Honduras has a National Foundation for the Protection of Animals (FUNAPA -Fundación Nacional Protectora de Animales). Their mission is to provide assistance, protection, and a decent home for rescued or abandoned animals through adoptions, providing shelter, and wildlife integration with the help of volunteers, contributions, and sponsorships. The foundation was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and fought from 2008 through 2010 to have its legal status confirmed, which wasn’t obtained until February of 2010. Since that time, the dreams, visions, ideas, and objectives are nurtured every day through the hard work to inform, educate and make people in Honduras aware of, and learn respect for, living things. Each year, more than 200 animals are rescued, healed, and adopted through FUNAPA.
Veterinarian Dr. Guillermo Van Tuyll, is the director of the foundation, and has said that through FUNAPA, Sampedranos have changed their way of thinking about animals. Now they not only see the beauty of an animal, but consider its need for a home. He explained that the organization survives on donations from private enterprises and the public in general. “We do not have the funds to sustain the Organization, but thanks to contributors who have provided through these years, our only objective is to protect those for who nobody cares: animals”.
San Pedro Sula is not the only location in Honduras where we are seeing an increase in awareness of the plight of animals in Honduras, and animal rescue efforts are taking place in other locations as well. The Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila in Honduras each have their own animal rescue efforts, Roatan Renegade Rescue and Utila Animal Rescue. Each of these organizations are only able to operate through the continued donations of animal lovers. Please consider donating generously to their animal rescue efforts.