Friday, October 26, 2018

Trinidad Here We Come

On May 14, of this year, the Spanky Project was contacted by an individual
 who had been in Trinidad, Cuba.
They had rescued a dog from the street and
he was in the care of a veterinarian awaiting rehoming to Europe.
While awaiting a return to pick up the dog a fund raising effort was launched 
in Europe by the adopter.
Donations were received and supplies collected in support of the street dogs of Trinidad.
The Spanky Project was contacted asking for recommendations on how to best proceed.
Proceed with sterilization and care of street dogs in Trinidad.
The funds available were certainly enough to inaugurate an
 extension of our sterilization campañas to Trinidad.
A "Founding Funder" was in place.
We stated up front that this could take months ,if not years, to get the green lights needed to conduct fully approved campañas in Trinidad.
On May 20th we consulted with the 
Oficina del Historiador de La Ciudad de La Habana (OHCH).
OHCH is our collaborating Cuban structure and the lead in the network of Oficinas del Conservadors.
With them, our work in Havana is a model for export the other historical centres.
OHCH contacted Trinidad about a Spanky Project collaboration.
On May 25th the reply came.
In short YES!!!
There was great interest and we were invited move forward.
Given our years of experience in Cuba, 15 years that is, we never expected such a lighting fast acceptance.
The wheels were in motion.

It was planned that a team from Trinidad come and join us for our September campaña in Havana.
They came to observe our planning, systems and protocols.
Never has such a campaña been held in Trinidad.
It was important to see first hand what needs to be readied in Trinidad.

The first activity in the week long program was a mass deparasitization in the Santo Angel district of Habana Vieja.
Martha is President of 
Sociedad Civil Comunidad, Patrimonio y Medio Ambiente.
 Her office coordinates all our activities.
This includes the importation of all our supplies and visa approvals.
 She arrived with Ernie. He is a "Master Planner" from the Oficina del Conservador Trinidad.
He was very impressed with this event.
Especially impressed with how all ages came out in support of their animals. 
He saw first hand what will be taking place in Trinidad in December.
The next stop for the Team Trinidad was our five day sterilization campaña.
Yes the sign announces four days but..
.. due to popular demand a fifth day was added.
Team Trinidad veterinarians Dr.Armando and Dra.Susana joined us at our Quinta de los Molinos clinic.
They experienced all departments of our clinic.
They will take this experience back to Trinidad to prepare for December.

With all this good news and planning and a December campaña to look forward to comes the bad news.
With just 6 weeks to go ..
the promised funding and support that started the wheels in motion has been withdrawn.
The person who made the offer and agreed to what we proposed did not understand the complexities of launching such a effort in Cuba.
More importantly did not understand how important it is for the Spanky Project to work within the parameters of our "Convenio" and other agreements with Cuban structures.
We cannot circumvent our agreements and risk losing the trust and excellent reputation we have earned in our 15 years of
helping Cubans help their animals.

We now have an unfunded project.
So many have invested so much of themselves. 
Hopes are so high for what can be done in Trinidad ...we cannot let them down.

Cancelation is not an option.
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We have set up a special fund at Canada Helps
"Trinidad, Cuba -Project start up. Urgent funding needed"
the old fashion way

Spanky Project
172 Main St.
Suite 301
Picton ON K0K 2T0

We have planned for 175 sterilization in the first phase of the Trinidad Project.
Half of those in December the rest in a series of mini campañas
Your $30 donation funds one of the 175.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Light A Candle!

1995 - 2003
“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.” 
– Buddha
A few months back I heard cover of Neil Young's
Heart Of Gold.
It was a version by Passenger.
The video was an emotional viewing for me.
I did find my "Heart of Gold".
Fifteen years ago, today, we bade "adios" to Spanky.
It was a day filled with her favourite things...
restaurant patio time and finally eating that tuna sandwich...
pizza at the ballpark...
and a walk on the beach .
September 5, 2003 was not to be the end of her story...

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
 and the life of that candle will not be shortened"

.... on December 14, 2003 that first candle was lit.
The Spanky Project was born with the goal of..
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” 

... she gave me that purpose!

May Spanky's legacy carry on ... well beyond my years.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

How Your Donation Is Put To Work ... and the bonus!

