FANLAP Sterilization (Spay/Neuter) Campaign29-May-2021
On May 29, 2021 Baja Dogs La Paz and FANLAP (Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz) held a sterilization (spay/neuter) campaign for the dogs in the outlying community of Laguna Azul. FANLAP’s mission is “To provide basic support of food and education for children and adolescents from impoverished areas to give them the opportunity to complete their education and improve the quality of their lives” and has deep roots in this community.
The sterilization campaign started at 9:00 am and was finished by 3:30 pm. The team worked nonstop until the last dog and then took a lunch and refreshment break. Then post-clinic cleanup. It is a long day but well worth the effort.
The first step in this sterilization campaign began weeks in advance canvassing the community with one-on-one education about the importance of sterilization of their pets. So the work of Lupita Rojas from FANLAP was instrumental because she is well-known and trusted here. People in these impoverished communities love their pets, but have minimal resources. The clinic was held outside and the temperature reached 97 degrees Fahrenheit or 36 degrees Celcius and yet they came on foot walking their dogs. After surgery, as their dog started to awaken from the anesthesia, they carried it home in their arms. Two little boys brought their dog home in a wheelbarrow since it was too big for them to carry home.
In addition to helping with the recovery, Dr. Rebeca Kobelkowsky administered vaccines to anyone who brought their pet rabbits. The vaccines are provided by Centro de Salud for combatting the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Fever type II pandemic.
Fortunately in this community of Laguna Azul, FANLAP and its volunteers are known and trusted and the advance work prior to the clinic is what made the day of the clinic a success.
Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations for making this event a success:
- FANLAP for the use of their facility and Lupita Rojas for the pre-clinic work in the community;
- Fundación Astra for donating much needed antibiotics;
- Mario Galo Ramirez de Aguilar Azpiroz from Clínica Veterinaria El Centenario for donating medicines;
- Mila’s Mutts for the purchase of post-surgical pain medication;
- Dr. Fernando from Veterinaria Baja Pet’s for performing 26 sterilizations today;
- Maria Jose for checking in each dog and managing the intake of the campaign;
- Mauricio Hill for assisting Dr. Fernando;
- John Bott for photography
We look forward to doing more in this community. Your help and donations will make it possible.
As you look at the photo gallery below, you will see the dogs arriving, some being anesthetized in preparation for their surgery, some in recovery and their owners carrying them home.