Yesterday I saw a link to Sanctuary Evolucion, a shelter and so much more for abandoned and neglected or unwanted dogs and cats. I have seen articles in Yucatan Today and Yucatan Living and the "Dog of the Week" videos produced by In the Yucatan, but this link is to a new program initiated by Evolucion founder Silvia Cortés and her staff of volunteers. There is an amazing and heart-warming video about teaching kids that abandoning an animal to the streets is an act of violence. It is a violent act to leave a dog locked in an abandoned home to starve to death. As a Boy Scout badge shows, it is about learning 'Respeto - Compasión - Responsabilidad'. The program was initiated in an effort to stem the incidence of domestic and other acts of violence in the Yucatan by teaching children to respect and appreciate all living things. I have not seen estimates for the number of abused animals in Mexico, but the Humane Society of the United States (HUSU) estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. This is a sad and alarming statistic. When we finally make it to Mérida full time, I know where I will be volunteering.