Meet Our Intrepid Rescue Leaders
Luz Maria Wong
Luz Maria Wong, the Director of the SPCA-PV, has been a strong advocate for animal welfare in Puerto Vallarta for many years.
With her amazing energy and unrelenting dedication, she has been involved in the rescue of numerous needy animals that were homeless or abused, and has worked tirelessly to prevent overpopulation through free spay/neuter clinics.
In 1999, Luz Maria met Janice Chatterton, who inspired Luz Maria to get involved with animal rescue efforts. They started in a small casita, and in January 2012, opened the SPCA de Puerto Vallarta (SPCA-PV), a unique no-kill sanctuary that housed up to 120 animals at once, and found permanent homes for over 200 animals per year. Luz Maria was asked to join the SPCAPV Board of Directors in 2007. Read More.
Our Sister Organizations
There are three separate organizations reflecting our three countries of operation.
Is our organization in Puerto Vallarta and is responsible for rescue and rehabilitation within our Mexican sanctuary. We also facilitate placement in either foster or permanent homes within Mexico, Canada, or the United States. Donations are not tax-deductible within Mexico.
PVCA Animal Rescue Society
Is the Canadian organization responsible for the placement of the rescues into foster or permanent homes when they arrive from Mexico. Donations are not tax-deductible within Canada.
PreVent Cruelty to Animals
We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity. EIN number 26-3656362. Donations are tax-deductible within the United States of America to the extent allowed. All donations are used to support the efforts of the SPCA Puerto Vallarta.”
Wreaked havoc on our shelter, yet it could have been worse. Thanks to the valiant efforts of our board, employees and volunteers, every last one of the 56 dogs and 10 cats we had in residence was saved!
Sadly however, one feral cat was impossible to catch and lost.
While the animals were saved and mostly placed in foster and adoptive homes, the damage to the structure was severe. Staff housing, the kitchen, laundry, cattery, examination room, Quarantine kennels, and the hydrotherapy pool were all washed away.
Given the damage, the shelter has been “closed” and we’ve rescued very few additional animals. However, as was Janice’s vision, we’ve maintained the Sanctuary where dogs unsuitable for adoption are provided love and care. This would not have been possible without your continued support.
Since August last year, we manage to find furrever homes to 56 dogs and 18 cats. Read more
Our four-legged friends need your help
We are not supported by the government, corporations, foundations, or businesses. We fully function on private donations.