You may have asked....
"What do they do in Havana?"
 It all begins with a loving caregiver or a colony keeper.
One who brings their cat to our campaña for sterilization.
(We do dogs too!)
Then we get to work ...


...and a consult with the surgeon.
That's what we do...
.. and we need you.
Your donation of $30 sponsors a spay.

And now the bonus.
That one spay over time can prevent over 20,000 births.
In February we sterilized 156 cats.

What a great return on a small investment.

They also come to us by the box load.
$30 sponsors a spay...
 box loads vary!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday

If we can have individuals purchase and deliver these supplies to Havana it helps our budget and frees up space for other critical supplies that need to enter on permits.

Here is a Wishlist as put together by Spanky Project USA.

(Please note that any bottled items should be placed in a Ziploc bag in case of leakage)
·     Treatments to kill both fleas AND ticks (like Frontline, NexGuard or Advantix) 
·     Shampoos to killboth fleas AND ticks
·     Medicated shampoos for skin problems 
·     De-wormers and Heartworm preventatives (like Safe-Guard, Heartgard, Interceptor)
·     Vitamins for dogs and cats – age range from youth to adult to geriatric
·     Ehrlichiosis testing kits b  (like 4Dx or ELISA test kit)
·     Medication for mange   (i.e. Demodex) 
·     Antibiotics like Amoxicillin, Tetracycline or Doxycycline 
·     Antiseptics like Chlorhexidine or Povidone Iodine 
·     Milk substitutes for kittens and puppies (powdered is lighter easier to carry)
·     Latex or Nitrile gloves (Medium and Large - non-sterile, usually 100/box)
·     Scalpel Blades Sterile #10    100/Bx
·     Scalpel Blades Sterile #15   100/Bx
·     OptixCare Eye Lubricant 
·     Cotton Balls and Cotton rolls (1 lb non-sterile)
·     Old towels and small blankets 
·     Nail clippers specifically for dogs and cats
·     Leashes and collars/ Slip leads / Harnesses for small to medium dogs.
·     Flea combs 
·     Tick picker tool
·     AAA Batteries (for surgeons headlamps – especially rechargeable)
·     General office supplies - pens, Sharpies, copy paper, clip boards and solar calculators
·     ZipLoc Bags (Quart and Gallon Size)
·     Styptic Powder 
·     Large Plastic Tarps
·     Large Trash Bags 
·     Bungee Cords
·     Masking Tape and Duct Tape
·     Zip Ties (lighter weight and 4-5” long)
·     8’ x 10’ plastic tarp
·     Black Printer ink for an Epson NX 430 Printer

·     Surgical Gloves - Sz 6 thru 8
·     Exam Gloves - Medium and Large
·     IV Catheters - 20g, 22g  (occasional 18g and 24G)
·     IV Sets - basic
·     Hypodermic Needles  - All appropriate gauges and lengths
·     Syringe only - 1cc, 3cc, occasional 5cc
·     Syringe / Needle combo 3mL / 22g
·     Syringe / Needle Combo 1mL/ 25g
·     Syringe / Needle Combo  0.5mL/ 27g
·     Scalpel Blades #10 & #15
·     Absorbable Suture 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 (dyed if possible) – Needled strands or cassettes
·     Tissue Glue
·     Fenestrated drapes 
·     Gauze of any size (sterile is great)
·     Lap Sponges
·     Optixcare
·     Styptic powder
·     Lubricant - water soluble
·     Digital thermometers
·     Tape 1" Surgical Tape (plastic, paper, cloth)
·     Vaccutainer - 5 and 10 ml (red top – no media)
·     Face Masks
·     Oster A5 Clipper 40 Blade
·     Antibiotics of any kind
·     Ivermectin
·     Flea and tick (both) treatments (like Frontline, NexGuard or Advantix) 
·     De-wormers and Heartworm preventatives (Safe-Guard, Heartgard, Interceptor)
·     Vitamins for dogs and cats – age range from youth to adult to geriatric
·     Ehrlichiosis testing kits like 4Dx or ELISA test kit
·     Medication for mange (i.e. Demodex)

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If you can help send us an email 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rearview Mirror - Great Canadian Giving Challenge

We did not win the $10k prize.
But, with the 1425 chances you gave us we had a shot at it.
The good fortune went to
"The Mission of Truth for Teens
 is to equip indiviuals with the education and tools
 they need to heal from addiction, violence and destructive lifestyles."

