Spay and Neuter Project Final Report
Posted by Jeanne on April 7, 2016, 7:13 pm
Finally we’re done! How we’ve been waiting to say those words! Since everyone has been waiting so long to find out what has happened with the money donated to the Spay and Neuter Program, here is that report. After the fundraiser at Figaro’s, we netted $42,950p after expenses. Norma began the first phase of the project and in four weeks was able to complete 47 animals. Additional expenses were gasoline reimbursement for Norma’s car, antibiotics, flea and tick medicine, and worm medicine, for a total cost of $29,030p. Well done, Phase Norma! As we began the second phase of the project, we had $13,920p remaining. In four weeks, Lisa and I were able to complete 46 animals. Additional expenses were medicines—Ivomec, a flea and tick and parasite combination med recommended by Beto, and a mange medicine, and money to make announcements around town to let the community know about the service. In addition, some pet owners chose to take their own animals in for surgery, waiting for nursing moms to wean their pups, health to improve, etc. Those owners have vouchers to redeem at the vet at some point before the end of the month, which will bring the total for Phase 2 to 52 animals. Both phases combined served 99 animals here in La Manzanilla! Our original goal was to serve 100 animals, and it seems we fell short by one, but wait! There was a cancellation on the final day, so we put that money on account at Beto’s. If another dog needs sterilization surgery before the end of the month, Beto is paid ahead, and we will have met our goal! If no animal materializes, we will use that money as a donation to Pro Animal Melaque, who were an enormous help to us, completing 7 surgeries for us in their clinic run by vets from Autlan. I want to take a moment to thank all the people who helped make this happen. David Strand, Lyn and Randy Parker/Pearce, Valerie Denford, and John Immelman were tireless--no pun intended—as drivers to and from Melaque and Barra. Thank you so much! We couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to Esmeralda, secretary at the Delagación, who served as a liaison, taking names and addresses of people and directing us to their homes. Thanks, too, to all the people who loaned us carriers: Judy, Val, Nancy, Kate, Peggy, Debbie, Marcia, Brenda and Lynne. Invaluable! Finally, thanks to all of you who donated money to this worthy cause. We realize that 99 (100!) dogs are nowhere near as many as Cisco’s Amigos is able to do in one clinic, but with your generous donations of time, materials, and cash, we were able to make a difference. It takes a community! Thank you all so much! And Julie—hurry back!