Dec 10, 2003, 2:25 PM
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We moved to San Miguel de Allende with two cats and a small dog and all are surviving just fine.
Re: [encantame] problems of relocating to Mex?
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You have to have an International Health Certificate from a vet signed within something like 48 hours of crossing the border on all of them (even though we've never actually been asked to show such a certificate, we always get one). That means we have to have an appt. with a vet who has been alerted ahead of time to have forms on hand, on the morning we are to leave so that we will meet the time frame.
We drove down in a small SUV with everything we wanted to take, having gotten our FM3s ahead of time and listing all the contents of all the boxes on a Menage de Casa (see Rolly's page), and had no problems. We decided to go ahead with the menage because we had two desktop computers, two computerized sewing machines and other electronics stuff tobring, and that would have been hit hard with duty at the border if even allowed in.
No questions at the border on our pets. We put both cats in a pet carrier that rode just behind our seats, the litter box elsewhere in the car easy to get out, and the dog on my lap. We carried the pet carrier and litter box into the hotels each night in secret but declared the dog since she's a yapper. She's so cute and little that hotel managers generally agree to let her stay if they see her, but she does have to have company or she yaps so we can't leave her alone.
A lot of Mexican hotels will not take pets--check their sites on the internet and ask ahead for your route. That problem is discussed several places on these forums so do a search on hotels and dogs. We took the route that let us stay in the U.S. the longest so we could use Motel 6s as long as possible, then crossed at Nuevo Laredo and tried to drive straight through to San Miguel in one day, 600 miles, to avoid the hotel-dog problem, but we did stay over in the Holiday Inn in San Luis Potosi, whose internet site says they do take dogs. Had to beg and cry and talk to the manager to actually get permission, however.
Have heard stories that people have been kicked out of Mexican hotels in the middle of the night with no refund and nothing else open when their pets were discovered, but others here have said they've had no problems sneaking their pets in or getting permission. As I said, ours is a yapper.
Once we were here, most places took animals for long-term rentals. Mexican culture is around where the U.S. was in the 50s regarding animals--many people have no respect for them and mistreat them, while many people in the U.S. still mistreat animals as well, if you read the news. Lots of homeless dogs and cats around, and sometimes the dogs run in packs and can be dangerous, though I just heard of a woman in the states who was killed by loose dogs too.
We wouldn't let our dog run loose even in a penned area because of fear a street dog could jump in and kill her. Street dogs came into our courtyard and killed the Banty hen and nine chicks that we were enjoying running loose in our area. We keep a close rein on her when we walk her. We keep our cats inside--they've always been indoor cats--though we have friends who let their cats outside and probably have the same shortened life spans as U.S. cats.
I remember that outdoor pet cats live an average of three or four years, indoor/outdoor cats live around seven years, and indoor cats live something like 17 years. Probably about the same here.
We also feed a dozen feral cats and are taking them in to be neutered as soon as we can catch them--11 done so far, but some disappear, others show up. We share this job with our next-door neighbors who are from Canada.
In every area with a large number of gringos there is some sort of Society for the Protection of Animals by some name or other, which tries to educate people about respect for animals and which takes in strays and provides low-cost neutering, etc. They all need help and money--even with someone to socialize the new animals and walk and pet them. You 'd have lots of opportunities to help the cause.
What are your specific fears about your animals?