Thursday, December 31, 2020

Say Goodbye to 2020


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From our Spanky Family to yours
 we wish you a 
VAMOS 2021

Monday, November 30, 2020


We got off to a great start in 2020 with 522 sterilization toward our goal of 1000.
February Campaña Tour
Then COVID hit the world.
Two of our campañas were canceled,
Looking forward to 2021 we will have to make up for lost time.
As of today we plan to be back in Havana early in the new year.
Then two more campañas.

Help us...


Please consider a donation on this GIVING TUESDAY.
Only on December 1st, CanadaHelps will add $2 to every one-time donation of $20 or more, up to a maximum of $30,000. 

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Sunday, November 1, 2020


Earth Cries... Heaven Smiles
Justo Lopez
The world has lost a great human.
It is with tremendous sadness we share with you the passing of JUSTO

Martha Oneida Pèrez Cortès - Havana Cuba
President of  Sociedad Civil Patrimonio, Comunidad y Medio Ambiente
Triste noticia, pero lo recordaremos siempre como refleja la fotografìa, alegre, dispuesto a apoyar y amante de los animales.
(Sad news, but we will always remember him as reflected in the photograph, cheerful, supportive and a lover of animals.)
A dear friend and Team Spanky family member since 2006.
I was first introduced to Justo in 2006 by Profesora Amparo Lopez. She headed up the Dulce Maria Loynaz group. They were an animal welfare working group at the University of Havana and one of Spanky Project's first collaborations. Justo, her cousin, joined us in a deworming session at one of the university garages.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating dry kibble.
Justo tried his best to coax the dogs into eating kibble
His charm, grace and passion was evident that first meeting.
Since then we were family. He would call me "Primo" in our emails.
The Spanky Project has seen many come and go. 
Justo was a constant and will forever be in our hearts.
He was "Our Man in Havana"
The calming presence at the registration desk for nervous caregivers.

The greeter of generous travellers donating supplies.

Translator, comedian, singer...
The biggest Doris Day fan in all of Cuba.
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
 but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
- Maya Angelou
Erni Alvarez Gonzalez- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Lamentable pérdida para el equipo Spanky.
 EPD amigo Justo en Trinidad siempre te recordaremos."
(Sad loss for the Spanky team.
 RIP friend Justo in Trinidad we will always remember you.)

Fiona Jane Wilson- Trinidad, Cuba
Oh, so sad. An absolute gentleman. Much loved by all of us at 
What a loss for the Spanky community.

Aytekin Yilmazer - Vienna Austria
"Oh nooo 😢
He was just a nice guy, always friendly and smiling.
He will be missed" 

Dr.Michael Belovich - Toronto Canada

Spanky Project Medical Director - Owner Yonge Street Animal Hospital
"To be so kind and so generous after having lived through

 such harsh time.
He is such an inspiration.I wish more people could learn from him."

Elena Nordby- Trinidad Cuba
Oficina del Conservador de Trinidad y su Valle de los Ingenios.
"Mi más sentido pésame a su familia,cuanto siento esa gran persona,
lo extrañaremos muchos en las campañas EPD"
(My deepest condolences to his family,
how much I feel that great person, 
we will miss him very much in the campaigns RIP)
Holding "court" in Trinidad

Maître d' at our 15th Anniversary party.

We now offer a photo montage of our dear Justo.

Did we mention singer?
Justo in fine form.
We love you!
¡Adios Primo!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

And The Prize Goes to...

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is over for another year.
The $20,000 grand prize winner was randomly drawn on July 1st, Canada Day!
Congratulations to Sistering A-Woman's Place.
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. 
As a women’s organization, their focus is on changing social conditions for women and trans people in all their diversity, through programs guided by the principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression.

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during June's 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
18 Canada
2 Australia
2 UK
1 Mexico
We received 24 donations.  
That's up three from last year..

With a pandemic gripping the world our best laid plans have changed.
The Oficina del Conservador de la Ciudad de Trinidad  
 has cancelled our December campaña and most other public programs for the remainder of 2020
At this time! ...
We are hoping for campañas in ...
Havana - December (resheduled from September)
Trinidad 2021

We have been told to plan for Trinidad, Cuba in 2021.
Sterilization and deparasitizations
Our surgery is of the highest standard.
Education is a cornerstone of our work in building sustainability.
Public education is also crucial.
We collaborated with the public school next to our campaña to increase awareness of animals in the community.
Again we will bring art supplies.
Children create drawings about caring for animals.  
We look forward to reuniting our team and welcoming new members to the Spanky Family.
Spanky Project Team Trinidad 2019

In February we arrived, in Havana, with our entire “controlled drug’ supply for 2020. 
We pre-positioned $13,545.32 worth of anaesthesia, sedation and pain control medications.
This will be sufficient for our goal of 1000 spay/neuters in 2020. 
We like to prepare for the unexpected.. like a "PANDEMIC".
Medications are in place for our goal of 1000 spay/neuters in 2020.
We sterilized 522 in February... only 488 to go!

Join us by sponsoring a spay for $30
Become a monthly donor for a little as $5 / month.
Over the year that funds two sterilizations.
Your gift will make a huge impact going forward.
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For Canadians donations by Interac e-Transfer...
... can be sent using the email

Our mailing address is..
Spanky Project
172 Main St.
Suite 301
Picton ON  K0K 2T0

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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”


Monday, June 29, 2020

Can you spare $3? Only hours left to win us $20,000

Yes Nala!
June is almost over and the Great Canadian Giving Challenge will be done for another year.
Every dollar donated gives us one more chance at $20,000.
A minimum donation of $3 is all it takes.

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Going into the final day here is the score.
Donations received in 13 of 29 days.
2 - Australia
15 -Canada {BC 4, MB, ON 7, QC, NS 2}
2 - Great Britain
1- USA
0- the rest of the world. 
The draw is on July 1!
With $20,000 we can do more than 666 spay/neuters
What a difference your $3 could make!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Un-Fathers Day II

Last year the Spanky Project announced a New Holiday
Last Sunday was Father's Day. 
We declare this coming Sunday, June 28, to be our second annual "UnFathers Day" 

Your donation will help prevent a male dog or cat from becoming a father to babies he can't support.
And the bonus opportunity is every dollar donated, until the 30th, gives us a chance to win $20,000 in the 
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Instant tax receipts for Revenue Canada are issued through Canada Helps.
Also donations made here, in June, give us a chance at a $20,000 prize.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

$20k to be won in June 2020

Help make a difference!
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is here! For the entire month of June, every $1 you donate to us through or qualifies us to win $20,000! 
The more you give, the more chances for us to win!

Thank you to all who gave to the Spanky Project during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2019.
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 

*There are 188 more countries in the world. 
Is yours one of them?

Monday 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 $20,0000

36% of donations to us, through Canada Helps,
in 2019 came during the
Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
A small donation can yield a huge reward. 

Hmmm.... what would we do with $20,000?
We would be able to sterilize 660 dogs/cats

 Provide many more teaching opportunities for 
Cuba's veterinary students
Provide more opportunities for iternational collaboration and exchanges of knowledge. 

Make somebody happy. Make somebody strong

Starting Monday !!!!!!!!
if you have any questions or comments.
Send us a photo of your pet helping you donate.
We will share it.
Thank you ALL for helping Cubans help their animals.