A total of 3,419 pets have been sterilized to date!
Baja Dogs La Paz, Inc., continued its sterilization campaigns throughout April, with a total of 223 pets sterilized during the month free of charge to local underserved La Paz area residents. That brings our total number of sterilizations to date to 3,419!
The first sterilization campaign was held on April 26th in El Centenario, at the library next to the new Parque El Centenario, with many thanks to Otton Arce of the Subdelegacion Municipal El Centenario, who arranged to donate the facilities for the campaign. 60 dogs were sterilized in a single day. Many residents from the El Centenario expat community, as well as local residents, came out to volunteer, helping to raise awareness in the community of this important effort. The impact was clear: volunteers saw firsthand how appreciated the sterilization campaigns are by the community, and expressed a strong desire to continue volunteering for future campaigns.
A second campaign was held on April 30th in the Colonia of Agua Escondida, where another 60 dogs were sterilized. A number of local high school students from Agua Escondida Community Telebachillerato #32 came out to volunteer at the campaign, helping with setup, organizing campaign attendees, and providing pre and post surgery care for the dogs. In addition, we held 3 “mini” campaigns throughout the month, where multiple dogs were sterilized at local community homes, and another 66 vouchers were given out for in-office surgeries to those who could not attend the campaigns.
We thank our veterinary partners, Dr. Mario and his team from Clínica Veterinaria El Centenario,and Dr. Fernando and his team from Baja Pet’s, for continuing to dedicate their time to perform the sterilization surgeries each month. And a big thank you to all of the volunteers who came out and made the campaigns a big success!
To understand how critical these campaigns are for the good of the community, we bring you this story from one of our campaign attendees:
“Very close to my house there is an orchard. I usually walk with my dogs among its trees. Recently, under the shadow of one of them, I found “Old”, a young Doberman nursing her pup. I approached her carefully, fearing that to protect her pup, she might try to attack. Nothing happened. “Old” just began to wag her tail and allowed herself to be stroked. I was surprised that they had abandoned her in that place and that she took care of a single puppy.