To Whom It May Concern:
My husband and I own and run a small eco hotel on the lake where Ayuda does most of it’s work. We have been here for 6 years, and have been so impressed not only with the mission of this group, but the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers involved. When we first moved here we got a dog, and then met Selaine – she was such a help explaining about the issues being faced by the dog and cat population and after we met Dr. Isael – who to this day is still our vet – we were sure we wanted to support this organization.
We have a staff of 13 local people and when we first moved here their mentality was like that of most people at the lake. Your dog was left outside to fend for itself and used for security only. Our staff have watched us with our three dogs, and see how much we love them, and how much joy we get from them and all have changed their views on dogs. In fact 3 separate staff members have adopted puppies through Ayuda! They are very proud of their pups and now understand the importance of spaying/neutering and vaccinating their beloved furry family members. This started with our small group of staff who have brought these same values home to their family and neighbours – and through that we can see a huge change happening community wide.
Ayuda does such a great job of including the communities as part of the solution and of making the connection between dog/cat health and the overall health of a community. Its because of this that they are such a great success.
We are so thankful for all the time and energy Ayuda spends each year through this program. We can see a significant drop in the number of street/homeless animals in such a short time frame. It’s is wonderful to be here and able to see the progress and to be able to see the community we live in have a greater understanding of how wonderful pets can be and the importance of keeping them healthy!
Thank you to Selaine and Ayuda for all that you do for our community we are so happy to have you here, and love supporting your organization the best way we can.
Steve & Katharine Kmack
La Fortuna at Atitlan Boutique Eco Hotel