Monday, January 12, 2009


This post is to follow up on my December 24th post.
As Barbara commented, "This dog was so shaggy and so dignified."
He is allowed to keep his dignity with the help of Protectoras like Gisela.

Protectoras are those on the frontlines in the battle for animal welfare. They are the ones that help street animal in distress. They are the ones that will nurse an animal to health and find it a home. I will expand on the work of Protectoras in another post.

I had the privilege of meeting Gisela on my recent trip. She met us at the Veterinary Clinic of Colon in Centro Habana.

Here, along with (clockwise)Professora Amparo Lopez, Dra.Magaly and Dr.Barbara Calm we discussed the work being done in Centro Habana for animal welfare.

Dra.Magaly is the Directora of the clinic. She provided for review the book that contains all donated supplies provided through the Spanky Project and how they were put to use.

As we discussed the work being done... work was being done on the other side of the door.
On this Saturday a Spay/Neuter clinic was being held.
Dr.Barbara found this much more interesting.
Dr.Barbara Calm DVM
Montana, USA

Note- the incision is on the side and not the belly.

After each procedure the dog or cat is given a unique tattoo.
This ID system was developed by the Dulce Maria Loynaz group and the Spanky Project.
The Spanky Project has provided two tattoo outfits for Havana clinics.
Animals with the tattoo now have a way back home.
Zoonosis (Dog catcher) now has a way to find an animal's home.
With the introduction of the tattoo ID system, the government has provided the Clinic with it's first computer ... this due to the need to house the database.

After our visit to the clinic Gisela took us to some of the locations where she protects animals.
One location was a garage / parking lot.
Here with the assistance of the garage workers animals have a refuge...

and get some lovin'.

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