Spay Marathon Feb 23 and 24 in Los Trigales area of Cuenca
I hope that all of you are off to a wonderful, happy and healthy 2013.
All of the festivities were wonderful and a lot of fun here in Cuenca. Now they are all over and it’s time to get back to work.
Last year getting the dogs to the clinic was labor intensive. We used a private vehicle for transport. No need to mention the messes that were made in the car. This worked to get many animals to the clinic for spay or neuter but certainly was not the most efficient way. So I have spent the past 3 months raising funds to take the clinic to the animals where they live.
I am very happy to announce that HAPPY DOGS IN CUENCA is having its first spay marathon. It will be for 2 days and we will be doing female dogs and cats. We have received donations to do 50…yes FIFTY dogs and cats…woo hoo. This is the first time we are TAKING the clinic TO the animals. Space is organized for February 23 & 24 in the Los Triagles area.
This entire project would not work without all the volunteers. The day prior to surgery volunteers will drive all the equipment to Los Trigales. Then we will clean the premises to set up the different stations.
Reception: The animal’s history is taken
Pre/Op: The animal will be given an injection to make it drowsy. Then the surgical site will be shaven and one of the Vets will insert the IV.
Surgery: The surgery itself takes less than 10 minutes and the incision is as small as an index finger.
Tattoo Station: One of the volunteers will tattoo the ear of the animal.
Post Op: A vet will monitor the animal, administer a slow release antibiotic , pain medication and rabies vaccine. One or two volunteers will be snuggling and comforting the animals.
Release: Instructions will be given for post op care. Some basic animal welfare information will be given regarding proper feeding, shelter, etc.
Then there are the volunteers that clean up doggie messes, wash the instruments to get them ready for sterilization, and help out wherever needed.
At the end of the day we all feel great satisfaction of having helped some dogs and cats. We go home exhausted but with a smile in our hearts.