S.O.S el Arca A.C. operates a shelter for abandoned and abused street dogs of Playa del Carmen; it is a nonprofit, nongovernment organization with the goal to control the stray dog population through sterilization and education.

As a nonprofit SOS el Arca is funded entirely by public donations, it depends on your generous donations to help care for a maximum number of rescued dogs in our city and find them new forever homes.

Your support is vital if we are to make a lasting difference to animals’ lives. Your gift today – whatever sum you choose to give – will help us save animals from suffering and give them the treatment and care they need. Make your donations in USD Dollars, or in pesos, below. All your Donations as a subscriber and Sponsor are secure payments and verified by PayPal.

You can also make a direct deposit with the information below or contact us for other donation methods.

Deposit or National Bank Transfer:
S.O.S El Arca.
Bank Account: 92-00167752-7
Brand: Santander
Transfer Key: 014694920016775270

International Bank Transfer:
Bank: Banco Santander (Mexico) S.A.
Beneficiary: S.O.S EL ARCA A.C.
Code BIC (or Bank): 014694920016775270
Account Number 92-00167752-7

OXXO Store Donations
S.O.S El Arca.
Bank Account: 4913-2700-0031-6692
Bank: Santander

Other ways you can help!


Sponsor a dog.

You can make a monthly donation that will be restricted to the care a furry pal of your choosing until they are adopted. Every 2 months we’ll let you know how your donation is helping your pal. Browse the picture gallery of rescue animals currently at SOS El Arca and click sponsor to start supporting a special rescue animal today.

Other necessities

The shelter is in constant need of food, certain medical supplies, or other day to day necessities to keep running. We need your support to give abandoned and abused animals a second chance.
Donate necessities


All are welcome to help with dog walking, bathing, shelter maintenance and other daily tasks. We also welcome any volunteers with special skills like accounting, marketing, fundraising, etc.