April 27, 2010
Spay Day 2010 Results
In February 2010, organizations around the world celebrated Spay Day by holding educational, fundraising or spay/neuter clinic events. They then reported the results of their efforts to HSI. Some included anecdotes that provoke laughter or tears, and all brought hope to the cause of ending pet overpopulation and homelessness.
Animal Help League
We would like to tell you about one miraculous rescue operation which took place this month. A ten-month-old dog whom we called Manjunja (meaning “a little tender dog”) was born near a church which is situated close to a tram stop. All her brothers and sisters died under the tram’s wheels and Manjunja was maimed—both of her back legs were cut by a tram. It happened when she was just a puppy and she managed to survive.
We saw this dog when people who live near the church called us and asked for help—the priest of the church and his wife didn’t want to see the dog around the church and banished her outside of the church gate. The poor dog didn’t have any place to go. We came there and picked her up, then took her to the veterinary clinic, where she was examined and spayed. She was a very intimidated and cowed dog. And it was not surprising! During all her life she felt only pain and people’s disdain. When we looked at her, our hearts were bleeding.
We did our best to find her a new home full of love and compassion as she really deserved it! And now Manjunja really lives in a friendly family where she is adored and beloved! The people who took her said that this dog is from God as she met with so many troubles and survived and didn’t lose her faith in humans! We cried when we looked at the photos of her in her new home. This proved that every life is necessary to fight for and that every creature which breathes has the right to live and live happily!
Help in Suffering
The activities undertaken for International Spay Day have thus shown at least two areas of the city in which we must re-concentrate our efforts to reduce the number of entire animals and increase the number sterilized; and we are already addressing this problem. Without the impetus of Spay Day. we would not have undertaken these surveys and thus would not be in a position to redirect our efforts to those areas of greatest need.
The evening of 15th February saw our holding kennels full, as cats and dogs who had been collected for their operations the next day were bedded down for the night. Very early on the 16th, our veterinary nurse left her sheep farm for the two-hour journey to join staff, volunteers and our caring vet on a busy day. All went smoothly, and by mid-afternoon 35 operations had been successfully completed. A few patients were then fetched by their owners, but most stayed the night in our clinic, to be returned home the next day.
Two patients who were fetched for home were "Toast" and "Marmalade," ginger feral kitties who now live a luxurious life on an alpaca farm. Their dad put them in a box and drove off with them, wondering why there was a good deal of growling in the box—maybe the after-effects of the anaesthetic, he thought. However when the box was opened at home, out popped "Marmalade" and out nearly popped "Not Toast!" At about the same time, during a routine cage check, we realised that “Toast” was still with us and another ginger cat was missing. Frantic phone calls resulted, and a swap was made halfway between alpaca farm and clinic. The correct gingers then went to their correct homes and "Toast" and Marmalade" can now live together “happily ever after!”
Animal Shelter Costa Rica (AHPPA)
Patience is required with people who have hard-held, misinformed ideas about neutering and spaying. This is something we experience often in the campos, or countryside of Costa Rica. For example, a gentleman shared his farm with 14 dogs, of which many females had given birth to several litters. This man had to be convinced that his male dogs would not become "sissies" and his female dogs would become better watch dogs. In the end, he allowed us to spay and neuter his dogs...
Gente por la Defensa Animal (GEPDA)
On Spay Day, Gente por la Defensa Animal, working together with Mexico City's Sports Institute, was glad to carry out a wonderful event at Paseo de la Reforma, a historically rich avenue of the city that has become a meeting point for families seeking to have a fun Sunday. The event was organized around the visit of Italian Cyclist/activist Davide Ulivieri who, as part of his tour Cycle for Strays, arrived in the city directly from Utah, U.S.A. With this project, Davide seeks to dignify stray dogs and cats around the world and their fight for survival, as well as to create awareness of their unfair situation and the many ways in which it can be prevented. The round-about surrounding the Angel de la Independencia, a well-known Mexican symbol, was the scene of the arrival of Davide and the cycling organizations who, along with GEPDA, took part in this valuable effort.
Dr. Shirley Hendrick, a vet from Holland, donated her time as she came to Lebanon for a week. Under an agreement with the Lebanese Veterinary Syndicate, Dr. Hendrick came to help spay and neuter stray cats and dogs, as well as work with local vets and vet students to share expertise and experiences.
