Sunday, November 1, 2020


Earth Cries... Heaven Smiles
Justo Lopez
The world has lost a great human.
It is with tremendous sadness we share with you the passing of JUSTO

Martha Oneida Pèrez Cortès - Havana Cuba
President of  Sociedad Civil Patrimonio, Comunidad y Medio Ambiente
Triste noticia, pero lo recordaremos siempre como refleja la fotografìa, alegre, dispuesto a apoyar y amante de los animales.
(Sad news, but we will always remember him as reflected in the photograph, cheerful, supportive and a lover of animals.)
A dear friend and Team Spanky family member since 2006.
I was first introduced to Justo in 2006 by Profesora Amparo Lopez. She headed up the Dulce Maria Loynaz group. They were an animal welfare working group at the University of Havana and one of Spanky Project's first collaborations. Justo, her cousin, joined us in a deworming session at one of the university garages.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating dry kibble.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating kibble
His charm, grace and passion was evident that first meeting.
Since then we were family. He would call me "Primo" in our emails.
The Spanky Project has seen many come and go. 
Justo was a constant and will forever be in our hearts.
He was "Our Man in Havana"
The calming presence at the registration desk for nervous caregivers.

The greeter of generous travellers donating supplies.

Translator, comedian, singer...
The biggest Doris Day fan in all of Cuba.
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
 but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
- Maya Angelou
Erni Alvarez Gonzalez- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Lamentable pérdida para el equipo Spanky.
 EPD amigo Justo en Trinidad siempre te recordaremos."
(Sad loss for the Spanky team.
 RIP friend Justo in Trinidad we will always remember you.)

Fiona Jane Wilson- Trinidad, Cuba
Oh, so sad. An absolute gentleman. Much loved by all of us at 
What a loss for the Spanky community.

Aytekin Yilmazer - Vienna Austria
"Oh nooo 😢
He was just a nice guy, always friendly and smiling.
He will be missed" 

Dr.Michael Belovich - Toronto Canada

Spanky Project Medical Director - Owner Yonge Street Animal Hospital
"To be so kind and so generous after having lived through

 such harsh time.
He is such an inspiration.I wish more people could learn from him."

Elena Nordby- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Mi más sentido pésame a su familia,cuanto siento esa gran persona,
lo extrañaremos muchos en las campañas EPD"
(My deepest condolences to his family,
how much I feel that great person, 
we will miss him very much in the campaigns RIP)
Holding "court" in Trinidad

Maître d' at our 15th Anniversary party.

We now offer a photo montage of our dear Justo.

Did we mention singer?
Justo in fine form.
We love you!
¡Adios Primo!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

And The Prize Goes to...

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is over for another year.
The $20,000 grand prize winner was randomly drawn on July 1st, Canada Day!
Congratulations to Sistering A-Woman's Place.
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. 
As a women’s organization, their focus is on changing social conditions for women and trans people in all their diversity, through programs guided by the principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression.

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during June's 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
18 Canada
2 Australia
2 UK
1 Mexico
We received 24 donations.  
That's up three from last year..

With a pandemic gripping the world our best laid plans have changed.
The Oficina del Conservador de la Ciudad de Trinidad  
 has cancelled our December campaña and most other public programs for the remainder of 2020
At this time! ...
We are hoping for campañas in ...
Havana - December (resheduled from September)
Trinidad 2021

We have been told to plan for Trinidad, Cuba in 2021.
Sterilization and deparasitizations
Our surgery is of the highest standard.
Education is a cornerstone of our work in building sustainability.
Public education is also crucial.
We collaborated with the public school next to our campaña to increase awareness of animals in the community.
Again we will bring art supplies.
Children create drawings about caring for animals.  
We look forward to reuniting our team and welcoming new members to the Spanky Family.
Spanky Project Team Trinidad 2019

In February we arrived, in Havana, with our entire “controlled drug’ supply for 2020. 
We pre-positioned $13,545.32 worth of anaesthesia, sedation and pain control medications.
This will be sufficient for our goal of 1000 spay/neuters in 2020. 
We like to prepare for the unexpected.. like a "PANDEMIC".
Medications are in place for our goal of 1000 spay/neuters in 2020.
We sterilized 522 in February... only 488 to go!

Join us by sponsoring a spay for $30
Become a monthly donor for a little as $5 / month.
Over the year that funds two sterilizations.
Your gift will make a huge impact going forward.
Donate Now Through!

For Canadians donations by Interac e-Transfer...
... can be sent using the email

Our mailing address is..
Spanky Project
172 Main St.
Suite 301
Picton ON  K0K 2T0

In the USA you can donate via

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”


Monday, June 29, 2020

Can you spare $3? Only hours left to win us $20,000

Yes Nala!
June is almost over and the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will be done for another year.
Every dollar donated gives us one more chance at $20,000.
A minimum donation of $3 is all it takes.

