Humane Society Diane Tealander

How the Humane Society of Cozumel Island Has Enriched My Cozumel Experience

Photo Courtesy of Royal Rescue & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Diane Tealander shares her story & her desire for a mobile vet van….


I found Cozumel like many of you did…on a cruise in 1991 with ten of my friends.  At that time, the island was very sleepy and not built up at all.  I fell in love with Cozumel, the Mexican people, and the absolutely stunning diving there.  A year later, I was a proud owner of property in Cozumel (which the Humane Society of Cozumel Island will inherit someday).  My husband, Manfred Wenger, and I got married in Cozumel in 1997 and just celebrated 20 years together, so Cozumel is good luck too!


Back then, I was depressed at all the stray animals everywhere.  I remember

Photo Courtesy of Royal Rescue & Wildlife Sanctuary.

going to the Burger King and just buying hamburger patties to feed the animals I saw.  Since then, the Cozumel Humane Society was formed (1995) and the island has been transformed.  Thanks to them, and donations from people like you, they were able to save so many animals and place them in loving furrever homes.


Since 2013, on every trip down there, I have asked the Cozumel Humane Society if I could bring back some cats or kittens to find homes in the states.  I couldn’t stand seeing them in cages with hardly any chance of adoption, especially if they had black on them, since people can be a bit superstitious.  I pay the airlines to bring them back, but this is a labor of love. It’s such fun and easy to transport them here too.  I have also received cats from our two local airports from the wonderful people who have agreed to bring them back on their flights for a chance at a happy life.  And every adopted cat from Cozumel gets a donation to the Cozumel Humane Society from happy adopters.


To date, I have adopted out almost 50 cats and kittens from Cozumel and we have seven of our own Mexicats too.  If you would like to see some success pictures, check out our facebook page:  Royal Rescue & Wildlife Sanctuary.  All are happy and healthy and have perfect happy homes here in the Chicago area where they are spoiled everyday.


I have started a Go Fund Me page for a Cozumel surgical vet van.  This would be fantastic for the Humane Society to be able to spay and neuter, and treat large and small animals in all areas of the island.  All they have now is a broken down pickup truck with no medical supplies, so their hands are essentially tied right now.  Please open your hearts to them during this holiday season and consider making a donation to help all the animals now and in the future on the beautiful island of Cozumel.


Diane Telander, Glen Ellyn, IL

De qué manera la Sociedad Humanitaria de la Isla de Cozumel ha enriquecido mi experiencia en Cozumel

Diane Tealander comparte su historia y sus deseos de una camioneta veterinaria móvil. . . .

Al igual que muchos de ustedes, encontré a Cozumel durante un viaje en buque turístico con diez amistades. En aquella época la Isla estaba sumamente tranquila y nada desarrollada. Me enamore de Cozumel, de los mexicanos y del espectacular buceo. Un año después, me convertí en propietaria de un inmueble en Cozumel (que la Sociedad Humanitaria de la Isla de Cozumel heredará algún día). Mi esposo, Manfred Wenger, y yo contrajimos matrimonio en Cozumel en 1997 y recién celebramos 20 años juntos, ¡así que Cozumel también es buena suerte!


En aquel entonces me deprimía ver tanto animal callejero. Recuerdo ir a Burger King y comprar hamburguesitas para alimentar a los animales que e encontraba. Desde entonces se formó la Sociedad Humanitaria de Cozumel (1995) y la Isla se ha transformado. Gracias a ellos y los donativos de personas como ustedes, les fue posible salvar a tantos animales y encontrarles hogares permanentes.

Desde el año 2013 y en cada uno de mis viajes he preguntado a la Sociedad Humanitaria de Cozumel si puedo llevar gatos o gatitos para encontrarles un hogar en los EUA. No soportaba verlos en jaulas con posibilidades casi nulas de adopción; en especial si eran color negro ya que la gente puede ser algo supersticiosa.  Yo pago a las aerolíneas para transportarlos, y esta es una labor de amor. También es muy divertido y sencillo transportarlos para acá. Con personas que han accedido traerlos en sus vuelos para que tengan la oportunidad de una vida feliz, he recibido gatos a través de nuestros dos aeropuertos locales. Y, quienes felizmente adoptan  gatos de Cozumel, entregan un donativo a la Sociedad Humanitaria de Cozumel.


A la fecha he entregado en adopción a casi 50 gatos y gatitos de Cozumel, y nosotros tenemos siete gatos mexicanos. SI desean ver algunas fotografías exitosas, echen un vistazo a nuestra página facebook Royal Rescue & Wildlife Sanctuary. Todos están felices y sanos, y tienen hogares muy felices en Chicago donde son diariamente consentidos.

Photo Courtesy of Royal Rescue & Wildlife Sanctuary.


He comenzado una página Go Fund Me para adquirir una veterinaria quirúrgica móvil. Esto sería maravilloso para que la Sociedad Humanitaria pueda esterilizar y tratar tanto a pequeños como a grandes animales en todas las áreas de la Isla. Con lo único que ahora cuentan es una camioneta tipo pickup descompuesta, sin suministros médicos; así que por el momento tienen las manos atadas. Por favor abran sus corazones hacia ellos durante esta temporada navideña u consideren hacer un donativo para ayudar a todos los animales ahora y en el futuro en la bella Isla de Cozumel.


Diane Telander, Glen Ellyn, IL

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 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 weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, 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.

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