:Nicole Young, for TAPACT
At TAPACT, we are dedicated to inspiring cultural change around the treatment of dogs and end the unethical commerce of our four-legged friends. One of the ways that we hope to achieve this goal is by working actively to stop the sale of puppies at the border.
If you’ve ever crossed the Mexico-United States border in Tijuana, you’ve likely seen the puppy peddlers. They’ll approach anyone and everyone, and will use persuasive tactics to try to guilt unsuspecting, well-intentioned individuals into purchasing a puppy. While it’s undoubtedly difficult to ignore puppy peddlers and turn down a sweet, innocent pup, it’s crucial to say no to puppy vendors to stop the demand, which will in turn stop the selling of puppies all together.
Next time you are at the border crossing and see or come into contact with a puppy vendor, the best thing you can do is to collect as much information as you can so you can report them to Tijuana Authorities and Tijuana Animal Control, or pass along to TAPACT for evaluation.
Here is the type of information you should aim to collect:
By collecting this information and passing it along to the authorities or to TAPACT, you are performing an invaluable service. Any and every piece of information we can collect on the puppy vendors helps us achieve our goal of stopping the sale of border pups all together.
If you would like to report a puppy vendor, the number for Tijuana Authorities is +52 664 186 9498, and for Tijuana Animal Control is +52 664 973 7006. Or, you can send photos, videos, recordings and/or information to TAPACT@theanimalpad.com.
If you still want to help these animals, adoption or fostering is one of the best things you can, and will ever, do. Contact your local animal shelter or rescue organization – like The Animal Pad – to learn more about adoption, fostering or other ways to help. If adoption or fostering isn’t in the cards, you can apply to volunteer at The Animal Pad or TAPACT here.
Together, we can be heard. Together, we can make change. Together, we can’t be stopped.