Thanks to the donations of supporters through GlobalGiving, and other generous direct supporters within the Community Action Alliance, the CAA Animal Welfare Committee organized and held 3 additional dog spay-neuter clinics over the past 6 months. During the past year, the CAA Spay-Neuter program has neutered 220 dogs, street dogs, pets of local owners that could not afford to pay for the service, or dogs in local dog rescue facilities.
This round of clinics was organized and supervised by DVM Mark Knoeppl, the Chair of the CAA Animal Welfare Committee who volunteers his time and partially funded this important work. One hundred percent of dog rescue work is done by volunteers and volunteer organizations in San Ramon given that the municipalities do not offer this important service. However, the Costa Rican legislature has just passed a new Animal Cruelty law that provides for much stricter penalties for mis-treatment of animals. If that law can be effectively enforced, it might offer some additional protection for animals in this country---however, because publicly funded rescue centers are almost non-existent in this country, most of the actual work of taking in animlas removed from owners under this law will fall to volunteer organizations.
Shown in the photo is HW, the wonderful former Austrian who came to Costa Rica many years ago and took the personal challenge to create a dog rescue center called Dogland (San Ramon) in the hills just west of the city. HW is largely responsible for the well-being of about 200 dogs, and the CAA Animal Welfare Committee is pleased to be able to assist hers, and other area rescue centers, in this important community service work.
Thanks again to all the GlobalGiving supporters who contributed to this effort.
THANKSprimarily to our Global Giving Fundraiser, The Community Action Alliance Animal Welfare committee raised over$10,000 for 2014and spayed/neutered 430 street dogs(and a few cats), as well as providing emergency veterinary care, fostering litters born on the streets, and supporting adoption events.
This past Sunday the Committee presented an educational program at Jorge Washington grade school in conjunction with other activities that day. In addition to three speakers who addressed wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, Ana Rodriguez Del Valle from Oscar’s Oasis, and Karen Arce Rojas from 4 Patas de Puro Amor, spoke about spay/neutering. They also showed heartwarming “Before” and “After” slides of a number of our successful rescues, and two of the dogs were there “in person” with their families. The perfect ending? Five puppies born to street dogs were adopted at the event!
Please check out the photo gallery from the event at Jorge Washington school here:
As we close out a year successful beyond our wildest dreams, we are deactivating this Global Giving project. We hope you will consider supporting The Community Action Alliance Education Committee's new project helping the children of San Ramon who are living in poverty.
Congratulations to Karen Arce Rojas, of 4 Patas de Puro Amor, for a successful adoption event at the fairgrounds in San Ramon. This local rescue group routinely fosters litters born on the streets (most recently under a bench at the bus depot) or abandoned in coffee fields. Sixteen puppies and five kittens born homeless were adopted, and the new owners all signed contracts to spay or neuter their pets when they're old enough (with partial financial assistance from the Animal Welfare Committee).
The event included a costume contest and prizes donated by businesses in the community. Check out the photos on our blog page, including a Chihuaha in a helmet and goggles ready to accompany its burly owner on a motorcyle!
On July 30th 4 Patas de Puro Amor, a local animal welfare group run entirely by Costa Ricans, conducted a spay/neuter clinic in San Ramon paid for with donations to Animal Welfare through Global Giving. The barrio where the clinic was held is extremely poor - some of the people's homes are made from cardboard - and the residents were very appreciative. Forty dogs and cats were spayed or neutered at the amazing price of $14 each, and we would like to go back to the same barrio for another clinic as more donations are raised.
Heartfelt thanks to our donors for making what we do possible. This clinic would not have been held without your generous contributions.
The past three days have been very hard on our resources, with TWENTY-TWO puppies coming into rescue. Six were found in a box in a coffee field, soaking wet. Nine were orphaned when their mother was poisoned. Three were found in the trash (one did not survive). Four were found on the street with their starving mother. We need to provide formula, puppy food, and veterinary care in the upcoming weeks. This is all done in foster homes by people donating their time and love. Please help us with a contribution if you possibly can...each and every donation makes a difference in a life.
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