When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.
— A.D. Williams
Who Are We and What Do We Do?
Roatán Rescue (RR) is a U.S. 501c3 and Honduran registered animal protection and welfare foundation. We are founding members of the Federation of Animal Protection Associations of Honduras (FAPAH) and active within the Honduran government's National Council for Animal Protection and Welfare.
Our public veterinary clinic provides low-cost and subsidized veterinary care with a focus on spaying, neutering, vaccinations, and disease prevention. We see hundreds of animals in our public clinic each year and performed over 700 low-cost or free spay & neuter surgeries in 2021.
Our rescue services include emergency rescue and subsequent care of injured, abused, neglected, and abandoned animals. We collaborate with local police providing veterinary care and safe haven to animals involved in abuse and neglect investigations.
Our sanctuary currently is home to 600+ dogs, cats, horses, and chickens.
We are struggling to provide sufficient space, food, medical care, and attention to all of them as we’re far beyond capacity, thus we are focusing on physically expanding our shelter and increasing fundraising.
We must endeavor to rescue more of the ever-increasing number of abandoned animals struggling to survive alone on the streets. Augmenting the number of spays/neuters we perform each month will help reduce the large number of animals being abandoned to endure desperate lives of misery and disease.
The worst problems facing the animals of Roatan are over-population, endemic diseases, and neglectful and callous attitudes toward their suffering by the human population.
The number of dogs and cats on the island is estimated to be between 70,000 and 150,000.
Statistics culled from our medical files show the prevalence of deadly canine diseases which could be easily prevented. Many of these diseases are zoonotic and thus affect the human population as well. Combined infection statistics from the past 12 months culled from dogs brought to our clinic as pets and rescues taken from the streets:
Hematoparasitic diseases are spread by ticks/fleas such as ehrlichiosis canis, anaplasmosis etc. 95%, Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis), 60% TVT (transmissible venereal tumors) 20%
Human suffering and poverty are rampant here. Thus cultural and societal attitudes towards animals have not evolved as they have in the wealthier countries of North America and Europe. When one cannot feed their children sufficiently on a regular basis, imagine how little the family dog or cat receives.
Our shelter and veterinary clinic are staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year by 25 caregivers and 2 veterinarians.
Helping the animals also helps the people in our communities by providing 27 much-needed full-time jobs.
Our mission statement is to End Animal Suffering on Roatan. Our means to achieve this is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome Any and All Animals in Need.
We believe all animals deserve a pain-free, safe and happy life.
Our generous supporters and donors are the LIFELINE to the helpless and voiceless animals of Roatan as we receive zero funding from any level of the government.