Dogs in Cuba

Street dog

During our most recent trip to Cuba, Roberto and I were alarmed at the number of dogs roaming the streets in Havana and Pinar del Rio.  It’s normal to see a few stray dogs in Havana, but this time there were dozens and dozens of stray dogs in just a few blocks.  There were chihuahuas, pugs, poodles and other full breed dogs as well as mutts.  Quietly starving on the sidewalks, we never heard them bark or whine.  Some had tumours and open sores.  Some were unable to move.

Can anything be done for these dogs?  Is there such a thing as a Red Cross for dogs?  If there is, I would like to help.


5 responses to “Dogs in Cuba

  1. Great steps are being taken in Habana Vieja to rescue treat and rehome strays.
    Regular spay/neuter campañas are the key to a better community for animals and people.

    • This is excellent! I found it very depressing to see so many distressed animals, especially in Playa, Nuevo Vedado and Pinar del Rio. I wish you could help the entire island. Education is so important, too. How can people help?
      Also, how did you get foreigners in there with all those supplies? I had a friend who used to take hospital supplies for doctor friends until they were confiscated at the airport.

  2. I wish I could help all of Cuba as well.
    One step at a time. At present the Spanky Project’s efforts are concentrated in Havana. The next step is Pinar de Rio.
    The Spanky Project enters on “Collaborations Visas”. We work with Cuban institutions such as the Consejo Cientifico Veterinario de Cuba. All our donations arrive pre approved with a “permiso”.
    Drop me a line via email (check the SP blog ) if you would like further info.

  3. Davis and Booster Hawn

    Hi Melanie,
    Would you (or anyone else interested in dogs in Cuba) please contact me at Please see:
    I had an AMAZING time with my service dog in Cuba and things are looking up! BTW I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the folks at Spanky Project!

  4. Hello!

    I read all about your experience in Cuba and am so happy to hear some good things are happening for our canine friends on the island. I hope you get a great response!

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