Donate Now Through!

Going into the final day here is the score.
Donations received in 13 of 29 days.
2 - Australia
15 -Canada {BC 4, MB, ON 7, QC, NS 2}
2 - Great Britain
1- USA
0- the rest of the world. 
The draw is on July 1!
With $20,000 we can do more than 666 spay/neuters
What a difference your $3 could make!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Un-Fathers Day II

Last year the Spanky Project announced a New Holiday
Last Sunday was Father's Day. 
We declare this coming Sunday, June 28, to be our second annual "UnFathers Day" 

Your donation will help prevent a male dog or cat from becoming a father to babies he can't support.
And the bonus opportunity is every dollar donated, until the 30th, gives us a chance to win $20,000 in the 
Donating is secure and easy with a credit card or PayPal
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Instant tax receipts for Revenue Canada are issued through Canada Helps.
Also donations made here, in June, give us a chance at a $20,000 prize.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

$20k to be won in June 2020

Help make a difference!
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us through or qualifies us to win $20,000! 
The more you give, the more chances for us to win!

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2019.
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 

*There are 188 more countries in the world. 
Is yours one of them?

Monday 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 $20,0000

36% of donations to us, through Canada Helps,
in 2019 came during the
Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
A small donation can yield a huge reward. 

Hmmm.... what would we do with $20,000?
We would be able to sterilize 660 dogs/cats

 Provide many more teaching opportunities for 
Cuba's veterinary students
Provide more opportunities for iternational collaboration and exchanges of knowledge. 

Make somebody happy. Make somebody strong

Starting Monday !!!!!!!!
if you have any questions or comments.
Send us a photo of your pet helping you donate.
We will share it.
Thank you ALL for helping Cubans help their animals.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Cuba Travel Network - A Victim of COVID19

It was with much sadness we learned of 
ceasing operations.
Last week the announcement was made on their website.
"Dear Customer 
As a result of the devastating effects of the coronavirus crisis, we regret to inform you that after 18 years Cuba Travel Network is no longer in business."

How Sad!
Eddie and CTN were the first "corporate" supporters of the 
Spanky Project. 
On occasion they provided free or discounted accommodations to our veterinary team.
They made us an "affiliate". Travel, accommodations or car rentals booked with CTN though the Spanky Project website or blog saw a small "commission" come back to us.

Eddie also visited our campañas.
Check out our blog post from the day they visited

Below is their recollection of the visit as published on 

Terry Shewchuk and his team of Canadian veterinarians, extend a paw to the dogs and cats of Havana, Cuba who cannot afford proper healthcare.

The Spanky Project was initiated in 2003, the year when Terry visited Cuba for the second time and his beloved mutt Spanky died. These two events prompted Terry to do something for the Havana mutts. He named his initiative “the Spanky Project”. In recent years cats and other domestic animals have been welcomed to take advantage of the free medical attention.

It needs to be said that Cubans love their domestic animals and happily drum up some patience for a stray dog that deems the middle of a busy road as the ideal place for a siesta. Fact is that parasite treatments, sterilization and preventive care are costly and veterinarian medicines are scares if not non-existent.

Over the last nine years, the Spanky Project has treated thousands of animals, both that live on the streets or with their owners. The initiative has developed into an official international collaboration between the Spanky Project and the various veterinarian organizations in Cuba including the veterinarian clinics of Havana.

I decide to go and visit Terry at the Clinica Veterenaria Laika in Old Havana and cannot believe my eyes. In a room of roughly 4x5 meters, the Spanky team managed to put up 3 improvised operating tables. I count at least 20 bodies in the crammed quarters, but no one seems to care. The Canadian surgeons are working closely together with their Cuban counterparts, demonstrating new techniques and fully incorporating freshly graduated Cuban vets who are introduced to new generations of medicines and anesthetics in the process.

I realize that this professional interaction is what makes the Spanky Project really shine. Terry tells me that soon he plans to move on to other Cuban cities, knowing that the medical supplies he will keep on sending to the various Havana clinics will be put to excellent use.

During my short visit I witness the sterilization of one dog and six cats and cannot help to ask wonder if Spanky would approve of all this loving attention to his natural adversary. Terry assures me Spanky would have been fine with it, after all, the fewer cats she would have to worry about, the better.

The 85 kilos of medicine that Terry and his team brought with them were paid for by donations from individuals. The Canadian team paid for their own passage on Cubana Airlines. Cuba Travel Network provided free accommodation for Terry while in Havana.

For more information on the Spanky Project, please visit

Thank you Eddie and CTN!
We hope to see Cuba Travel Network rise again when Cuba opens the border.

With the lose of affiliate commissions from CTN your support is crucial in these times.
If you are able and if you can please....
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