Many things have happened in these months since we last reported, so get ready to read and see some pictures. The first biiiiiig news that I want to share with you even though many of you may already know, but I can’t get enough of sharing it: our lovely Bimbi finished first in the Global Giving worldwide Photo Contest! (We’re still ecstatic!). We competed against pictures from different projects around the world. I know this report is not only read by our project donors, but also by ALL people who voted for Bimbi’s picture, so I want to take this opportunity to say again THANK YOU...
Indeed, thanks to Bimbi and to you, Global Giving gave FRAD a prize of USD$1,000. Additionally, our project was featured on Global Giving’s home page for a full day. That in turn, helped us increase our visibility and resulted in our project receiving big donations from people I don’t know, but already love!
Let’s go down to business…
100 animals spayed and neutered
With the USD$1,000 received from Global Giving’s photo contest, we organized a free spay/neuter campaign for dogs and cats in Cartagena. We received amazing support from the UDCA (University of Applied Sciences) and several of its students who will soon be veterinarians. I can’t imagine this campaign without their support. They were so great with us. In two days, we spayed and neutered 29 dogs and 71 cats, most of them homeless. You can see the photos at the end of the report. As it was a success and some materials were left over, we are planning to organize another similar campaign later. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks again to all of you and to Global Giving!
A roof for our woofs!
With the first donations we received from our new project “Build a Roof for 150 Animals in Cartagena Colombia”, we ordered 8 houses made of thick wood; 5 large and 3 medium size. Things weren’t easy at all. We stretched every penny but it was all worth it. Our carpenter are still working very hard to make these houses nice and comfortable for our rescued animals so they won’t get wet, cold or sick. As I write this report, the houses are coming together and we have a group of volunteers setting things up in FRAD so everything is ready for the arrival. I’ll send you pictures in a couple of weeks. Also, instead of buying pre-fabricated houses we were able to hire a local carpenter and generate income for him and his family. This way our project not only impacted positively our beloved animals, but the local economy.
If you have not had the chance to learn about the project please take a minute of your time and review it (and yes, we would love for all of you to make a small donation so that all our beloved animal friends have a house). The project is available at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-roof-for-150-animals-in-cartagena-colombia/
We need you!
The rainy season in Cartagena will continue until November, so we’ll have at least two months more we want to pass very quickly, because the intensity of rainfall, currents and strong winds continue to wreak havoc in our city, letting behind fallen trees, and avenues entirely flooded.
At least 18 rescued animals will be totally safe under these new roofs. Will you help us put safe all 150 animals? Please share our project and consider becoming a permanent donor through GlobalGiving!
See you soon.
Hugs from Colombia!
Part of the team
We are here thanks to Bimbi and Global Giving!