The media in Lebanon has started to recognize that this is an issue the public cares about, and television crews, newspapers and radio stations covered our work. The Well Spring school invited Animals Lebanon to give a presentation about "Animal Welfare and Spaying/Neutering." In addition, thousands of flyers about spaying/neutering were distributed all over downtown Beirut along with awareness posters. Our Trap-Neuter-Release program was introduced just 18 months ago, but what at first seemed like a very strange idea to most Lebanese is now creating real change.
International Spay/Neuter Network
Dr. Cadogan, DVM went to one school on Spay Day to speak on veterinary medicine as a career (did two classes) and showed pictures from our spay clinics and spoke to the students about animal welfare and the importance of spay-neuter. One kid told his teacher he could never hurt a dog again after Dr. Cadogan's talk.
Because there are severe water restrictions in Jamaica right now, and most homes and businesses can only access water a few hours a day, we were unable to conduct our planned spay clinic but we were able to distrbute 200 vouchers to low-income pet owners to be used at a later time.
Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Early morning of February 12, 2010, people came to the PAWS shelter in Quezon City to have their dogs and cats neutered for free on a "first come, first served" basis. Seeing at least 70 people queueing in the shelter was a daunting sight, as the average number of clinic clients in a day was only six or seven. Five volunteer veterinarians led by our very own shelter veterinarian, Dr. Wilford Almoro, worked late into the night to finish all the animals. Many "clients" were "first-timers" in terms of spaying/neutering their pets and were very fearful that the procedure would not be safe. The procedure had to be patiently explained and people needed assurance that everything being done was nearly as routine as giving anti-rabies vaccinations in many advanced countries. Many people who received the flyers expressed surprise that even female dogs and cats could be "fixed." The closest Filipino translation for neutering—which is "kapon"—gives the wrong impression that this procedure is for males only. Still, PAWS is making headway in its efforts to educate people about the benefits of spay/neuter. Shortly after our February 12 Spay Day, PAWS received requests from the local governments of Mandaluyong, Antipolo and Bacoor for help in organizing their own "Spay Days."
The event was announced on two local radio stations and a local TV station filmed the trapping and neutering and did a small documentary about our work. It was a show about the importance of neutering, how to be a responsible pet owner, and animal abuse. We received many positive calls and emails from viewers after the show. It was an educational show that reached hundereds of people.
Our small team effectively spayed and neutered 206 animals during Spay Month and saving many precious lives. We safely released the neutered dogs back into their familiar environment, but some of them returned to the camp after growing attached to our team. A new BETA food station at the site will ensure they're always fed.
Local residents overwhelmingly supported our efforts and even helped catch difficult stray dogs for neutering. Some people in the region suggested we poison the strays instead of wasting our time, but most changed their mind with a bit of education on the subject. BETA is the first animal welfare organization to introduce the "Trap, Neuter, Release" method to Lebanon, and we see that people are slowly understanding and accepting the idea.
Apart from sending out a press release to motivate pet owners to spay/neuter their pets, Animal Nepal organised a workshop called "Humane and effective solutions to stray dog problems" for the staff of two municipalities and related government departments. The government bodies agreed to stop the poisoning of dogs and to include sterilization/anti-rabies effortsin the new year's budget. They suggested to start the work in one ward and make this a model area for dog and human welfare.
Sarnia & District SPCA
On Valentine's Day, February 14, we held a live TV telethon on our local cable station (TV Cogeco). People were able to call in pledges/donations during the four-hour period. We emphasized the need to spay/neuter pets, as Ontario has a pet overpopulation crisis. During the telethon, we showcased "success stories" (pre-recorded) where the new adoptive families talked about their adoption experience and stated how their pet was "fixed" as part of the adoption agreement. We also showcased eight animals who were currently up for adoption and explained that the fee would include spay/neuter. Not only did we talk about the overpopulation crisis, we also talked about the health risks associated with unaltered animals. We were fortunate enough to be on three local radio stations prior to the event to talk about our telethon. Our event raised approx. $10,400.00 and was a huge success. During the month of February, we had 54 adoptions, with all pets being spayed/neutered.
Trinidad & Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA)
TTSPCA & Animal Welfare Network believe that promotion of cat spays/neuters is extremely important, due to the large numbers of poison cases seen by both groups. Cat owners in Trinidad have traditionally allowed their cats to multiply (in the past they were viewed as mainly "ratters," and not pets), and because of this some people have too many cats to handle. The cats then roam and go into neighbors' yards, where poison is put down for them. If we can promote spay/neuter for cats, we can hopefully reduce the amount of cat poisonings that occur.
