Friday, April 6, 2018

Chao 2017

September found us back at our Havana campaña home located at Quinta de Los Molinos
Set up days can be a bit of bore.
But at the Spanky Project we aim to make them as pleasant as possible.
Here Audrey, Spanky Project USA President, provides cheese and cracker service.
.. and hosts a little "fashion show".

After set up we were down to the serious business of getting to our diner spot.
The next day it was down to business.
The campaña was opened with greetings by
Martha Oneida Pérez Cortés
SPCMA are our coordinating Cuban structure.
All patients are pre-registered and given time slots for their surgery.
There is always a group of early arrivers to process once the gates are opened.
 A big thank you goes to Blandine Jochem.
Coming to us from France via Colorado she was one of our international team.
She worked the registration desk with Justo...

... and also did spanish translation for us.
Including ...
...translations during interviews with Cuban media.
The Spanky Project is so much more than just a 
spay/neuter machine.
Our campañas are a place for education, training and investigation.
Indira Castillo Iglesias first joined our campañas in 2016 as a veterinary student.
This campaña Dra. Indira Castillo joined our team as a surgeon.
Dr.Viacheslav Eduardovich Zenkov holds an "Ask the Vet" session.
During campañas we offer caregivers informative sessions on a variety of pet related topics.
Doctors Anaeli Morales and Julio Martin, 
from the University of Havana, 
take blood samples from the cats in our campaña.
They are investigating blood borne diseases in Cuban cats.
Our campañas have come a long way since the kitchen tables and garages of 2003.
Our surgical protocols are second to none.
Our campaña weeks usually end with a free mass deparasitiztion event.
They show up early for a free deparasization and rabies vaccine.
The weather was on the rainy side so moved in doors.
Dra.Marina Galindo Chenard (all smiles) also worked with us as a student.
This campaña she was back as a veterinarian.
As was Dr.Ernesto
And once the last patient, for the week, was served it was off to the wrap party.
Our second mass campaña for 2017 was in the books
We had 20 veterinarians work on the campaña.
10 from Havana
4 from Mantanzas
1 Cuban veterinarian now residing in Qatar
1 each from Turkey and the Netherlands
34 veterinary students
4 veterinary technicians
5 translators
7 volunteers
Our total sterilizations for the campaña totalled 207
35 San Jose de las Lajas
172 Havana
Kisses and best wishes to all those who supported the work in Cuba
Once the campañas are over and I take that last walk through Habana Vieja I reflect on the week and what was... and at the same time planning for the campaña is on my mind.
And as always I do Camila Cabello one better... my whole heart is in "Havana-oh na na".
2017 by the numbers…
February World Spay Day Week  283
May Mini- Campaña                   15
August Mini- Campaña               15

October Mass Campaña
 San Jose de las Lajas 35
Havana                                       172

We average our costs at $30 per sterilization

2017 = $15,600

For 2018 our goal is 750 sterilization.

2018 = $22,500

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