Edgardo Zúñiga Juárez loves to travel, and he loves dogs. Six years ago, the Mexican native managed to combine these two passions into a full-time job.
Edgardo started traveling around the Mexican border with his dogs, looking to rescue animals in need. During this period, Edgardo earned the nickname Edgardo Perros, which means dogs in Spanish. Edgardo started in the small town of Bucerias and made his way around the perimeter of Mexico.
In a video about his work, Edgardo says that dogs in rural areas often don’t get the attention and help they need. Edgardo decided to bring his three dogs along as he set out to help as many dogs as he could. In the time Edgardo has been on the road, he has rescued nearly 500 dogs and found them homes.
A few months ago I was driving out of the small Mexican town of Mazunte, Oaxaca, when I saw a peculiar sight on the side of the road. A man was pushing a trolley along the road and surrounding him were dogs. Dogs were on top of his trolley. Dogs were behind him, in front of him and by his side. Tails were wagging furiously, barks were sounding and he just kept pushing his trolley through the heat. This is the story of Edgardo Perros. Thank you to Fernando Cortez Marques from https://www.facebook.com/videosforacause/ for all his help in shooting this project with me and editing all the Spanish interviews!Thank you to Laurie Alexander for helping with the logistics and thank you to Sat Chit Ananda for his translation work. If you would like to contribute to Edgardo and his journey, follow this link:https://www.paypal.me/SalvaPerrosAlso, take a look at his Facebook page Edgardo SalvaPerros!
Posted by The Yogi Photographer on Tuesday, October 22, 2019
As Edgardo and his dogs travel around Mexico, they rescue abused and abandoned dogs. Edgardo’s dogs teach the rescued dogs how to be calm. The rescued dogs can be reckless and often bark a lot. Edgardo’s dogs set a good example for the rescues. Edgardo also works with the dogs to ready them for adoption.
Some of Edgardo’s rescue dogs have been with him for years. Edgardo says the worst part of his job is seeing how cruel humans can be towards animals. One dog, named Enzo, was suffering from a terrible bone infection. Enzo had to have his arm amputated and is convalescing in a nearby clinic. Edgardo is waiting for Enzo to be strong enough so he can start rehabilitation with the dog.
Edgardo would like to transition his efforts to the city. He knows there are a lot of inner-city dogs who need help. But for now, Edgardo is content continuing his efforts in the rural regions. Edgardo refers to his rescues as his “little kings” and makes sure all their needs are met. What an inspiring story!
Credits: Edgardo SalvaPerros Facebook