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



Thailand: Excerpts from Soi Dog’s New Year’s message

Debra and Domino
Debra and Domino

By John Dalley, Soi Dog Foundation

…2012 has sped past but as in every previous year more than ever has been achieved through your support. As always it has been a year filled with both heartache and joy.

January saw the last of the dogs rescued during the Bangkok floods returned, and at Phuttamonthon (Dog Island), we fulfilled our promise to rebuild the shelter there which was destroyed during the floods.


The very sick dogs all went to Soi Dog’s shelter in Phuket. The great news is that all those dogs have now been rehomed overseas.

Domino was taken from Phuttamonthon after a supporter spotted him on a video.

Domino is an adorable, vulnerable little guy and his departure for the UK will be an emotional one.  Committed shelter volunteer Chris and Domino are especially close and Chris is already planning a trip to the UK to see him in his new home.

In June we commenced the PUP programme on Phuket (Prevent Unwanted Puppies). This ambitious programme, supported by the UK based Dogs Trust International and private donors, sees us systematically holding mobile clinics in each area of the island. The aim is to sterilize 10,000 dogs per year over the next two years, with follow up clinics in year three, which will see the dog population in Phuket under control.

A record 10,692 dogs and cats were sterilized in 2012 preventing untold misery for thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens. Sterilization remains Soi Dog’s prime objective with a target of 15,000 per year in 2013…

rescued pups
rescued pups


Ending the illegal trade in dogs from Thailand to Vietnam has been the biggest challenge of the year. Both stopping the trade and providing for the thousands of dogs intercepted by the authorities has been a huge challenge…I would like to thank the hundreds of supporters who have risen to the challenge of caring for these dogs by becoming members of the Magic 1000 club. Donations to the Magic 1000 go solely to providing food for these dogs but we must still recruit many more members to maintain supplies…

The progress made in Thailand this past 18 months is well beyond my expectations.

Thank you for your support. 2013 is sure to bring many new challenges and with your help we can meet them.


Editor’s note: To read the New Year’s message by John Dalley, of Soi Dog Foundation, in its entirety, click here.  At the end is the link to a touching and inspiring video.  (Caution, there are some graphic images at the beginning of the video.)  Hope was rescued from the dog trade and has a very happy ending.

Photos: Courtesy of Soi Dog Foundation

Costa Rica: SNIP is up and running

gato mirando comprimida

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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