Thank you to all our supporters.
Spring and summer months are a period of "donation doldrums" for charities
Visits to our blog post announcing the challenge saw a huge number of hits 
compared to others posted in June.
That shows you all cared and shared.

We had some great exposure on Trip Advisor thanks to one of our ongoing supporters.
The thread was closed by administrators near the end of June and I now see it has been removed.
our work and others working for the animals in Cuba.

Thanks to you all ...
There was a notable increase in donations this June.
11 of 30 days
 people took up the challenge
21 donors
one was so excited she donated twice.
5 countries
Canada 13
Australia 3
Great Britain 2
New Zealand 2
was the average donation
 if we remove the high/low and average the in-between.

Spanky Project USA received donations through their Facebook page.
Donations through that portal did not count in the challenge.
Tax receipts were issued to those who pay their due to the IRS.

So June is done... what now.
We still need your ongoing support to
help Cubans help their animals.
The Spanky Project has been focused in Havana.
Very soon we hope to be able to announce some exciting news regarding other regions of Cuba.

Online donations for Canadians and the world can be made at..
Cheques, money orders and donations in kind are happily accepted at
Spanky Project
172 Main St.
Suite 301
Picton ON  K0K 2T0

for our supporters in the USA 
you can donate with PayPal.
Spanky Project USA a
 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Checks are accepted at..
Spanky Project USA
2823 Colorado St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Also for our USA supporters travelling to Cuba we have the 

¡Gracias a todos!
... from all of us!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Santo Angel Deparasitization - Good to be back

In 2011 we began to solidify our presence in Habana Vieja.
Working with the Oficina del Historiador Ciudad de la Habana and 
Sociedad Civil,Patrimonio, Comunidad y Medio Ambiente
we came to know of Gilberto Valladares Reina (aka Papito) 
and his community project
Barrio Santo Angel was a neighbourhood being rejuvenated.
Papito and Artecorte were the driving force behind change.

Later in 2011 we returned to help celebrate the renovation and reopening of the neighbourhood 
Consultorio Veterinario.
On September 28, 2011 we held mass deparasitization for the community and Habana Vieja.
486 registered .. we treated more.
Mass deparasitization events are usually the final event 
of one of our campaña weeks.
For World Spay Day Week 2018 we held two.
One to kick off the week ... another to close out the week.
 To start the week, at our request, we were back in Santo Angel with Artecorte.
This neighbourhood has certainly been transformed and
 a must see if you visit Havana.
It was wonderful to be welcomed back.
Terry - Spanky Project
Papito- Founder Artecorte  
Dr.Luis (Luisito) - Zoonosis Habana Vieja
Dr.Yoel - Veterinarian Aquarium de la Habana Vieja

Zoonosis gets a bad rap.
It is the agency which collects strays in the streets.
Some of the methods of some of the workers give it that reputation.
 But, Luisto awesome.
He is Zoonosis' veterinarian for Habana Vieja.
 He always brings rabies vaccine to our campañas and helps out.
 Here, he's handing over the rabies vaccination certificate.
Papito, Adriana and Artecorte made this a fun day.
There was something for everyone.
We had clowns!!!
Dra.Marina does not appear to be a fan of clowns.
There were also contests.
Here's the winner of "My pet looks like me".
 It was a great morning.
We were all very happy with the day.
135 dogs/cats were treated.
And you wondered about the SCISSORS
 Please help us to continue providing these free services to 
Cuban communities
 and the animals that live within them.
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Our sterilization campaña took place between the two deparasitizations.
We sterilized, deparasitized and vaccinated 156 pet cats
Our second mass deparasitization of the week was in the heart of Habana Vieja at...
Civil Society for Heritage, Community and the Environment
Sociedad Civil,Patrimonio, Comunidad y Medio Ambiente

When the last puppy was served...
Canadian Veterinary student Jaime Yoon bought us
 all churros.
 A huge thank you to 
Dr. Lorraine Chalkley
Southfork Animal Clinic,Murphy Texas.
She contacted her suppliers and they came through with a huge donation of flea/tick prevention.

On the week here are the totals
Quinta de los Molinos
Perros y gatos
Barrio Santo Ángel
Perros y gatos


US Tax Receipts are issued when you donate here.