Yucatan mission: neutering semi domesticated animals

Students will help local associations, in order to provide medical care and lead a mass sterilisation campaign for semi domesticated animals

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Purina BetterwithPets Prize and, based on its description, I am eligible to apply:

  • Yes, I’m eligible
  • Yes, I’m 18 years old or older

Should you be successful, please confirm your availability to attend:

  • Additional Skype interview(s) during the week of March 16-20th 2020
  • The Purina BetterwithPets Forum in Paris, on 3-4th of June 2020

Initiative's representative name

Sixtine Montens

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Woman

Headquarters location: country

  • France

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?

We are planning to neuter animals in Mexico in different towns near Cancun, Yucatan, Mexico.

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/vet-oniris-sans-frontieres/collectes/campagne-de-sterilisations-gratuites-au-mexique-par-vet-oniris-sans-frontieres https://www.facebook.com/MissionsInternationalesVOSF/?__tn__=%2Cd%3C-R&eid=ARArhMrPKi-uhvMD1NmPHbTRolYkhgt0TlbYlqkiKRHPfAlbWzLQzesOfsWV7Eix6iyx_X0zPEvAc4YI https://missionyucatan.wixsite.com/yucatan

Focus Areas

  • Revolutionizing veterinary care for pets

What is your current yearly budget for the initiative? If you are an idea stage, what early budget you would need to kick-off and run operations in your first year?

  • €10k - €50k

Organisation Type

  • youth-led initiative: organisations, whether informal or formal, created and led primary by young people

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

This project was created 2 years ago by Leila Assaghir, a veterinarian student. She wanted to create a project in order to both stop proliferation of animals in countries that need to and helps students to improve and to learn new things as future veterinarian. She had first the idea to do it in Morocco but it is eventually in Mexico that this project was created.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We want to stop proliferation of animals in Mexico because animals are there considered as semi domesticated. So people do not have enough money to feed all of them and they are not aware of the importance of neutering and vaccination. So we have first to promote awareness of neutering animals.

3. Your solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We plan to neuter and take care 900 pets for 6 weeks this year.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

This project is conducted by 24 veterinarian students who are going to learn new things for their future job thanks to this project. Usually this is done by a veterinarian doctor but here it is done by students.

5. How does your project harness the pet-human bond to help people develop important social competencies (For example: emotional intelligence, collaboration, empathy, resilience, inclusivity) and overcome serious societal issues (for example: violence, abuse, trauma, isolation, abandonment)?

We are going to speak with local population about their animals so a relationship will be make between us, the veterinarian, the animals and owners. This will help local population to understand more the importance of sterilisation and vaccination of animals. This will also improve health safety for local population.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

The profession of veterinarian is very important in the society. Our project will help creating a bond between owners and veterinarians. And so owners will be more likely to come to see the vet. This is all about awareness of caring.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We are planning on going to Mexico for more than 6 weeks and neutering more pets here or going to other countries to develop our project.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for different stakeholders?

This project is both humanitarian and educative because it will help local population but also help students to learn more, to practice surgery and to open their mind. This is really important as future veterinarians.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

During one year we make a lot of things to earn money. For example, before christmas, we wrap gifts for people and people give us money. We plan parties and sell some food there. We sell some calendar, chocolates, flowers or cakes... We also ask some companies to give us money or surgeries equipment.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Our team is composed of 24 students from 1st to 5th year. We all have different responsibilities. Sixtine Montens is the boss and has to make sure everything goes well. Then one is responsible for communication, one is in charge of the budget and all the others are responsible of one event each.

11. How do you plan to influence your field of work if you are a winner of this edition of the Purina BetterwithPets Prize?

Working with local population helps improve confidence. Indeed, they will be more likely to trust veterinarian and so take their animals to see the vet for vaccination etc...

12. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email


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