Imagine packing for a great adventure.
Bags in the car, full tank, pesos in your pocket, passports ready. You cross the Mexican border, stop at the line-up for tourist visas, and you're back on the road within an hour.
Ten minutes later you see the first one lying on the side of the road. Before the next small town, there are 2 more ; one at a cross street, the other in the boulevard between lanes.
Slowing down as you approach the toll booth, there is another one by the sidewalk. Small and furry and dead. And the few people standing by it or walking past it don't even look at it.
If you haven't guessed by now, I'm talking about dogs. Dead dogs. Hit by cars and left to lie where they died. Like trash.
Less than two hours into our Mexico trip, we saw close to ten dead dogs between Nogales and Hermosilla, Mexico. No doubt most were strays, but several had dog collars. All of them were hit by cars, yet everyone was stepping over them or driving around them.
It was sickening.
There were just so many dogs. And no one thought to move them away.
Over many years of driving/traveling thru Mexico, I've never seen anything like that. There are always strays. Always. But it's rare to see a dead dog left on the roadside or sidewalk. Never mind ten.
Dogs aren't considered 'pets' for many Mexican families. And even when they are a family pet, they aren't usually spayed or neutered, for a variety of reasons: no cash, male machismo, other priorities, etc.
As a result, these dogs - strays or not - keep making more puppies, who grow up into dogs who aren't fixed and keep making more puppies. That no one wants or can afford to keep. Ending up dead on the side of the road.
We spoke with a San Carlos lady who volunteers with Mexican spay and neuter clinics. She retired in San Carlos but drives to her hometown of Tucson once a month, and she had never seen anything like what we saw. Which gives me hope that it was a rare occurance.
Our trip back across the border yesterday was completely different and more of what I know about Mexico. Many strays, but only one dog that had been hit by a vehicle. Still one dog too many.
Up to this point I've been young (naive) enough to think we can change the dog population/dog quality of life in Mexico. But then I remember all those idiots in Canada and the USA who don't spay or neuter either. Despite having the money. And the knowledge.
You can't make people care about things they don't care about. Even a life.