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Our mission is to help dogs and cats subjected to indifference, abuse and abandon, and to prevent the animal overpopulation from which our Island suffers so greatly. This also includes working through educational presentations to create awareness in all people, regardless of age, about the importance of respect for our animals.
Colitas Sonrientes is a grassroots organization that works as a network of animal rescuers, and caregivers (foster homes), but also provides assistance to other animal welfare groups. Working principally through social media and special events, the organization's donation‐based funds are used to purchase food and provide veterinary care to animals in need.
The organization has received recognition for its efforts by state and city governments. The Ponce city government has recognized Colitas Sonrientes and its volunteers on 4 different occasions. The state House of Representatives officially recognized and congratulated the entity in 2016. In addition, Colitas Sonrientes has received awards from the Junior Chamber of Commerce International and the Rotary Club. Furthermore, it has won the Citizens’ Choice award for Solidarity (determined by individual votes from the general public) offered by the Miranda Foundation two years in a row