Humane Society of Cozumel Island Volunteer Program

by Lisa Ramirez, President HSCI

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The Humane Society of Cozumel Island would like to welcome Joei StGermain to its scheduled volunteer rotation.  Joei has been a regular at the HSCI over the past few years lending a hand when and wherever needed.  She will now serve as our liaison when people come to the HSCI looking to spend part of their day as a volunteer or just to drop off donations and take a tour.  The HSCI is looking for more able bodies to work in to the volunteer rotation.  This means you would be on a schedule for one day a week lending a paw to our staff to deal with the day to day goings on.  Here are a few of the things we ask of our volunteers.

  1. Throwing a pillow on the floor of the catteries, sitting down and playing with the cats and kittens.  This helps socialize our adoption candidates and makes them easier to place.  Our adult cats will love on you for hours.  It has been scientifically proven that petting a cat can lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety and release endorphins.
  2. Bathing puppies.. needs no explanation…just plain fun!!
  3. Taking dogs on their daily walks
  4. Going along on a “rescue” mission with Ricardo
  5. General cleaning
  6. Greeting visitors

These are just a few of the many fun ways to spend half of a day.  Volunteering for the HSCI is extremely gratifying both emotionally and spiritually.  Bring the family.  We do ask that if you bring children they are always under your direct supervision.  For more information you can email us at

Puppy kisses from all of us at the HSCI

Lisa Ramirez is the President of the Cozumel Humane Society.  Lisa has been an active part of the Cozumel Community since she moved to the Island in 1991.  Lisa also owns and runs Rock’n Java, and has raised her daughter, Bianca,  here in Cozumel.


Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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