Sunday, February 6, 2011

VetTrek - Day 5

Friday December 4, 2010

Esterilización Masiva Gratuita
in La Habana Vieja

They came early.
Some walked. Others came via Bici Taxi.
All were registered, weighed ...
... and prepped.
Clinic Laika is not large.

But the space was maximized.
Five doctors could be working at one time.
As was her custom on this trip, Dr.Travers picked her table and got down to work.

Havana Television was on site documenting the day.
The final surgery of the day was performed by Dr.Belovich.
Note he is doing a "Flank Spay"
under the direction of a top Cuban surgeon.

Despite the seriousness of the work, these campaigns are a fun event
for those donating their time.
Dr.Alexi y Dr.Linda catch up since their last meeting.
Thanks go to Sergio Chan, the Bayer rep in Cuba.
Sergio delivered donated supplies from Bayer and ..
some of the best burgers I have ever had in Cuba

14 Dog 4 Cats
Yes, it was a modest morning number wise.
This day will lead to ever increasing numbers.

A sizable contribution to our donated supplies came from
Codman, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

Photo:Michael Belovich
It was good to see patients had a ride home.

We, on the other hand, "hoofed" it.

After a short break at our hotel we were off to explore Old Havana.
Meet Niña or Canela ...
... depending on who or where you are.
She is a street dog that gets love and care from some of the locals in Habana Vieja. We had seen Canela earlier in the trip. She was cruising Plaza Vieja and her deformed leg caught our eye from across the square.
The gentleman seated in the photo told us someone had apparently kicked her a couple of years ago and broke her leg.

Our trio of Vets gave her a close look and she is no worse for wear.
She keeps the paw off the ground when walking on her three good legs.
So there is no abrasive damage.
The consensus was removal would likely allow her to get around better.
It would be great to find her a home.

Canela and her "posse" were parked across from our detination ...
Taller de Serigrafía René Portocarrero
Here I met Cuban artist Yainiel Martinez.
Located at Calle Cuba #513 it is a screen print work shop where young Cuban artists can produce their works.

Prints are priced from 30CUC.
I did come home with a series of three.

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