Edgardo Ziga travels around Mexico on a cargo trike, rescuing stray and abandoned dogs while working to increase public awareness about animal mistreatment.
Since the start of his adventure on July 17, 2013, he has traveled over half of the nation in search of dogs that are abandoned and wander the streets and highways.
The journey has led him, accompanied by the 14 dogs who have become his traveling companions, to the Mexican state of Chiapas, on the southeast border with Guatemala.
He travels day and night, wearing clothing that the same people give him along the way, with a goal in mind: to improve the lives of these creatures, who are regularly hurt or overlooked by people.
Edgardo, 48, a native of the state of Nayarit in western Mexico, sees his trek as a sacrifice and a way to make a point about society.
He tells Efe that “dogs from all across Mexico join me, dogs that no one adopts, dogs who are loitering (on the street).
Due to the fact that they “teach others (to have) nobility, to trust people,” these canines are now a part of the “dog rescue squad.”
In the states of Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Campeche, Tabasco, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo, the animal activist has saved over 400 dogs since starting his tour.
In order to endure inclement weather, such as rain and sun, the “dog person” carries food, drink, shoes, and clothing on his bike, drawing attention from onlookers.
Similar to how it aids its honorable companions, it delivers a variety of cures.
It is currently traveling through the towns of Huixtla and Tapachula in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, where it will pick up more dogs to adopt and care for in order to improve their quality of life.
After that, you will continue on your adventure to the town of Puerto Madero on the Chiapas coast, where you will stop for a few days and allow the dogs some time to rest.
“A mission to take people’s consciousness,” is how Edgardo characterizes his path.
He says all he wants is for people to understand what these loving creatures can do for people.
He sets off on his voyage with the intention of saving the dogs, but he also acts as a middleman, arranging for the release of some of his fellow rescued animals.
The activist claims that while dogs “are full of love and protection, we must likewise take care of them.”
The Samaritan complains that it was challenging to go to the south of the nation, where he has been warmly welcomed.
It will pass through a number of provinces in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero after traveling along the Chiapas coast.
He continued, “It’s a project where I go all around Mexico helping dogs.
At least 15 Mexican states, including the Federal District of Mexico, Guanajuato, Jalisco, and Michoacán, forbid cruelty to animals.
Edgardo suggests fostering a culture of respect for animals among the populace and increasing awareness to stop maltreatment from happening.