Monday, December 30, 2019

Helping Flipper and Fin Too!

Veterinary student Yohany joined us for many our campañas.
After graduation Dr.Yohany Afonso Pérez was posted to the
All graduates must fulfill a three year work commitment in return for their education.

Meet Aisha
She was born July 2007 in the aquarium.
A few months ago Yohany sent us a message about Aisha.
"She has a purulent secretion in the left hear. 
She also in the last days have been moving her head to the side where we see the infection" 

Dr.Michael Belovich
He is the owner and lead veterinarian at 
Michael is Spanky Project's Veterinary Medical Director.
In consultation a treatment plan developed

The following meds were donated by Dr.Belovich

 TrizEdta Aural 

and a 10 day treatment plan was proposed.
While the meds were awaiting delivery Aisha's trainers went to work.
They prepared her to accept the treatment 
which was on it's way to Havana.
Aisha's Trainer Anibal  prepared her 
to helped the medicine go down.
Once the meds arrive treatment was well received by Aisha.
A short time after delivery of the medications and the treatment Dr.Yohany sent us a message on behalf of the aquarium
"I would like to say how thankful we feel at the aquarium with Spanky people, especially you and Dr Michael for helping us to help our animal health.
Also our trainers are very grateful and thank you. Aisha is doing well now!!!"
On a recent trip to Cuba I had the opportunity to visit the National Aquarium.
The main reason to visit Aisha.
She was one happy sealion.
We are very proud of the graduating students 
who have worked with us. 
We never know where they next call for aid will come from.
We will do our best to help!
Help us help Cubans help their animals.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Giving Tuesday ...

$30 is the cost of one sterilization in our Cuban campañas
We need you to donate, a minimum, $25
CanadaHelps will at add $5
That sterilization will prevent future 
abandoned cats and dogs in Cuba.
Less need for rescues
Today we want to fund 10 sterilization.
We need you on this Giving Tuesday
Donate Now Through!
GivingTuesday 2019 Extra $5 Offer valid beginning December 3, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. Newfoundland Standard Time (NST) through December 3, 2019 at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

La Habana 500

Today, November 16, 2019, is Havana's 500th Anniversary.
The commemoration has taken place throughout 2019
The Spanky Project was part of these celebrations.
In February our goal was to provide sterilizations for 500 dogs/cats and in addition
 500 deparasitizations in separate events.
We even made up buttons to announce our goal.
Our Cuban team came from as far as far away as Guantanamo.
Veterinary students came from as far as Santi Spiritus to join us.
   Caregivers and their pets came from other provinces for the opportunity to have their pets sterilized; a service which is seldom available to them.
Our international team came from Canada, Mexico and the USA.
 Sterilization and education are what the Spanky Project is all about.
Every day at our campañas, while caregivers are waiting for their pets, we offer educational talks on animal care, health and welfare.
It is the path to humane population control and a reduction in the number of
 those abandoned in the streets.
The Spanky Project collaborates with
 They educate and facilitate adoption and rehoming of those rescued from the streets.
 Together we achieved our goals and more.
We blew past our target of 500 with an amazing 628 sterilizations done in 6 days.

 Much has been said in the past couple of weeks about 
Zoonosis (the dog catcher) 
collecting dogs in the streets ahead of the 500th anniversary.
Some of the comments have been sensational and less than truthful.
Zoonosis does have a purpose.
By definition Zoonosis is "a disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals."
I do not agree with the methods of collection and end of life for the street animals.
There is no guarantee these methods will change any time soon.
 Zoonosis supports our work in Habana Vieja.
They provide rabies vaccine 
 Dr.Luis, head of Zoonosis in Habana Vieja ,brings us rabies vaccine and issues the certificates.
This supports their mission, the prevention of transmissible disease.
Though the facts about Zoonosis collecting street dogs ahead of the 500th anniversary are murky, one thing is certain. 
They did not enter the tourist center of Habana Vieja where SP has been working to reduce the population of homeless dogs and cats.
The success of our sterilization campañas are proven in this fact.
STERILZATION and more STERILZATION is the path to less Zoonosis intervention.

