Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here!
 For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to the Spanky Project through www.canadahelps.org qualifies us for a chance to win $20,000
The more you give
... the more chances for us to win!
Your generosity will help Cubans help their animals. 

Last year's results .
Country by Country
18 Canada
2 Australia
2 UK
1 Mexico
We received 24 donations for a total of 1277 chances to win the $20,000
The challenge is on for 2021
With $20,000 we could do 666 more spay/neuters.
We can send critical supplies to help Veterinarians and Protectors
The "Days of COVID" have caused the cancellation of three mass campañas.
That is over 1000 spay/neuters we will have to recoup.
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
The pandemic is taking a serious toll on Cuba.
 Cubans are in a struggle not experienced since the "Special Period" of the early 90's.
Help us help Cubans help their animals.
The need is greater than ever.
Your gift will prevent suffering and save lives.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Cars for Cuban Animals

We now have a new way 
to help Cubans help their animals.
Are you tired our countless and costly repairs.
Do you want to avoid the hassle of selling your vehicle or junking it.

Donate It! 
Donate a Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for Spanky Project. 
Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. 
When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to 
Spanky Project through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). 

Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for Spanky Project to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete we will send you a tax receipt and 
we will put your gift to good use. 
Please click here to donate a vehicle.

If you are not in Canada or don't have a vehicle ...
... but still want to help Cubans help their animals.
Click below
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Thank you for your support.
We are excited about this new way of 
funding our spay and neuter campañas.
$30 is our cost for a single spay/neuter.
How many surgeries will your vehicle sponsor?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Cuban Veterinarians Have Their Day

Veterinary Medicine Day is a day celebrated on different dates in each country of the world, based on the most representative historical events.
Until 1853, there was no formal veterinary education in any country in the Americas. The first veterinary school in Latin America was founded in Mexico for this year (1853), the second in Guelph-Canada in 1862; and the third in Ames-Iowa in the United States of America in 1879.
On March 24, 1961, it was chosen to pay homage to the veterinarians in Cuba in remembrance of the signing of Resolution 254 of the Council of Ministers, which unified all the country's veterinary services into the Revolutionary Veterinary Services, the first state organization dedicated to the free care of breeding animals and pets.

Before this, the day of the veterinarian in Cuba was celebrated on April 10th, since 1907; due to the fact that on that date the First Free School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in Cuba, which was incorporated to the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Havana according to Decree No. 126 of January 27th, 1908.

The first attempts to include the teaching of veterinary medicine in Cuba date back to 1857, when on the recommendation of the Sociedad Económica Amigos del País, the creation of a school dedicated to the teaching of the specialty in Cuba was attempted without success, but more obstacles than contributions held back the good intentions of its promoters.

In 1937, the Veterinary School acquires the category of Faculty and months later establishes a new curriculum of four years of duration. In 1942 it opens its new building on the corner of Carlos III and Ayesterán, where it remained until 1976 when the Higher Institute of Agricultural Sciences of Havana, now the Agrarian University of Havana, was created.
According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Cuba currently has five faculties of Veterinary Medicine and 14 schools of middle-level studies, in which more than seven thousand specialists dedicated to the care and protection of animal health have graduated, as well as several research centers, among which the National Center of Agricultural Health and the Institute of Animal Science stand out for their results.

Every March 24, the workers dedicated to animal health in Cuba receive a well-deserved tribute in recognition of their work.
Since 2003 the Spanky Project has come to know many Cuban veterinarians.
We thank them all for their hard work, love and dedications.
Los acontecimientos del último año nos han recordado que todos tenemos que trabajar juntos por el bien de todos. Seguimos comprometidos con nuestros colegas y amigos en Cuba y esperamos volver tan pronto como se considere seguro para todos. 
Dr.Michael Belovich

 Events of the last year have reminded us all that we all have to work 
together for the good of all.
We remain committed to our colleagues and friends in Cuba and look forward to returning as soon as it is deemed safe for all.
Dr.Michael Belovich
Together we are stronger.
Join us in support of Cuba's Veterinarians as they tend to the countries animal population.
One Love
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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Say Goodbye to 2020


Donate before midnight for your 2020 Tax Credit.
Instant Tax Receipt
Safe and secure.
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From our Spanky Family to yours
 we wish you a 
VAMOS 2021

Monday, November 30, 2020


We got off to a great start in 2020 with 522 sterilization toward our goal of 1000.
February Campaña Tour
Then COVID hit the world.
Two of our campañas were canceled,
Looking forward to 2021 we will have to make up for lost time.
As of today we plan to be back in Havana early in the new year.
Then two more campañas.

Help us...


Please consider a donation on this GIVING TUESDAY.
Only on December 1st, CanadaHelps will add $2 to every one-time donation of $20 or more, up to a maximum of $30,000. 

For our supporters in the USA .. Facebook has a bonus.
on Facebook for details
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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.
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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

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