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So I have to admit I have slacked off a bit.  We are failing miserably at our goal of spaying and neutering one animal in need for free each week. 

The first week was great – we found Negra, spayed her, returned her to her home and she is doing well.  The second week…well to be honest I was in Havana celebrating.  The third week I came back to an unusually busy week and no one brought me any needy animals.  I had time to do the surgery but not enough time to go find an appropriate animal and get him to the clinic.  This is where you come it.  Yes, I mean YOU. 

Just kidding.  But seriously though, I do need some help.  I am still willing and able to perform the surgery but I need help locating animals in need and getting them to the clinic.  The donation was offered to Saga Humane Society and was refused.  They are not assisting with locating animals in need or with transportation.  So if you can help – PLEASE DO!  Just give me a call if you know of an animal in need – 610-DOGS (3647).  We will go pick it up.  Or even better, bring the animal (if a stray) or the animal and owner (if it has one) to the clinic.  I do need consent from the owners of the animals and I like to discuss the procedure with them – risks, benefits, after care, etc.  I have two Spanish speakers on staff who can translate if needed. 



In an unusually exciting turn of events we have found what we think is the solution to the 60 animals in Sarteneja whose families are requesting spays and neuters but cannot afford it!

Manissa and I would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts Tracy and Dr. Newcomb from Operation Safe – a nonprofit spay and neuter group in the United States.  Thanks to their generosity, they will be donating their time, supplies, and skills to a large-scale spay and neuter clinic in Sarteneja in just one month!  Check out their website at

 The clinic will be March 9th-11th.  I am assisting with acquiring all the proper permits and licenses, and I will be the registered veterinarian taking responsibility.  I am also planning to volunteer one or two days of the clinic with whatever help is needed.  This is not a SPAF event and no SPAF money or donations will be used, other than to pay for Dr. Newcomb’s temporary veterinary license ($100).  San Pedro Animal Hospital and I, myself, will also receive no income as I am acting purely as a volunteer and coordinator of sorts for the event.  All supplies and pharmaceuticals will be donated by Operation Safe or other donors.  Each family will be expected to contribute $5 to $40 depending on their income and ability to pay, which will go towards paying the transportation costs for Tracy, Dr. Newcomb and myself.

The clinic will be a huge challenge in terms of the logistics as well as the conditions.  Often Sarteneja does not have water service or electricity, making a difficult job even more exhausting.  We are so grateful for Tracy and Dr. Newcomb’s generosity and sense of adventure!



The sky divers are back!  February is a month I look forward to in San Pedro because the town is swarming with sky divers.  If you get a chance you should get to know them – they always have interesting stories to tell and amazing pictures to share.  Their enthusiasm is contagious!

Today a generous group of female sky divers appeared in my clinic bearing gifts -a heavy plastic bag full of new collars and leashes.  I sent them over to Saga Humane Society with half of them and the other half I will deliver to Sarteneja next month.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness (as well as paying those annoying airline baggage fees) and I look forward to hopefully sky-diving tandem with you in the near future!  🙂

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