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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: Developing effective leaders in animal advocacy and assisting them with helping animals.

Programs: Promoted public awareness of animal rights and welfare and continued to educate and facilitate the altering of pets in response to the pet population crises in the usa.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian's Dream and its executive director Esther Mechler should be credited with turning Maine into almost a "no kill" state. Because of Marian's Dream's spay/neuter advocacy, encouragement and working with individuals and groups, Sharon Secovich and Susan Hall started a state-wide state funded spay/neuter program. This led to a snowball effect of greater awareness of the benefits of spay/neuter in Maine. We now have several low cost clinics and spay/neuter programs in most parts of the state. Our euthanasia rate has plummeted to the point where we are just about no kill. None of it would have happened without Marian's Dream and Esther Mechler.
Susan Hall
Spay Maine

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian's Dream has been working for several years to have the veterinary establishment endorse a "Fix by Five" policy for cats. They recently succeeded and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) now endorses this policy. In addition to the AVMA eight other national organizations now recommend that cats be spayed/neutered as early as five months of age.

This will prevent the birth of thousands of unwanted kittens and will save countless lives! Organizations endorsing "Fix by Five" include the American Veterinary Medical Associations, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, Winn Foundation, Catalyst Council, Cat Fancier’s Association, and the International Cat Association.

Marian's dream needs your support so it can continue its work on spay/neuter and other animal welfare issues!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian's Dream has had a huge impact on reducing the suffering caused by pet overpopulation. My small not for profit, which provides low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, has repeatedly reached out to Marian's Dream for guidance. Esther Mechler is always happy to help and has been an ongoing mentor to my organization. The work that Marian's Dream has done has been vital to making a difference in reducing the suffering of cats and dogs that are unwanted and ultimately euthanized. I strongly support the work that Marian's Dream does. Lisa Wysocki, Fido Fixers Inc.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To Whom It May Concern:

Marian's Dream is an amazing benefactor for many organizations not only in the USA but in other countries as well. I have been fortunate to know Esther Mechler for many years and she was instrumental in starting The McKee Project in Costa Rica, Spay Panama & Spay Mexico. I am the director of Spay Mexico and we completed over 17,000 surgeries across Mexico last year. Additionally, we intend to complete over 20,000 surgeries for 2017.

Esther is the founder of Spay USA and have been a guiding force for many spay/neuter organizations. Marian's Dream continues to coordinate and support Spay/Neuter organizations and is at the leading edge of the spay/neuter movement. if you want to solve pet overpopulation - spay/neuter! www.SpayMexico.org

Board Member

Rating: 5

To Whom it May Concern,

I have been fortunate to work with and be supported by Marian's Dream for many years. Esther Mechler with Marian"s Dream is the founder of Spay USA and instrumental in the beginnings of Spay Panama, The McKee Project in Costa Rica as well as the project that I currently run, Spay Mexico. It is amazing when someone understands the solution to the number one cause of death in companion animals: "Pet Over-Population. Accordingly, we are very involved across Mexico to solve this problem with Spay/Neuter.

We are teaching high speed, low cost, safe "Quick Spay" surgery techniques to surgeons in Mexico. Last year we were able to report over 17,000 surgeries from our teams of veterinarians. This year it looks like we will report over 20,000 surgeries and our current goal is: Fixing pet-overpopulation - One Surgeon At A Time! www.SpayMexico.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marian's dream is one of the best and most effective non-profits I know of devoted to ending pet overpopulation. Their founder, Esther Mechler, has been promoting the most innovative and best ways to spay and neuter cats en mass along with public education, and she is a master at networking stakeholders and publicizing the best models. She has been promoting early spay and neuter strategies with much success for many years. Given her credibility and persistent efforts, more and more vets and community spay programs are now utilizing this practice. When it comes to getting down in the trenches and really doing something about pet overpopulation, Marian's Dream is a true leader. My work protecting wildlife is closely tied to reducing cat numbers and impact -- and for that reason I have appreciated the work Marian's Dream does all the more!
Laura Simon


Rating: 5

As the founder of Spay Mexico - i have been guided by Esther Mechler for many years. It has been the most rewarding supportive relationship imaginable. Currently we are expanding across Mexico to teach high speed, safe, low cost Quick Spay techniques to hundreds of veterinarians. For any project to succeed we have found it takes:

A great project
Great people
A little money

Marian's Dream has been key in our success!

If you want to make a difference - please donate to Marian's Dream - it is dedicated to solving the pet-overpopulation through spay/neuter.

Warmest regards,

Craig H. Neilson


Client Served

Rating: 5

The Marian Rosenthal Foundation is true to their purpose and beliefs. They are the guiding light to grass-roots organization all over the world (SpayPanama is located in the Republic of Panama). They encourage us to believe in ourselves, that yes we can create and support programs to end pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters. Thank you Marian’s Dream, you gave us the courage and the strength to spay/neuter over 100,000 animals.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked to prevent cats and dogs from being needlessly put to death in shelters for more than twenty years. Much progress has been made during that time, largely through the work of Marian's Dream and other foundations that have provided funding for small, grassroots organizations in areas where the greatest number of animals are dying.
Over the years, Marian's Dream has fought well above its weight, saving more lives than many larger organizations and foundations, by providing funding for well-informed public awareness campaigns often overlooked by other funders, like its current Beat the Heat campaign. At the same time, it has undertaken strategic projects to organize and support a new generation of leaders by sponsoring annual retreats for shelter overpopulation activists from more than two dozen states.
As the editor of Animal People commented recently, the founder of Marian's Dream, Esther Mechler has been an animal advocate for forty years and has founded or helped to found nine organizations of national prominence eight of which either still exist or have active descendants. Marian's Dream gets things done because Esther Mechler gets things done.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of knowing and working with Esther Mechler of Marian's Dream over the course of close to 3 decades. Esther is committed to her work and has made significant strides in educating and helping animals across the world. I strongly recommend Esther and am proud to have been able to work with and learn from her. Marian's Dream is an organization that gives so much hope to the plight of animals by focussing on reducing population and educating.