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

Monday, January 28, 2019

Havana 500


But not all births are happy ones....
As our way of honouring Havana's anniversary,
 the Spanky Project plans to perform 
500 spays/neuters in February
This in support our ongoing effort to humanely reduce the number of unwanted street animals.
 We have enough supplies in storage in Havana for 375 sterilizations.
We need to buy and transport enough for another 125 surgeries. 
At a cost of $30 per surgery, that's $3750 that we need to spend NOW. 

Can you help....NOW?
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For our American supporters
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 has a FaceBook appeal.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Trinidad - Thanks You!

Our first step into Trinidad was a great success.

Thanks go to many, but firstly to those who answered our
 appeal back in October 2018. 
Thanks to you we accomplished..
60 sterilizations
367 dog/cat deparasitizations and 
21 horse deworming.

During the set up day our welcome to Trinidad was made "official"
 as were we summoned to the assembly hall of the municipal government.
The Oficina de Conservador de Trinidad y el Valle de los Ingenios (OCCTVI) under the directorship of Duznel Zerquera Amador were our lead organization in Trinidad.
Duznel (left) and Vice Chairman of the municipal assembly
warmly greeted us and gave us their full support.

We were provided an excellent space to hold our campaña.
Across the street from Parque Cespedes
Each morning we were greeted by dogs, cats and their caregivers.
Joining our Havana Team were Veterinary students
 from Sancti Spiritus, the Provincial Capital.
To put on a mass campaña takes a big effort.
We thank you all!

Martha Oneida Pérez Cortés             (SCPCMA – La Habana)
Yamila García Calero                       (SCPCMA – La Habana)
Terry Shewchuk                             (Spanky Project Canadá)
Audrey Mabie                                     (Spanky Project USA)
 Katia                                           (Spanky Project en Cuba)
Justo                                           (Spanky Project en Cuba)
Lianet                                         (Spanky Project en Cuba)
           Anaelys Barbara Batista Gravie          (Protectora en Trinidad)  
Médicos veterinarios:
Leyssan   Cepero Fiallo                                 (La Habana)
Yanaisy Pino Quintana                                   (La Habana)
Yoesnay Saíz Guerra                                     (La Habana)
Luís Antonio Picallo Royero                           (La Habana)
Daniel Octavio Hernández Lima                     (La Habana)
Gabriela de la Caridad Morales Valencia        (La Habana)
Viacheslav Ediardovich Zenckov                        (Matanzas)
Michael Timothy Belovich                        (Spanky Canadá)
Byron Scott Mass (                                  (Spanky EE.UU.)
Stefanie Broman Valido                           (Spanky EE.UU.) 
Susana Beatriz Alonso Ponce                             (Trinidad)
Armando Lopez Bravo                                        (Trinidad)
Ibrahim Calero Herrera                      (Profesor S. Spíritus)
Erasmo Hurtado Sosa                        (Profesor S. Spíritus)
Juan Carlos Couso Mas                     (Profesor S. Spíritus)
María Luz Ledesma                          (Profesora S. Spíritus)
Ángel Oentón                                    (Profesor S. Spíritus)
Especialistas OCCTVI Trinidad:
Yamilka Álvarez Martínez                   Directora Técnica OCCTVI
Erni H. Alvarez González     Especialista encargado organización 
Yaney Puerta Padrón                          personal de apoyo (Bióloga)
Daymaris Rodríguez Balmaceda      personal de apoyo (Socióloga)
Yanisleidy Rodríguez Lara               personal de apoyo (Socióloga)

Estudiantes Universitarios de 4 años: 
Yanay Fernández Cedré                              (S. Spíritus)
 Beatriz González Obregón                          (S. Spíritus)
 Oscar Jaime López                                      (S. Spíritus)
 Delveis Leira Jimenéz                                 (S. Spíritus)
 Dailen Rumayor Díaz                                  (S. Spíritus)
Yaíma Hernández Obregón                         (S. Spíritus)
Anabela Siluma                                           (Argentina)
 Micaela Vechete                                          (Argentina)

Alberto Bazo                                        (Chofer Univ. S. S.)
Yoandry  González Matos                          (Chofer OCCTVI)
Norberto                                                  (Chofer OCCTVI)
We are a third of the way to completing our planned 
first phase of 175 sterilizations.
Your donation is crucial to bringing humane population control to Trinidad
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Trinidad was a "journey" ... we made it.. and will return.