All Sato Rescue
We called the event Sato Rescue Awards 2009 and proceeded to open nominations for individual rescuers, rescue orgs, cooperating vets, lawyers that defended animal cruelty cases, and pet activists. More than 800 voted for their favorites. Trophies were donated and distributed.
More than a dozen helpers were anxious to contribute to the success of our Spay/Neuter event. The importance of an unrelenting spay/neuter campaign has been established and our biggest joy is providing sterelizations at low or no cost to needy families. It is also great to spay/neuter the dogs and cats we ourselves have rescued from beaches and roads making them ready for adoption. Our vet and three assistants set up three operating tables while the volunteers made sure the animals were lined up and later retrieved for recovery.
Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society
The Spay Day event was conducted in three communitie in the EAST end of Freetown.The poverty level of this are is very high. People live in slums with their pets. It was amazing to see a huge turnout for the event. "This was a great opportunity for many," said one of the residents. Two days before the actual event, we raised awareness using a megaphone. Children were following the education officer during his annoucement. They listened attentively, posing many questions. During Spay Day, children with their pets were organized to stay in a queue and waite for their turn. All animals presented received a rabies vaccination and certificate, warm treatment, sterilization, and a dog collar placed around the neck. Everybody left happy with request for us to come again. This is a sure way to control the stray population and rabies. Our challenges are huge due to people's low incomes. Most people can not afford a square meal a day. Care for animals is always compromised.
We decided to visit a slum area called Matumba near our local light aircraft airport, as dogs sometimes wander over there and are poisoned by the authorities because they can be a danger. There were not as many dogs as we expected and they turned out to be rather hard to catch! However, we brought in 10 females and some puppies for rehoming and we know where there are a few more females but we will go back with some sedation later on when we have time. The dogs are in amazingly good condition and hopefully with a stable population there will be enough food to go around and they will not stray over to Wilson airport.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The war conditions have pushed people away from solidarity with animals, and toward mass killing of puppies at birth. We try to limit the suffering using sterilization.
First we tried to educate the public about sterilization (general public and authorities). A large fraction of the public accepts the idea of sterilization. We went in to vaccinate house to house wherever people called us to come to.
Our mobile clinic is very poor in materials and medicines. As a result we could do only males because we don't have the equipment to do the females properly. We have the technicians but not the equipment.
We plan to sterilize approximately 4,000 animals.
The Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society
We held a Valentine's Day RockNRoll party which raised $5,300 for spay/neuter, and on "Wild Cat Wednesday" we neutered 22 male cats off site. Our spay/neuter MASH unit sterilized 32 dogs and six cats. We also held low-cost spay/neuter clinics three days a week, for a total of 326 animals sterilized in the month of February.
Spay Day 2010 was a historic and successful event in Panama because the Health Ministry of the Panamanian government was involved in promoting it. The group Los Angeles de los Animales was also really involved in the logistics, so this showed the true meaning of "Together, we can make a difference!"
It was an interesting event, as the people we told came with their pets to the NSPCA Shelter. It was the first of its kind here and we had to turn down of lots pets as the animals outnumbered what we had expected. I think with better planning and working with the community and government, we can impact positively animals' lives in Nigeria.
Japan Cat Network
Volunteers and government animal control staff stood in front of several train stations and shopping centers to pass out flyers explaining the benefits of spay/neuter. We also handed out magnets, as small reminders, showing pictures of rescued cats looking for homes.
The SPCA ran educational workshops in junior schools over the month to educate them on the welfare of domestic pets, which included mention of neutering/spaying. We also attended cat and dog shows, running educational workshops on spaying/neutering. We are presently working alongside the Dogs Trust on a five-year neutering campaign in Malta.
Department of Veterinary Medicine & Fish
Over the course of several days we held a dog walk, spay/neuter clinic for street animals, a spay/neuter training for our alumni veterinarians, and then a spay/neuter clinic for owned pets at a teaching hospital.
Tanzania Animal Welfare Society
The Spay Day 2010 program carried by TAWESO at Mpiji Magohe revealed a number of useful observations as follows:
- Still not many people see the need of sterilizing their pets; we still have a challenge of conducting pet responsible awareness education, in fact the area has many roaming dogs.
- The turnout from the community was higher than expected—whereas TAWESO had a forecast of 30 spay/neuter cases, we managed to go up to 33 cases.
