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One Woman’s Tireless Efforts Bring Hope to the Hopeless

Ascot Media Group (Press Release) – Houston, TX, May 28, 2011 — Everyone on the island of Isla Mujeres knows Alison Sawyer Current – she is the woman who has dedicated her life to rescuing and caring for abused and discarded animals whose future would be extremely bleak without her intervention.  She has helped to decrease the pet population through ongoing spay and neuter programs, education, vaccinations and adoption.  Perhaps the following true story and its outcome best describes what Alison deals with on a daily basis and what keeps her going in spite of such adversity:

This story is about Roco, a callously abused dog, who was brought to Alison as a last resort after tourists gave the owner money to take Roco to the vet and then realized that the owner’s only goal was spending the money at the closest bar to drink to Roco’s health!  Out of all the sad cases she had seen over the years, Roco was one of the saddest. The owner had kept him on the roof of his house and regularly forgot to feed or water him, or provide any kind of shelter from the unrelenting sun – even leaving him there while the roof was being re-tarred!  Needless to say, Roco had tar matted into 70% of the fur covering his body, and in the moist, warm place that was between his skin and the tar there thrived every kind of parasite imaginable. Using a sharp blade, Alison had to slowly cut the fur under the tar until it could be peeled off like cloth! 

Roco’s feet and his ears were completely full of tics and infection and even after Alison removed as many tics as she could and bathed him – he was still anything but a pretty sight!  But what made this sad sight even sadder, was that Roco eyes were rimmed with infection and he was found to have a serious eye condition that almost cost him his sight. The condition was so severe that under more normal circumstances it might have required more than one operation – in Roco’s case, the vets at the spay and neuter clinic had to operate no less than five times!  

That was six years ago and, thanks to Alison and her volunteers, Roco is now a healthy, happy dog with a shiny black coat who thinks he is king of the castle at Isla Animals – a title he so rightly earned and deserves! 

Isla Animals has proudly saved the lives of over 4,450 dogs in the past decade and Alison Sawyer Current, also a writer who selflessly donates her book’s proceeds to saving more animals, is the operator of this unofficial humane society. To see more of this organization and their amazing work, please visit their website at:

A famous quote of Mahatma Gandhi says it all: The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


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