Sterilization is what we are all about.
Our feet are on the ground and our hearts are in Cuba.
Help us help Cubans help their animals.
Be a part of our next Campaña.
 February 2020
We are aiming for 500 again.
$30 sponsors a sterilization
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Help us put an end to homeless animals living lives of peril, disease and hunger.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

There Is Always a Challenge!

But, this one is over for another year.
Congratulations to Little Trinity in Toronto.
They won the $10,000 grand prize in the 2019 Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during the 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
12 Canada
2 Australia
1 Cuba (in honour)
1 Netherlands
1 New Zealand
2 UK 

Donations during our special June 2019 appeal, compared to 2018, were up...
.... 45%.
Muchisimas gracias!

We are returning to Trinidad, Cuba.
Our goal for the September Campaña is 250 sterilizations.
We will bring supplies for 350.
This will allow for mini campañas to be conducted afterwards.
These will be done by the local veterinary team
 who would otherwise  not have the needed supplies.

We have sent our paperwork for entry approvals.
The next CHALLENGE is to FUND Trinidad.
Our veterinary medication/supply bill is...
Thanks to our over achieving February campaña,
 where our goal of 500 sterilization resulted in 628...
is not in our account!
Seriously... it takes a village to make these campañas a reality.
Spanky Project Team Trinidad 2018

Become part of our Trinidad Team
Your gift will make a difference.

Friday, June 21, 2019

We Declare ...

BREAKING NEWS: The Spanky Project announces a New Holiday
Last Sunday was Father's Day. 
We declare this coming Sunday, June 23rd, to be 
Just $25 will prevent a male dog or cat from becoming a father to babies he can't support.
The cherry on top? We have an offer of matching funds up to $1000.00!!! 
(offer ends June 30)
Please sponsor a neuter, or two or three, and help us get a two-fer!

Tax receipts for Revenue Canada are issued at Canada Helps.
Also donations made here, in June, give us a chance at a $10,000 prize.
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For those who can take advantage of a USA Tax Receipt....

Spanky Project USA 
is a 501(3) Non Profit

Sunday, June 16, 2019

June's Giving Challenge - 15 down 15 to go!

We are midway through the ....
... and here are the numbers.
After 15 Days! 
Donations received in 8 out of 15 days
16 donations in total
Country by Country
11 Canada
2 Australia
1 Netherlands
1 UK 
Compared to the same period last year!  
We have 1 more donor!
Same number of countries with the Netherlands replacing 
New Zealand.
Good news is we... have already beaten last years final total
 thanks to some a very generous donations.
Every dollar counts and gives us a chance to WIN BIG!
Your donation will make a difference for Cuban animals.
It may even be YOUR dollar that wins us the $10,000.
Donations as little a $3 get us entered.
If the prize comes our way we could sterilize 330 MORE dogs/cats
You can help Cubans help their animals with the Spanky Project.
Be a fundraiser!
There is no cost to you!
Start your own fundraiser to help celebrate a birthday, anniversary,  in memory of a loved one
.. or just because.
It's easy just click the 
"Fundraise Now"
 button and you are on your way,
Fundraise Now Through!
In our February Campaña we sterilized 628 dogs/cats.
This is over a year's worth for us in a single campaña.
We have very few funds in reserve for future campañas.
Trinidad Campaña September 2019 will be here soon.
Help us make it happen!
Consider becoming a monthly donor.
How do you SAVE 100 cats... sterilize one.
This is a kitty we sterilized in Plaza de Armas.
Note the tipped ear. It's our sign she has been sterilized.
She was part of Marta's Colony.
Have a heart .. give today!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Your dollar could win us $10,0000

Help make a difference!
Today begins,
 what could be, 
our biggest fund raising month of the year.
It was last year.
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is on.
Every $1 donated to the Spanky Project in June,
 give us a chance to win $10,0000

37% of those who donated to us through Canada Helps
in 2018 gave during the
Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
26% of our total online donations for 2018 came through
Canada Helps came in June.
A small donation can yield a huge reward. 
Hmmm.... what would we do with $10,000?
We would be able to sterilize an additional 330 dogs/cats.
 Provide many more teaching opportunities for Cuba's veterinary students
Provide specialized surgeries otherwise impossible due to shortages and lack of training. 
Make somebody happy. Make somebody strong
and leave us a message.
Send us an email 
if you have any questions or comments.