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Sunday, 6 January 2013

2012 Fall Spay/Neuter Clinics (Highlights)

Isla del Sur Varadero Clinic

On September 22, 2012 a spay/neuter campaign was organized. A lady Named Alberta opened her house to our small team of three veterinarians and their helpers. Over 20 animals were spayed/neutered on that day including several cats trapped the day before.

Patients waiting for surgery

Dr. Slavik Zenkov spaying a cat

The Spanky Project TNR Cats Clinic in Havana

At the end of October 2012, the Spanky Project organized a week clinic for the feral cats in Havana. Hundreds of animals were fixed. APAC-Varadero helped by lending several carries. Dr. Slavik Zenkov and Dr. Hanoi Dominguez performed surgeries on several animals. It was a very successful event that we were very proud to be part of.

One of many colonies in Havana

Black cats are the last ones to be adopted...
Madruga Campaign (Mayabeque Province) November 10, 2012

Madruga is a land-locked place between Havana and Matanzas, away from the heavy tourists traffic. The campaign was organized with the participation of the Agrarian University of Havana. We met several familiar faces of young students who also volunteered at the Spanky Project TNR for cats in Havana - just a few weeks before. Almost 40 animals were spayed or neutered. It was a great day - seeing so many young people involved, and willing to help their country, was very inspiring.

Students - volunteers from Agrarian University of Havana

Cardenas Clinic, December 1, 2012

Another spay-neuter clinic took place in our 'home' town of Cardenas. Once again, the city's clinic opened its doors for our team of volunteers. The response from the community was great and many people came to take advantage of the free surgery. Each fixed animal, many running free on the streets of Cardenas, translates into hundreds of homeless puppies and kittens being born to short and cruel lives. Here are few pictures for this campaign:

Boca de Camarioca Clinic, December 15, 2012

It was a small, ad hoc clinic with Dr. Slavik Zenkov as the only operating surgeon. The village is located between Varadero town and the International Airport but has no veterinary service and a large population of homeless animals. Dr. Slavik went there to help, and performed several surgeries. He is planning to come back with a bigger, planned ahead campaign - in 2013.

"One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something." - Henry David Thoreau