A year of record breaking sterilization success!
SPCA International and Spay Panama continued their fifth year of partnership in 2015 and celebrated Spay Panama’s amazing milestone when they reached 100,000 spay and neuters in October. In November, SPCAI and Spay Panama teamed up to break another record—1,637 sterilizations in one week-long event. The Spay Panama team has a passion for life changing sterilization surgeries and their stalwart dedication to their mission is setting a high standard for countries struggling with animal overpopulation across the globe.
“On behalf of the less fortunate animals in Panama, thank you very much for your generous donation of veterinary supplies. The gloves, face masks, antibiotic, topical cream, eye drops, ultrasound gel, syringes, etc. will benefit thousands of animals. We are feeling blessed.” - Pat Chan, Spay Panama Founder
Doing a lot with a little
El Santuario de Animales is a unique and dedicated group of animal activists outside San Salvador, El Salvador. Founded in 2009, this group is dedicated to rehabilitating abused and abandoned animals, combating overpopulation with spay and neuter and placing their furry fellas in loving, forever homes.
They believe compassionate activism will leave a lasting mark on the planet and its human and animal inhabitants. As such, they are dedicated to public education, free veterinary care, sterilization campaigns and vaccinating. This devoted group provides a place of refuge and hope for the animals in their care. Through SPCA International’s veterinary supply aid donations, they are able to serve more animals in their community and make a greater impact.
Providing monthly spay and neuter clinics for the community
Animal AWARE is the largest non-profit, nongovernmental animal shelter in Central America (outside Mexico). They are dedicated to the rescue and welfare of abandoned and abused animals. Founded in 1998, AWARE has grown to be an essential safe haven for animals in the impoverished communities it serves. Nestled in the hills above Guatemala City, the AWARE staff and volunteers enjoy hiking up and down their steep terrain with the animals in their care. AWARE is an excellent example of a shelter that’s doing a lot with a small budget and limited resources.
With the veterinary supplies and financial grants provided by SPCA International, AWARE was able to help over 1,500 animals in Guatemala in 2015 including the animals who call AWARE home and hundreds of animals they serve during their monthly low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
Equine care and education clinics reduce animal suffering
In a part of the world where clean running water is miles away from villages and homes, donkeys are used to fetch clean water from water points in the nearby mountains. The donkeys carry heavy jerry cans strapped across their backs with thin rope and no padding, or they pull carts that cause terrible wounds as they bump against their hindquarters on the way down the mountain. But even after these wounds open – the people have no choice but to keep that donkey going up and down the mountain for water every day.
In partnership with SPCAI, Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) provides veterinary care to these donkeys, educates their human caretakers to help prevent these injuries, encourages humane care and improves donkey lifespans in the region. TAWESO also runs veterinary clinics for dogs and cats in the area; providing countless life-saving surgeries and vaccinations against rabies and other prevalent diseases each year.
Caring for the terribly injured and abandoned
This incredible partner in the Dominican Republic, which shares a similar name as SPCAI, Sociedad Protectora de Animals Internacional, is responsible for rescuing and treating hundreds of animals from the streets in conditions of neglect, sickness or severe injury. The animal over population in the Dominican Republic results in many dogs and cats being hit by cars or brutally abused. The images this organization shares with SPCAI can be terribly heartbreaking and show suffering beyond measure.
This amazing group cares for dogs, cats and more than 45 horses. They run sterilization clinics, treat the sick and injured, feed the needy and work to educate the public about humane animal treatment. They report that the veterinary supply aid they receive from SPCAI helps them improve the quality of veterinary care they can provide, increases access to care in their area and increases the likelihood that people in their community will seek veterinary care for animals in need.
Developing a new partnership in Nepal
The Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) Centre works tirelessly to help animals in need and has set an impressive goal of totally eliminating cruelty to animals in their city. Before KAT’s existence, the Kathmandu Municipality was known for poisoning more than 10,000 dogs a year as a method of population control and their toxic, decomposing bodies were often dumped in the rivers that are the city’s main water supply.
KAT Centre partnered with authorities to provide a human and effective alternative: a persistent, proactive animal sterilization program. Since it’s founding KAT has sterilized more than 19,000 street dogs, vaccinated over 27,000 dogs against rabies and treated 8,500 sick stray dogs and cats in Kathmandu. In 2015, SPCA International sent KAT Centre a test shipment of veterinary supply aid and financial aid to launch what we hope is the beginning of a long partnership in support of their incredible work.
Romania: Hell on earth for dogs and cats
A majority of Romanian citizens fear the ever increasing population of homeless street animals and blame them for the spread of human illness and fabled dog attacks. Spurred by this fear and the government’s poor management, Romanian citizens have responded by brutalizing and killing homeless dogs by the thousands. The Romanian government has responded to the overpopulation by ordering inhumane mass killings and creating pounds that are literal death traps.
In the face of all this brutality and death, one amazing organization—Dog Rescue Romania—is standing up for animals day in and day out. With the help of SPCAI veterinary supplies and financial support, Dog Rescue Romania is hard at work saving lives, treating the sick, feeding the hungry, running sterilization clinics and working with local governments to improve the operation of local pounds. Their team’s dedication, ingenuity and deep compassion is a strong beacon of hope in terrible place and time.
Saving flood and drought affected animals
Year after year terrible flooding and drought affects hundreds of thousands of people and animals in Pakistan, and the Ravi Foundation continues to be one of the only regional organizations serving animals when these disasters strike. Ravi Foundation is able to provide food and medical care to livestock and working animals during disaster, without which many animals would perish. This unique and innovative organization is constantly working to secure the funding and supplies needed before another disaster strikes.
With help from SPCAI, Ravi Foundation is able to send medicine and supplies to their local veterinary hospital for flood and drought affected animals. Their work not only helps the animals of the region, but also the families that rely on their livestock for milk and income. Ravi Foundation is also dedicated to humane animal education and the betterment of the stray dog and cat populations that surround them.
Making spay and neuter available to all
Like too many countries around the world, street animal populations in the Philippines multiply unchecked resulting in endless suffering for unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. The animal mothers often have little or no food to help them produce the milk they need to help their babies grow and the overpopulation problem causes human residents anger and frustration, which is often taken out on the innocent animals instead of directed in a meaningful way.
CARA Welfare Philippines is dedicated to making spay and neuter available to all pet parents as well as promoting the trap, neuter and return (TNR) population control strategy. In countries where animal sterilization is not common, it can take years of repeated education to change the negative stigma about spay and neuter. SPCAI’s support helps CARA provide low cost spay and neuter and serves the animal population in their care.