraising events. Two of our bigger ones are the Mayakoba Classic PGA golf tournament and the Andale market.

PAR Marshalls a hole at a major PGA tournament each year in return, the PGA makes a donation to us.  We have a large booth at the Andale market each December and are always in need of people to man that booth to help us sell donations. If you are interested in more information on either of those events or other ways you can help us fundraise, contact us.

Airport runs.

Almost all of our dogs fly to the Toronto area once they’re ready for adoption. They are then placed in homes with the help of our humane Partners. We need people with reliable vehicles to help move the dogs to the airport for their flights. And, to help get them checked in for their flight and go through customs on this end.

Flight parents.

We need people that are traveling from Cancun to Toronto to take our dogs to their new homes. Flight parents are provided with all the paperwork and instructions necessary to easily move the dogs through this process. You will be met on the Toronto end by the adoptive parents or fosters. It’s a super easy process, and the flight parent incurs no additional expense. There will be people on both ends of your flight to help you through the entire process.

We have several ways that local people can help us by fostering a dog in their home.


When a dog is found that needs to come into the shelter, we don’t always have space available in our quarantine area. A local family can help by fostering that dog until a spot for it opens up in quarantine. This foster situation is usually short-term, but we cannot guarantee an entry date for the dog. That is dependent totally on having a spot open up in quarantine.


Fosters can also help us with dogs who need socialization prior to adoption. Foster homes can help a dog get over any fears they might have, making the dog a better candidate for adoption.


We also look for fosters for dogs who have a set date for flying out. This situation is a short-term foster and helps to transition the dog to live in a home environment.

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