Wednesday, July 10, 2019

There Is Always a Challenge!

But, this one is over for another year.
Congratulations to Little Trinity in Toronto.
They won the $10,000 grand prize in the 2019 Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
Special thanks to our repeat donors and ongoing supporters.
We could not do ... what we do ... without you.
Here is a recap...
Country by Country
12 Canada
2 Australia
1 Cuba (in honour)
1 Netherlands
1 New Zealand
2 UK 

Donations during our special June 2019 appeal, compared to 2018, were up...
.... 45%.
Muchisimas gracias!

We are returning to Trinidad, Cuba.
Our goal for the September Campaña is 250 sterilizations.
We will bring supplies for 350.
This will allow for mini campañas to be conducted afterwards.
These will be done by the local veterinary team
 who would otherwise  not have the needed supplies.

We have sent our paperwork for entry approvals.
The next CHALLENGE is to FUND Trinidad.
Our veterinary medication/supply bill is...
Thanks to our over achieving February campaña,
 where our goal of 500 sterilization resulted in 628...
is not in our account!
Seriously... it takes a village to make these campañas a reality.
Spanky Project Team Trinidad 2018

Become part of our Trinidad Team
Your gift will make a difference.

Friday, June 21, 2019

We Declare ...

BREAKING NEWS: The Spanky Project announces a New Holiday
Last Sunday was Father's Day. 
We declare this coming Sunday, June 23rd, to be 
Just $25 will prevent a male dog or cat from becoming a father to babies he can't support.
The cherry on top? We have an offer of matching funds up to $1000.00!!! 
(offer ends June 30)
Please sponsor a neuter, or two or three, and help us get a two-fer!

Tax receipts for Revenue Canada are issued at Canada Helps.
Also donations made here, in June, give us a chance at a $10,000 prize.
Donate Now Through!
For those who can take advantage of a USA Tax Receipt....

Spanky Project USA 
is a 501(3) Non Profit

Sunday, June 16, 2019

June's Giving Challenge - 15 down 15 to go!

We are midway through the ....
... and here are the numbers.
After 15 Days! 
Donations received in 8 out of 15 days
16 donations in total
Country by Country
11 Canada
2 Australia
1 Netherlands
1 UK 
Compared to the same period last year!  
We have 1 more donor!
Same number of countries with the Netherlands replacing 
New Zealand.
Good news is we... have already beaten last years final total
 thanks to some a very generous donations.
Every dollar counts and gives us a chance to WIN BIG!
Your donation will make a difference for Cuban animals.
It may even be YOUR dollar that wins us the $10,000.
Donations as little a $3 get us entered.
If the prize comes our way we could sterilize 330 MORE dogs/cats
You can help Cubans help their animals with the Spanky Project.
Be a fundraiser!
There is no cost to you!
Start your own fundraiser to help celebrate a birthday, anniversary,  in memory of a loved one
.. or just because.
It's easy just click the 
"Fundraise Now"
 button and you are on your way,
Fundraise Now Through!
In our February Campaña we sterilized 628 dogs/cats.
This is over a year's worth for us in a single campaña.
We have very few funds in reserve for future campañas.
Trinidad Campaña September 2019 will be here soon.
Help us make it happen!
Consider becoming a monthly donor.
How do you SAVE 100 cats... sterilize one.
This is a kitty we sterilized in Plaza de Armas.
Note the tipped ear. It's our sign she has been sterilized.
She was part of Marta's Colony.
Have a heart .. give today!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Your dollar could win us $10,0000

Help make a difference!
Today begins,
 what could be, 
our biggest fund raising month of the year.
It was last year.
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is on.
Every $1 donated to the Spanky Project in June,
 give us a chance to win $10,0000

37% of those who donated to us through Canada Helps
in 2018 gave during the
Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
26% of our total online donations for 2018 came through
Canada Helps came in June.
A small donation can yield a huge reward. 
Hmmm.... what would we do with $10,000?
We would be able to sterilize an additional 330 dogs/cats.
 Provide many more teaching opportunities for Cuba's veterinary students
Provide specialized surgeries otherwise impossible due to shortages and lack of training. 
Make somebody happy. Make somebody strong
and leave us a message.
Send us an email 
if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


This year is the 15th for the Spanky Project.
We celebrated our Quinceañera on December 15, 2018

May 15th is the International Day of Families.
a day so designated by the United Nations.

More fun 15  facts...
Number 15
 is a triangular number: 1+2+3+4+5=15

A $15 monthly donation
 will sponsor 6 sterilization a year.
Join our family!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Three.. for free!

We went over the top with our Havana 500 Campaña
In addition to the 628 spays and neuters we performed
we did a number of special, unplanned surgeries.
Dr.Yoesnay (Yoel) Saiz did many of the outside consultations.

 When we arrived at 8am on Monday, Ana’s “parents” 
were waiting for us, desperate for help. 
Shortly after Ana was born, her mother bit her eye out.
  In addition, she was born with a congenital hole in her throat making eating and drinking a challenge with much of her food and water exiting through her nose. 
Ana had a rough first five months of life.

    It's no surprise that she had little interest in food and was underweight. 
Danna, Viviana and Adrián were at a loss because 
they were not able to to get her the help she needed.

