Costa Rica: Spay and neuter at Mutt Ranch (Territorio de Zaguates)



Crossposted from the newsletter of SNIP (Spay neuter international project)

As previously announced, we were determined to find a way to support Territorio de Zaguates since they do an amazing job of rescuing, rehabbing and adopting dogs from the streets into loving families.

At SNIP we wish to contribute by offering free spay and neuter procedures for those dogs who are deemed ready for adoption. Territorio de Zaguate does such a fantastic job of giving these pets a second chance that we are honored to be a part of the process.

Thanks to the amazing efforts of PawFect Pet Services of Omaha, NE, we were able to raise the $500 needed to get the program up and running and spay/neuter the first group of happy Zaguatistas!

This is a program that we wish to keep going, offering regularly scheduled spay/neuter clinics at the Ranch in order to boost the adoption rate: every adoption opens a slot for a new stray! By contributing to the surgery cost you are helping place a dog in a home, while enabling these amazing volunteers to pull a stray from the street at the same time. Our very own 2 for 1 Doggie Special!

Become a Zaguatista yourself!

If you wish to sponsor Mutt Ranch on a regular (monthly) basis, please do let us know…

Photo: Courtesy of SNIP


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Costa Rica: Homeless people line up to get their pets spayed/neutered



By SNIP  (Spay Neuter International Project)

We are very happy to report that we have completed our first two spay & neuter clinics!


Barrio Nuevo is one of those poor neighborhoods so common in developing nations. These Barrios originated a while back as shantytowns, a clutter of simple shacks made of flattened oil drums, plywood, aluminum sheets, plastic tarps and whatever recycled construction materials the “developer” was able to put his hands on at the time.

They first attracted the poorest of the poor, most often former Campesinos (farmers) who left the rural areas of their countries for the big city, in hope of escaping poverty and hunger.

In Costa Rica, the capital is surrounded by such Precarios, neighborhoods that were once temporary as their name indicates, but that are now well established components of the Central Valley, where the big city of San José lies.

Junior, a homeless man who calls the streets of Barrio Nuevo his home, is well aware of the challenges that every resident faces. He spends the day looking for work and caring for several of the furry wanderers that follow him around, wagging happily in the sticky tropical heat.

One dog in particular is very attached to him. Bigotica, which roughly translates to “Costa Rican moustache”, decided that Junior needed a guardian angel and takes her role very seriously, never leaving his side. When Junior heard over the Coconut Telegraph – the grapevine, as it is nicknamed around here- that the SNIP Foundation and the Asociación Nacional Protectora de los Animales (ANPA) were organizing the first ever spay and neuter clinic in his neck of the woods, he made sure to be first in line on the morning of the event.

“I know firsthand what the dogs have to do to stay alive here. We need a lot of things in Barrio Nuevo, but one thing we do not need is more puppies suffering in the streets”, says Junior as we check his beloved Bigotica in.

At the end of a very long day, after many Juniors came and left cradling their spayed/neutered pets in their arms, we sat down feeling beat and yet proud of what we had accomplished. Now the challenge is to follow up, continuing with our outreach education efforts and promoting responsible ownership.

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Photo: Courtesy of SNIP



Costa Rica: SNIP is up and running

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By Carla Ferraro, Founder and Director of SNIP

I´m excited to share some really good news with you.  For the past few months I have been hard at work setting up a new organization with a proprietary spay and neuter protocol that can be replicated in many communities in the developing world.

This organization is called SNIP: Spay Neuter International Project.

The main objective is to provide training and financial aid for mass, low-cost spay and neuter clinics as well as educational programs aimed at communities in developing nations.  The need is urgent: there are thousands of communities without access to veterinary care and low-cost spay and neuter programs, resulting in thousands of animals breeding, living and dying in deplorable conditions.

Please visit our website and “Like” us on Facebook under SnipFoundation.

Thanks again for your interest and support: together we can change the destiny of millions of animals, focusing our efforts on prevention, rescue and adoption.

Photo: Courtesy of SNIP

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