Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday

It has been a while since we have had a 

Below are items that can be purchased and delivered by you to Cuba.
We have partners in several locals.

Ketchum 50D 7digit Tattoo Clamp.
We tattoo all pet dogs and cats.
3/16" Characeter Set 0-9 A-Z
Letters & Numbers 4mm
50 mL. 1% Ivomec
Injection for Cattle and Swine
Dosed at a rate of 1/10 cc per lb. this product goes a long way.
Ivomec is a brand name ivermectin product.
Other brand names include Noramectin and Bimectin.
USA  $34.95
 UK £14.57 + VAT
Broad spectrum solution for treating intestinal parasites in dogs at a lower cost

 UK £1.60 treats 10kg
Surgical Gloves sizes all sizes 
We hand these out as a thank you to veterinarians and students that volunteer at our campañas.
Canada $4.79
UK £7.19
Oster #40 Clipper Blades
USA $18.31 on Sale
USA $29.30
UK £25.00 (Including VAT at 20%)
Australia 47.97
Broad spectrum anthelmintic (wormer) for dogs.
This is a low cost alternative to a leading brand name.
Australia AU$135.95
AU ebay  AU $144.31
Hot water bottles.
While under anaesthesia body temperatures drop.
Hot water bottles placed next to the patient help speed recovery.
Epson Stylus NX430 printer ink cartridges
-for delivery to Havana-
Please don't find yourself limited to the above items.
Grooming equipment (Shavers, brushes, scissors, shampoo, nail clippers, combs, etc)
Scrub shirts and pants volunteers.

You may find inspiration in some of our past
If you have any question sent us an email.

Destination delivery details will be provided via email.
We have contacts in
Havana - Varadero - Trinidad - Jibacoa (soon)

Thank you for your support.
Every delivery, no matter how big or small, has a positive impact.

One final wish!
We have received a generous donation of cat traps and transfer cages.
These will be a priceless addition to our December TNR in Havana.
But we need to get them there.
Air Transat may help us with some free cargo space.
If not, we will need another way to get them to either Havana or Varadero.
If need be we will have to pay full freight.
One by one may be an option.
If you are flying out of Toronto and have a second bag allowance you are not using 
we could use your help.
Air Canada and Cubana allow two free bags into Havana.
WestJet allows a second bag for a fee ($20) into Varadero.
   The traps look like the one above.
8 lbs        10”x10”x27.5”

We have seven other boxes ....
  30 lbs        20”x20”x31”
    32 lbs        14”x26”x32.5”
    29 lbs        20”x20”x27.5”
    29 lbs        20”x20”x27.5”
 32 lbs        20”x20”x31”
 32 lbs        20”x20”x31”
  32 lbs        20”x20”x31”
... if you have connections at Air Canada, Cubana, WestJet or a cargo company.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thank You Vet Techs

In North America it's
 National Veterinary Technician Week.
 NVTW Press Release
Technologists and technicians enhance the quality of animal and human life through their dedication to the well being of the animals placed in their care. In Canada and the United States, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Veterinary Technician Week and in some provinces, National Animal Health Technologist Week.
Thank you to those Vet Techs that took time to help the Spanky Project.

Whether it be Havana, San Jose de las Lajas, San Miguel del Padron or Jibacoa
they are there by our side.

We thank you for your caring and your commitment.

Thanks also go to the young Cubans that are working toward a Veterinary career

Cheers to you too Krystal.
Krystal traveled to Havana with us in 2012.
Before and after that Krystal was on the Yonge Street Animal Hospital Team.
Her prep work for each and every one of Cuba campaigns was immeasurable.
Krystal is now in Hong Kong for a three year stint.
with her fiancee Alex.

We miss you!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Follow Us

As we lead up to the Spanky Project’s 10th Anniversary in December we have had a flurry of activity filled with joy, disappointment and anticipation.

On the disappointment level, a late October trip to Havana has been cancelled. We did not receive all the necessary permissions in a timely manner.

Visas were in place as was the permission to enter with “donations”.

Donations being all our supplies which for this trip were valued at over $7000.00. The supplies were to be used in our four planned sterilization campañas. Also some of these supplies were to be pre-positioned for our December TNR for Cats.

This is a follow up to our highly successful TNR in October of 2012.
The missing permission needed from the 
Institute of Veterinary Medicine 
was tied up in their bureaucracy. 

We simply could not wait any longer.

In addition to the campañas we were also slated to hold a presentation ceremony at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Havana for the two anaesthesia machines which were delivered in September.

So, our focus now turns to December.

Leading up to the December TNR we will keep you informed of our plans and related stories.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
Follow us on Twitter.

There will be some great stories about our Cuban partners. 
One being Dra.Rocio . 
She, as a result of our 2012 TNR, has become known as the go to Vet in Havana for all things feline.

We are in need of your support to continue our work.

The Spanky Project works with individuals as well as our partner clinics
 for the betterment of animal welfare.
We have no corporate sponsors. 
We rely on kind, caring and generous individuals to fund our programs.

Help us help Cubans help their animals.

You can donate online through the CanadaHelps.
Be sure to note Spanky Project in the "message/instructions" field.

Cheques can be sent to ...
Mackenzie-Papineau Memorial Fund
Attention - Sharon Skup
56 Riverwood Terrace
Bolton, ON L7E 1S4

Please write Spanky Project on the memo line.

Canadians will receive a tax receipt.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CBC Reports On PayPal

Regulars to this blog will remember PayPal shutting down our account in June.
Wayne Anderson, one of our FaceBook Group members alerted the
CBC,Canada's National Broadcaster, to our plight.
Jeff Semple of the CBC contacted me and asked for some details followed later by and interview.

The story first appeared October 1st. on Toronto's CBC New:Toronto at 6:00.
Here is a link to the full show. Jeff's story is at the 14:47 mark.
We and other Canadian have felt the long arm of USA regulations reach into Canada.

Our friend at APAC-Varadero were also cut off.
Grace Waszkiewicz makes several good points in her interview from Edmonton.
PayPal believes we are in violation of US regulations.
We beg to differ.
Stay tuned for further developments and action.

Watch the segment and join the discussion.
We have a late October trip planned.
The supplies have been purchased ($7000.00+) and packed.
We have come up short on fund raising in the amount of $1200.00.
 We need your help.

We are, now, happy to receive credit card donations through

Click here to donate.
Please note Spanky Project on the "message/instructions line"