We just finished a spay and neuter clinic on the island. It was great. Our goal was sixty or seventy animals and we did one hundred and two. How cool is that.
Above is our check in crew and then Bonnie, the boss, multi-tasking. We had two operating tables, one for Delfino and one for Arturo, who has a clinic in Cancun and came to work all three days.
We had tons of volunteers, Umberto did the drugs, and lunches were donated by Lolo Valentino’s, Jax, and Barlitos. Needless to say, we ate very well.
Here are some of the cuties that were brought to the clinic. It was a great three days and there will be more to come soon. Many of the supplies that we used were left over from our Cancun clinic that was funded by Jennifer Pryor and George Lopez.
Wow, I love the spay and neuter clinics. But the supplies I could do without. Before the clinic they fill up my house and then after the clinic they fill up my house but they smell bad. I just keep sorting and sorting and Jeff looks at me like, “are we a kennel or a house?” At the moment we look more like a kennel inside the house and outside the house.
Our final count on puppies is 41. One of them died of parvo and we’re doing the best we can to keep it from spreading. We’re watching everyone like a hawk. Then Pepe brought us this gorgeous poodle who had his eye removed after a big dog bit him. He was here one night before we found him the most wonderful home.And the puppy in the bowl, who can resist a puppy in a bowl.
What a magnificent week we’ve had. Bonfil, Cancun, near the airport where the street dog population is heartbreaking. Candi, Isla Animals and Planned Pethood did a 5 day clinic. We spayed and neutered 1,574 cats and dogs. I still can’t believe it. What a team. Everyone from Canada, the USA, different parts of Mexico, and Cuba came together to make this happen. The impact on this area will be incredible.
As usual, we don’t put puppies back in the street so Isla Animals brought home 29 pups. We only took the ones that needed help or were too young to adopt out. The rest were adopted out the last day of the clinic with the help of local animal rescue groups who helped with the clinic.
Do you know how long it takes to vaccinate and deworm that many puppies.
Mini is such a special pup. We were doing a one day spay and neuter clinic in the Guatalupana which is a very poor section of Isla Mujeres. I spotted a group of children running around with two pups that looked in awful shape so I asked them about it. They told me that their dog had eight pups but only two had survived. Mini was the smallest. They let me take them home for some TLC. I didn’t think Mini would make it through that first night. But she did. She’s had a rough beginning but is doing much better. The other pup went back to the family that owned the mother but Mini is staying here.
A wonderful family visiting the island came to the house to walk dogs everyday. They fell in love with Mini. Unfortunately when it was time for them to go Mini was not well enough to travel. She is now. So we are looking for anyone traveling to Chicago or Cincinnati, or Cleveland, or anywhere in that area that would like to take Mini with them. She’s tiny and will fit in a soft pack that goes under the seat in front. We would do everything, pay everything and take whoever can do it to the airport. Time is the problem right now, as it gets warmer fewer airlines will fly animals. So let us know if you can help. Contact me at email@example.com. Lets cross our finger.
We just finished our three day mobile clinic on Isla Mujeres. It was great. We set up in central locations in three different neighborhoods. The owners could bring their animals, they could watch, help out, stay with their cats or dogs the entire time. That way it’s an education as well as a sterilization.
We had incredible volunteers, they showed up early and stayed late. The second day we were lucky enough to be in Laura and Alan’s garden for recovery.
The third day we were in the Kiosk in La Gloria, there was a breeze, lots of animals and everything went so well. Thirty nine cats and dogs, lots of producing moms and we can’t wait to do it again.
The last picture is of one of the puppies we picked up at the dump.
Big news, Just-in went to Edmonton yesterday where he can get proper care for his eyes and have tests for his hearing. Note our wonderful vet in the front seat.
We are all getting ready for two clinics. First there is one on Isla Mujeres, April 13, 14, and 15. We are taking the clinic into the neighborhoods. It’s less stressful for the animals and more informative for the owners. We’ll do less animals but reach more people. Then we are heading to Corales in Cancun on April 24, for a clinic April 25-29. For Candi International and Isla Animals this is the second clinic in this location. Below, Laura and Alan are helping me stuff packs for surgery and we are so lucky to get more supplies donated.
My web page blog thing hasn’t been working but it’s back. Now there is so much to tell. First the spay and neuter clinic at the Guatalupana was a huge success. One of the highlights was that Pepe (the vet) and I arrived half an hour late. What a wonderful surprise we had. I had asked three people to volunteer, there were eight people there waiting. Plus the people that live there had set up a check in stand and were already registering animals. It was one of those moments that make it all worth it.
The kids were really interested in everything that was going on.
It’s a great week for Isla Mujeres. Peace, Clinica Chippie and Isla Animals are sponsoring a five day spay and neuter clinic. We have great volunteers and go from 8am to 7pm at night. We’re also so lucky to have wonderful Lynn back, our visiting vet. This may actually be her fourth clinic on the island.
This is how we set up for all our special cats and dogs.
And this is how it looks in recovery after surgery and where our skilled volunteers take care of the animals.
More to come, I’m heading back to the clinic now.
Our nights are pretty noisy these days. It’s just the way things are set up and of course the addition of a few hound dogs doesn’t help. The whole thing is a funny chain of events. We have tons of growing puppies in the courtyard of our house which is right below our bedroom. Well these little cuties can’t make it through the night without more food, or more room, or less poop, or more water, they always find some excuse to wake us up at two am each morning.
So I go down to see what’s up. When the lights go on the outside dogs start to bark which wakes up the basset hounds which spreads around the idea that she’s in heat, which gets all the male dogs up. Then the male basset hound gets all annoyed and thinks his girl friend is flirting so he starts to howl and then she beats him up which makes all the dogs go nuts.
Luckily we are having a spay and neuter clinic next week and we will remove all of the body parts that cause these problems.
People often ask me where all my dogs come from, how do I get so many. Well this morning is a good example of just how some dogs come my way. This little fellow was tied to our gate and abandoned some time in the night.
Poor little thing was terrified. We brought him in and he’s playing with the older puppies now. We’ll give him today to get used to the place and then vaccinate and de-worm him. Luckily we’re having a five day spay and neuter clinic on the island starting January 17, he’ll be first in line.
What I mean by ‘better than it used to be’ is——when we first came to the island ten years ago, if someone didn’t want their dog any more they would simply kick the dog out into the street, or take him to the dump or take him to the other end of the island and leave him there. For me, when they tie the dog to our gate it says that they cared enough to abandone the animal where they know he’ll be safe. That has to be an improvement.