“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language".
- Martin Buber, I and Thou
Sensitizing people to the emotional needs and complexities of animals is the best way I can think of to help promote compassion, a benefit not just to animals.
When coatimundis are adopted as family pets, it seldom ends well. With naturalists at the Rio Lagartos biosphere reserve we have facilitated the release of several animals including coatimundi and cormorant. Other animals which have found temporary sanctuary at Genesis include hummingbirds, grackle, hawk, parrots, egret, doves, owls, mot-mots, iguanas, tarantulas, snakes, parrots, cats and dogs.
Over the last decade we’ve noticed changes in attitudes toward dogs and cats in the village but there is still a long way to go. Volunteer veterinary clinics, guest donations and proceeds from our purified water sales have helped us fund spay and neuter operations as well as anti-parasite programs and animal care presentations in the school.
By hosting veterinary schools, and working with local vets, Genesis has
sterilized more than 200 dogs and cats in the last 12 years. That means thousands fewer animals and higher quality of life for those which have been sterilized. Thanks to guest donations and our water fund!!
Ecology and Animal Welfare
To our detriment we measure the worth of other beings and ecosystems--and afford them right to exist--according to their profit to us. But what could be more useful than supporting the ecosystems and diversity of life upon which we ourselves depend? We too are part of an ecosystem and if we destroy its diversity, we destroy our own resilience as a species.
Changing the way we perceive and understand the world outside of the human community is critical to our survival. The most convenient way to teach the value of all life is to start with animals closest to us. Interacting with rescue dogs, cattle, pigs, burros, chickens and ducks on ReGenesis farm helps children understand and respect other life.
Join us on a tour of our farm and conservation area. All of the proceeds go to animal feed and care. You can visit our Zebu cattle and "Maya" heritage pigs. We let them live out their natural lives--as minor gestures of compensation for the suffering of their species.
Guests may also explore the 120 acres we have left in reserve for native plants and trees, deer, oncillas, squirrels, wild parrots and a variety of other wildlife.
We’ve hosted beginner birding workshops and participated as a team in the annual Toh birding festival, encouraging local youth to trade in sling shots for binoculars. We encourage guests to request the services of these junior bird guides.
Animal Welfare Goals
Teach compassion and respect for other life forms
Help put people in touch with their instinctive selves and to eliminate fear of nature and “wildness”.
Provide opportunity for urban children to learn about and appreciate animals through observation or interaction with them.
Provide a viable long-term home for animals that could otherwise not survive on their own.
Learn alternative and humane ways of caring for farm animals and modelling techniques to teach others
Street Dog Adoptions
In over a decade we have found homes for and processed international adoptions of about 60 puppies and dogs from Ek Balam. They have become beloved family pets in Canada, United States and Mexico. See friendsofekbalam.wordpress.com for more information.