You have arrived at the website of a growing group of animal lovers who live in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala.

Simply stated, our work is about the care and well-being of homeless and impoverished dogs and cats in our region.  These animals live on the streets and beaches of our lakeside communities.  Often, their food supplies must be foraged from the gutters and dumps.  They are routinely seen limping from being hit by taxis, as well as bloody from cuts made by the machetes of drunks. They are often found tied in bags and left to die by the river.  If never sterilized and vaccinated, they become a perpetual factory of unwanted offspring, venereal diseases, and general health risks.


Traditionally, the population of these animals has been controlled through semi-annual poisonings during the Easter and Christmas holidays.  Organized groups and individuals distribute strychnine-laced meat into the streets, causing both homeless and family pets to die in agony in public places.

We believe that the work we do has made a continuing difference in these horrific practices.  We believe that the results of our work have significantly reduced the overpopulation of homeless animals.  And we believe that the food and medical treatment we have enabled has raised health standards and new awareness in the communities.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our publishing site and feel free to ask us about anything.  We try to keep our news stories interesting so do come visit us often to see what we’ve been up to.

Select the About Ayuda page for details about the scope of our work.

Please select the Donations page if you would like to make any kind of contribution for the animals.  And if you are planning a trip to Guatemala, then please see our Visiting? page for a list of everyday items which can be easily packed in a suitcase.


Ellen Finn, San Pedro La Laguna
I have worked with Ayuda organization for many years here in Guatemala.   I can’t say enough good things about all that this organization does, and has done with the scores of animals that i have personally rescued. The quality of her work and her team is exceptional~  Selaine is an extremely caring director and has been able to help me on all sorts of levels such as giving advice on caring for rescued dogs to providing medical treatment and sterilization of the dogs i bring in.   She is also actively working on community education and prevention of the mass poisonings of street dogs and family pets.
I would be lost without her.   Rescuing dogs can be an overwhelming effort both physically and emotionally and having Selaine and her wonderful crew helps me succeed in spite of so many odds here.
Milagro in this picture, was rescued over a month ago.   It took me 5 trips to the coffee fields outside of town to finally rescue her.   Thanks to advice and support of Ayuda, she is now healthy, vaccinated, sterilized and expected to move this Thursday to her forever home.