- The health status of many dogs were poor, this is because of lack of food. This is to be expected when dealing with poor families.
- We noted with satisfaction that the people were very happy to be given the free spay/neuter service.
Fundación Vidanimal Cali. Colombia celebrated Spay Day with a modest ceremony of tribute and gratitude to Dr. Oscar Salazar in his clinic, “Zoomascotas,” on February 23. Dr. Salazar is one of the vets who has helped our foundation a lot, especially with sterilization surgeries. The doctor was informed in advance of our desire to promote surgical sterilization especially in February and therefore he offered to help us with 23 surgical surgeries performed at very low prices this month. Representatives delivered to Dr. Salazar and his team brochures about the importance of sterilization to be handed out to his customers. Dr. Salazar kindly offered to operate on more animals for the rest of the year at no charge or at very low prices.
Asociación Hondureña Protectora de los Animales y su Ambiente (AHPRA)
On that day, we collected signatures to support our petition and proposal for a municipal directive for the protection of animals that we will be presenting to the authorities of the municipality of the Central District in the coming months. Public response was positive, since all who visited our stand signed the petition and expressed the urgent need for our local authorities to punish animal cruelty and abuse as a first step to regulate animal protection in Honduras.
The distribution of literature regarding responsible ownership, and specially the information on pet spaying/neutering, raised much interest and was well received by the public, largely due to the fact that this was the first time that information on these important topics is printed and distributed in Honduras.
Grenada SPCA Animal Shelter Inc.
We spayed some animals at our shelter for Spay Day, but our big event will be held March 21-25 when we will be going over to our little sister Island of Carriacou, where we hope to spay/neuter 150 dogs and cats. We have a team of three vets, one from Australia, one from the US and one from Canada!
Protección Animal Ecuador Ambato
We offered a low-cost spay/neuter program for the whole month of February, made a couple of speeches about why is important for population control, and we distributed around 4000 flyers with spay/neuter information to tell the people about how important it is for animal and community welfare.
PEACE ran four spay and neuter clinics during the month of February in four towns in Nayarit. Our clinic is mobile. We work with the local communities and animal activists.
We let the local people know we would do free spay/neuter and some brought in their animals for the operation. We also went to a village where we sterilized as many dogs and cats as possible. We also talked to and showed the children how to treat their animals. All the villages were very happy, even though some thought it was cruel to neuter the male dogs, so we spent time talking about why we wanted to help the village to control the dog population. We will continue to follow up with education and a sterilization program.
We trapped feral cats at night and then released them at the same place two days later; then we did dogs at a separate location.
Romania Animal Rescue
We directly educated 200 people at the Spay Day 2010 event itself, but we also had media coverage (television, radio, newspaper), so many more citizens learned about the importance of spay/neuter in Craiova. In total, and we called February Spay Month in Craiova, RAR spayed/neutered 100 dogs and 10 cats in Craiova!
Highveld Ridge SPCA
We held an outreach day in a local township where the very poor and indigent people live. We dipped, powedered and treated animals for parasites. Sterilization of domestic pets was discussed and we will be returning to the area soon to collect animals for sterilization. Funding for sterilization will be raised.
On 22 and 23 February 2010 a two-day sterilization drive was held by Swellendam SPCA in Riviersonderend, a town some 60 kms from Swellendam, where there are no vets and many poor people with pets. While it falls outside our area of operation, we try to assist when possible by responding to emergency calls and sterilizing with outreach vets.
Educational pamphlets were handed out at our facility and events, and local vets assisted with our program.
The Super Spay Day was held at VETI MED office in Galati Romania. A number of female cats and dogs were sterilized for free for people with low income taking advantage of this social assistance program. Appointments for sterilizations are made until late March, which is a great response from the community and a safer future assured for animals, who will stop reproducing. We are planning to organize this excellent event every year from now on.
We held a Spay Day awareness event with public and media on the 27th of February. During the day we introduced the problem with help of a slide show. We discussed the basic problem of stray animals in the country and possible solutions for dogs and cats.
