In the last part of 2013, a community project, with the goal to alter 480 dogs in Cuenca and the surrounding communities, was formed. The Cuenca Municipality, CGA, Consejo Cantonal de Salud and the International Humane Society paid for this project.
The first clinic for this project was mid September. With the assistance of Happy Dogs in Cuenca (HDiC) Fundacion ARCA organized and operated each of the weekend clinics. HDiC assisted in coordinating volunteer aides from the expat community, ARCA as well as Veterinary students from the University of Cuenca.
All volunteers generously donated their time, practically every weekend day, during the latter part of 2013 for this worthy cause. Volunteers screened the patients before surgery, monitored vital signs, attended the recuperating patients, cleaned and sterilized surgical instruments, donated surgical cloths, released the patients to the owners with instructions and generally kept the clinic areas clean. The volunteer Fundacion ARCA Veterinarians performed surgery on the dogs using tiny incisions to encourage faster healing.
The veterinarians were able to operate on 30 to 40 dogs during each weekend day clinic. The final 2013 clinic for this project was held December 9th and 10th. The project will continue in the New Year until the project’s numbers of dogs have been surgically altered.
HDiC and Fundacion ARCA expect that the Cuenca Municipality and the other generous patrons listed above will continue with this spay and neuter project throughout 2014 as a benefit to the canton and surrounding areas. HDiC will continue to assist with volunteer coordination at these clinics.
With HDiC held clinics and the community clinics we are making a difference here in Cuenca.