Monday, December 2, 2019

Giving Tuesday ...

$30 is the cost of one sterilization in our Cuban campañas
We need you to donate, a minimum, $25
CanadaHelps will at add $5
That sterilization will prevent future 
abandoned cats and dogs in Cuba.
Less need for rescues
Today we want to fund 10 sterilization.
We need you on this Giving Tuesday
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GivingTuesday 2019 Extra $5 Offer valid beginning December 3, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) through December 3, 2019 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

La Habana 500

Today, November 16, 2019, is Havana's 500th Anniversary.
The commemoration has taken place throughout 2019
The Spanky Project was part of these celebrations.
In February our goal was to provide sterilizations for 500 dogs/cats and in addition
 500 deparasitizations in separate events.
We even made up buttons to announce our goal.
Our Cuban team came from as far as far away as Guantanamo.
Veterinary students came from as far as Santi Spiritus to join us.
   Caregivers and their pets came from other provinces for the opportunity to have their pets sterilized; a service which is seldom available to them.
Our international team came from Canada, Mexico and the USA.
 Sterilization and education are what the Spanky Project is all about.
Every day at our campañas, while caregivers are waiting for their pets, we offer educational talks on animal care, health and welfare.
It is the path to humane population control and a reduction in the number of
 those abandoned in the streets.
The Spanky Project collaborates with
 They educate and facilitate adoption and rehoming of those rescued from the streets.
 Together we achieved our goals and more.
We blew past our target of 500 with an amazing 628 sterilizations done in 6 days.

 Much has been said in the past couple of weeks about 
Zoonosis (the dog catcher) 
collecting dogs in the streets ahead of the 500th anniversary.
Some of the comments have been sensational and less than truthful.
Zoonosis does have a purpose.
By definition Zoonosis is "a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals."
I do not agree with the methods of collection and end of life for the street animals.
There is no guarantee these methods will change any time soon.
 Zoonosis supports our work in Habana Vieja.
They provide rabies vaccine 
 Dr.Luis, head of Zoonosis in Habana Vieja ,brings us rabies vaccine and issues the certificates.
This supports their mission, the prevention of transmissible disease.
Though the facts about Zoonosis collecting street dogs ahead of the 500th anniversary are murky, one thing is certain. 
They did not enter the tourist center of Habana Vieja where SP has been working to reduce the population of homeless dogs and cats.
The success of our sterilization campañas are proven in this fact.
STERILZATION and more STERILZATION is the path to less Zoonosis intervention.

Sterilization is what we are all about.
Our feet are on the ground and our hearts are in Cuba.
Help us help Cubans help their animals.
Be a part of our next Campaña.
 February 2020
We are aiming for 500 again.
$30 sponsors a sterilization
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Help us put an end to homeless animals living lives of peril, disease and hunger.

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.
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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,
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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 .....
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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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