In celebration of the first our "Spay Day," we printed some posters promoting spaying/neutering of pets and distributed them in 15 veterinary clinics, as well as in local City Halls. On February 23th we also went on a wide-broadcasted radio show together with the President of the Lithuanian Association of Veterinary Doctor for Small Animals, discussing and advocating for the need for the "Spay Day" and the usefulness of neutering/spaying. In addition to that PIFAS volunteers organized an event at a shopping mall in capital of Lithuania where they distributed flyers on spaying/neutering and initiated discussions with the mall visitors. Eleven veterinary clinics agreed to join us in celebration of the "Spay Day" by registering the clients who expressed interest in spaying/neutering their pets, offering them 25 to 50 percent discount on those services. Finally, PIFAS volunteers also continued the efforts of the "Trap-Neuter-Release" program, neutering a total of 48 stray cats.
Coco's Cat Rescue
Spay Day 2010: Marathon Day Begins. Many didn't stop from 8am-3am! Between 8am-9am, 100 cats were checked in. What an unexpected, overwhelming and amazing response! But no one was deterred and the job was undertaken with determination. A record breaking 120 cats were spayed or neutered in one day! As if this wasn't enough, two rescue dogs were neutered too! Thirty-five of the cats were feral Trap Neuter Release. Because of the tireless overwhelming support of local veterinarians we were able to take these animals out of Playa's breeding pool.
American Samoa Humane Society
In conjunction with Animal Balance we held a two-week Spay and Neuter Clinic on the island of American Samoa. It was a very successful clinic and over 400 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered. We advertised the clinic in the newspaper along with a list of why it is beneficial to have a pet spayed or neutered. We also passed out flyers and asked for donations at a local grocery store during the clinic. Radio and tv announcements and interviews about the clinic were also conducted. All volunteers received a logo tshirt announcing our clinic motto "Spay or neuter your pet." We feel this clinic was very successful and look forward to having another in the next year.
Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau
During February BFAB raised money and awareness for spaying & neutering by:
1. Running four daily radio advertisements.
2. Placing weekly adviertisements in the daily newspapers.
3. Working with the Center of Philanthropy for a charity walk.
4. Having an information booth at the Bermuda Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show.
The neutering event ran smoothly, with eight volunteers from Animalviva! directly involved. Approximately 80 families in the local community, most who care for semi-domiciled animals received the invitation/education leaflet for the event and 35 vouchers were distributed to those families who responded. Seven street animals under the care of local animal protectors were also neutered.
The event was announced on the local radio station and as result Animalviva! received many calls and contacts requesting neutering vouchers.We have kept the owners' details for contact when we are able to run our next neutering event.
We took the opportunity when speaking with people to stress the need for fundraising and have had some response from local people making donations of craft work for a stall and offers of their time for fundraising events.
This was a very positive experience from a community with many problems in their lives.
The Humane Society of Puerto Rico Inc.
We developed different packages to promote the event. We distributed press releases related to overpopulation in Puerto Rico. We made promotional material: tshirts, bumper stickers, banners, flyers. We allowed local TV channels to tape one of our daily operations. We opened two Sundays during February.
It was another busy day of transporting cats, cages and all the other stuff necessary for setting up our event. The crowd in the afternoon was a bit slow due to the heat but we had a lot of interest from onlookers as the day got cooler. We had some engaging conversations with young kids about the responsibility of pet ownership. Many people who have taken in street animals approached us for more information on our low cost spay and neuter. It also was a lucky day for seven cats who were adopted and went home to loving families.
The Johannesburg SPCA targeted various informal settlements for our campaign. Due to educating the people in these communities, we are still recieving telephone calls regarding people who would like to have their animals sterilized. We would like to thank the various vets who helped us make this possible. We have saved numerous animals lives and we are proud to be part of this Spay Day initiative for the third year running.
We raised money by doing a bakesale, getting donations, selling tshirts, and then we had Purina match our goal of raising $5500 to spay and neuter 110 animals. We did a community walk on Saturday Feb 20th around the neighbourhood and booked appointments. We had press releases in the local newspapers. We also ran a series of Spay Day ads that we had companies sponsor. We also booked spays from callers who responded to our press release and advertisements.
We held talks and dabates on the importance of spay/neuter. We also contacted composition writing competition for pupils in 10 schools that run animal welfare science clubs. The winners were then rewarded.
We advertised the Spay Day campaign on our website on www.paarlspca.co.za under sterilisasie/projects. We also advertised in our local newspaper, The Paarl Post.
During February and March we held spay/neuter clinics where we sterilized animals for free. They were a great success.
On Spay Day we de-sexed 50 animals in three locations. The event culminated in the end of our free/ donation de-sexing caravan which de-sexed 304 animals over 4 1/2 weeks. During February we also de-sexed 65 animals through our client programs and another 150+ "shelter" animals that were later adopted. For all over February we de-sexed over 530 animals; mostly cats and dogs.
