Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spay and Neuter Clinic

I was just looking through the photo album for the last spay/neuter clinic, when 43 pets were spayed or neutered in one day. First, photos #102 and #117 should win some photo contest!! - in the first one, the little boy holding his puppy who has just been brought home from the clinic, sporting a new collar that I am sure is courtesy of Mayan Families, is just precious! Likewise the second one, with the two puppies nestled in a lady's arm, one pup with his paws wrapped around the other's neck. Priceless!

I also wanted to say, as an animal lover, former vet tech and having worked a lot in rescue, how incredible it is that Mayan Families and the veterinary staff can consistently pull this off every month. I mean, it's not just the 43 surgeries, but the pickup and drop off of the animals - not always so easy as the photos show ie some dogs having to be captured, some wearing muzzles, and one person's apparent bite wound - the dog food and collars given to the owners, wow! There is another photo of the vet or maybe vet tech with sweat pouring off his face and his scrubs soaking wet - that is hard work!

I still hope to plan a trip around a clinic sometime soon, but in the meantime I just wanted to say again how incredibly important this is not just to the animals (both to save them from horrible deaths by poisoning and the overpopulation issue) but to people, from a public health standpoint. Thanks to you and everyone connected with Mayan Families that make this possible. How I wish it were so in other parts of Guatemala!


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