The eye was not going to be a problem. 
The hole in her throat was going to be more of a challenge. We spent a good part of the morning determining if we had the correct instruments and suture to do it, with vets from Canada, Mexico and USA consulting. 
Ultimately, we decided we had to try and asked them to bring Ana back on Wednesday.
 Once again, she was waiting for us before the clinic opened and we were successful in both surgeries.
We had an ophthalmology specialist, Dr. Joe Wolfer, who could clear out the infection, remove any dead tissue and suture the eye closed. 
Dr. Alexandria Murphy (USA) assists Dr.Joe Wolfer (Canada) on the "Orbital Exploration"
As with the many other special cases we see during our campañas 
this became a teaching case.
After the eye surgery the procedure on the throat began.
Dr.Michael Belovich (Canada) repaired the throat with Dra.Leslie Santiago Sánchez (Mexico) assisting.

Repair in progress
... and  while she was under anesthesia, we spayed her.
Three surgeries back to back to back.
 Danna, Viviana and Adrian waited into the night for her to undergo the surgeries and recovery. 
They brought her back for a follow up on Friday and reported that, for the first time in her life, she was able to drink and eat properly. 
She was quite the celebrity that day!
Dra. Anu Nolasco (Mexico) gives Ana a snuggle.
She’s a happy, beautiful little gal who now has a chance at a long, healthy life.
Help us continue .....
Donate Now Through!

The following post from Facebook was written by Danna,
"mom" to little Ana, the day after her surgery.
This is why we do what we do and what keeps us going day in and day out.

February 28 at 8:16am
Today is a special day. Ana my 5 month old dog recovers formidably from 3 surgeries. She was born with a cleft palate, in 5 months we had never seen her eat and drink without being startled by the possibility of drowning. That's history today, thanks to Spanky Project. Only one word summarizes what they do for us and our pets, it is LOVE. Those of us who have been there see their dealings with the animals and their excessive dedication because no one rests. I have no way of expressing my gratitude, there are no words to express the pleasure of seeing Ana eat and drink well. Thanks to all the veterinarians, both foreigners and Cubans, to all the staff that works with them and fundamentally to Audrey and Terry for making this possible. Spanky Project has a formidable work team.

In the following days Adrian brought in dogs he cares for at his work place to be sterilized.
By North American standards Ana received over $3500 worth of medical treatment.
All provided free thanks to our volunteers and your donations.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

¡Fiesta por 15 Años!

Notre Dame des Bijoux
Gervasio # 218 between Concordia and Virtudes Centro Havana, Havana Cuba
Played host to our 15th anniversary celebration.
December 14, 2018

We came to know Tommy Reyes as the gentleman who would bring his chihuahuas to our Campañas.
We subsequently found out he is a former dance with the National Ballet of Cuba,
a restauranteur in addition to being"Papa" to several chihuahuas.
His restaurant's roof top location was perfect for our gathering.

This being a special evening we decided to arrive in style from Habana Vieja.
Notre Dame des Bijoux becomes a magical oasis in Centro Habana when the sun goes down.
Justo, a long long time friend and Spanky Team member, was our Maitre 'D for the evening.
He made sure everyone was seated before takeoff.
Once Audrey arrived with the hard stuff the party got started.
 Each guest, once seated ,was offer a plate of appetizers and a beverage.
Many thanks to Chef Jesus Gomez and our server Yanni Panoja.
Also to Daryl Cespedes who slaved away in the kitchen.
Joining us were friends from several Cuban institutions.
The Consejo Cientifico Veterinario de Cuba was represented.
We have worked under the Cuban veterinary council's umbrella since 2006.
As fate would have it the CCVC and Spanky Project share this day as an anniversary.
For the CCVC this was their 110th.
Marta and Dianelys from Sociedad Patrimonio Comunidad y Medio Ambiente along with Darian from International Cooperation.
SPCMA had an overflow table and Spanky Project supporter Raoul joined them.
Some of our core Cuban veterinary team nestled in a corner of the roof top.
Thanks to international team members 
Dr.Byron Maas and Stephanie from the USA.
Dr.Michael Belovich from Canada and Katia from Guantanamo, Cuba.

In Havana we have a team who keep the wheels greased and ready for our return.
Justo, Lianet and Noris.
Lianet and Noris produced the "15 Anniversary Expo" 
which opened on this day (December 14) in Habana Vieja.
Some of the final components arrived with Lianet to the party.
I had the opportunity to show them off.
As always it is wonderful to be surrounded by the next generation of veterinarians.
Dra.Indira on the left is a recent graduate and Patricia graduates this year.
Indira presented Audrey and I each with a gift.
 Very Cuban, as it is a miniature of
the corner stone street markers on Havana streets.
Earlier Audrey had gifted us with some "Spayer" Ts.
Where is the cake you say.
Thank you to all those who attended our fiesta.
Thank you to all who have worked with us 
or supported our work over the 15 years.
This was the 15th anniversary
 of my first step into the Cuban animal welfare world.
This celebrates the beginnings of the Spanky Project.
15 years of helping Cubans help their animals.

The Spanky Project is not one, two or ten people.
The Spanky Project is all of us.
Together we sterilized 513 in 2018 
and expanded to Trinidad, Cuba

Please join Team Spanky with a donation.

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On a closing note... 
none of your donations funded this gathering.
It was my treat!
-Terry Shewchuk