East London SPCA
We visited a number of schools to promote spaying and neutering and distributed literature and/or spay/neuter vouchers to the learners. We collected pets from disadvanted areas for spaying/neutering and educated the community on the benefits of sterilisation.
Fundación Spay Panama
In Panama, this was a historic and successful event, the Health Ministry of the Panamanian Government, the group Los Angeles de los Animales and Fundacion Spay/Panama coordinated our resources and efforts to sterilize 148 dogs and 22 cats.
Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) Centre
KAT's in-house vets organized, through their contacts, a week long Animal Birth Control (ABC) program at a discounted rate at private clinics. A stall was put in a busy and popular supermarket complex during the most busy hours. Posters about our Animal Birth Control program and a Spay Day Banner were placed at the venue. The visitors to the stall were briefed on spaying, the health and behavioral benefits and reasons for it by the KAT in-house vets.
Animal Rescue System Fund
For this Spay Day clinic, 200 cats were spayed/neutered in seven days. We provided spay/neuter services at a lower price and free Frontline for feral cats. We also offered free spay/neuter for cats in a low-income area from which the highest number of cats are brought to the pound in Kobe city.
Fund. Antonio Haghenbeck y de la Lama
We distributed flyers and held clinics near Mexico City.
Animal Kingdom Foundation
Several weeks before the event, we did leafleting and announcement through the public address system in several neighborhoods. Seminars on the benefits of neutering dogs and cats and responsible pet ownership were conducted at elementary schools. Also, the event was regularly announced by our supporters hosting the community radio and one major radio station. In the morning of the event, prior to the spay and neuter activity, we conducted a motorcade. Having convinced pet owners that their pets will not be in pain and in danger, they immediately brought their pets to the center to avail themselves of the free neutering service. The event was a success, most specially that the concept was new to the locals. Given all this, we will continue the educational seminars, widen the scope of the activity and promote spay/neuter aggressively.
Protección Animal Ecuador Quito
In order to promote Spay Day, we organized community mettings to explain about spay/neuter, played videos and organized talks at our vet clinic distribute flyers in some nieghborhoods. We also sent a newsletter and used our web site to promote the event.
Group Initiative for Animals
During our Spay Day, we offered free spay to stray animals or owned pets (if the owners could not afford the costs).
Society for the Protection of Animals Ljubimci
We organized Spay/Neuter week and we were giving out vouchers for free neutering. We also organized free spay/ neuter action for street animals in cooperation with the local vets and a local company. Spay/ neuter actions will be continued in the future, as our local municipality accepted our spay/ neuter policy and long-term plan. Our members took part in two TV interviews, we distributed leaflets about the need for and importance of spay/neuter, we visited two secondary schools and we held classes about the stray animal problem and how this problem could be solved through use of proper spay/ neuter programs and long-term plans.
MALIX PEK AC
Together with Coco's Cat Rescue and Peanut Pet Shelter, we organized a food drive at which we gathered 1000 kilos of dog food and $600 for dogs at an adoption fair. There, seven dogs were adopted and we handed out information on the importance of spay/neuter. We continue to do weekly spay/neuter with different veterinarians.
Esther Honey Foundation
The Esther Honey Foundation recruited 10 volunteers, including four vets, to travel to the Cook Islands during Spay Day™ events. These volunteers spayed/neutered 55 dogs and cats, and treated all for fleas and worms at no cost. Volunteers began the organization's annual census to confirm that the foundation's 15-year sterilization campaign has stabilized the island canine population, with 70 percent or more of the dogs having been spayed or neutered. The EHF team gave clinic tours, school and church presentations, created a spay/ neuter flyer that was distributed and posted at the EHF clinic, Saturday Market and at island businesses. The Cook Islands News published a Spay Day article reaching 2,000 subscribers and Cook Islands television carried three stories related to the importance of spay and neuter reaching the approximately 4,000 islanders with televisions, on three occasions. More than 4,550 unique visitors were reached via the organization's website and 200 on the Foundation's Facebook Page. Finally, the foundation entered a photo of Cook Islands Craig, in the HSUS/HSI Online Pet Photo Contest.
ARCA Fundacion Protectora de Animales
Once a month we have an adoption campaign; in January and February we promoted Spay Day through informative flyers. Furthermore we visited many radio and TV stations to talk about the importance of spay/neuter and our campaign.