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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Thailand: 50,000 spay/neuters and a tribute to a good friend



By Soi Dog Foundation – May 2013 Newsletter


Little black haired Haa Sip (50 in Thai) left his mark on history (and the vets left a mark on him!) when he became the 50,000th animal to be sterilized since Soi Dog started in late 2003. Performing the historic deed were two of our resident veterinarians Dr Su and Dr Che. Haa Sip is from Thepkasatri district in Phuket.

Soi Dog Vice-President John Dalley said the Foundation hopes at its current rate to sterilize 100,000 animals in around three years time. In its first year Soi Dog sterilized just over 1000 animals.

Mr. Dalley said: “The current mobile clinic programme on Phuket, working closely with the province’s local authorities, aims to have the island’s stray population under control in two years and to continue the province’s rabies free status.”

Soi Dog is discussing with the Department of Livestock in Bangkok introducing a national programme based on Soi Dog’s activities on Phuket. Thailand has pledged to eradicate rabies by 2020 in accordance with ASEAN agreements. Large populations of unvaccinated and unsterilized street dogs makes the eradication of rabies virtually impossible and we are hoping that a national programme can be established in the interest of both animal and human welfare.


Tribute to Jeanne Marchig:


Soy Dog dedicated this newsletter to Jeanne Marchig, a generous supporter of Soi Dog Foundation and numerous small animal charities throughout the world, who passed away in early May of this year.


Said Soi Dog Vice President John Dalley at her passing: “We at Soi Dog are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Madame Jeanne Marchig. Through the Marchig Trust she established in 1989 she has enabled countless smaller animal charities like Soi Dog Foundation to progress and continue their work, and in 2011 she funded the innovative cat hospital that bears her name at the Soi Dog center. Also in 2011 Gill and I were very humbled to receive the annual Marchig trust award for services to animal welfare, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of animal welfare.”

We shall miss her.


To read the rest of this issue of the Soi Dog newsletter, click here. (Caution, some photos may be disturbing.)


Photos: Soi Dog Foundation

Costa Rica: A second chance for Katrina





By Davide Ulivieri

Cycle 4 Strays


Her coat had once been shiny and white, but now was matted and streaked with grease. Her ribs showed and she was panting in the sticky tropical heat. Still, she smiled. She ambled inside the indoor Futból 5 stadium where we were hosting a local spay and neuter clinic without hesitation, eyes bright and tongue hanging sideways.


She drank at length from the water bowl we promptly offered and let us gently nudge her inside a pet carrier. Less than half an hour later she started to stir, waking up from the anesthesia, spayed, vaccinated, nails trimmed, dewormed and Frontlined. Her surgery had lasted not quite three minutes, one of Dr. Rivas best times ever.


We gently loaded her onto the back seat of a small sedan and drove her to Carla’s home to give her a chance to rest and recover.


The next morning she wolfed down a nice helping of food and introduced herself to the other resident dogs with such playful enthusiasm that they cheerfully accepted her as the new member of the gang.


We named her Katrina and promptly set out to find her a good, permanent home.


Young and energetic she played, ate, rested then played some more. When she slept, she did so soundly snoring softly and twitching her legs, lost in doggie dreams. Overnight, she went from dodging cars, scavenging for food in the gutters, curling up to fend off the chill of the night to the life that every sentient being should have…



When we invest our resources in preventing suffering, we turn off the flow of puppies and kittens slowing it to a trickle, one that is easier to handle.


Low cost mass spay and neuter does exactly that…


When you support our programs, you extend a helping hand to dogs like Katrina, making sure that she won’t contribute to creating another generation of homeless beings.


…Without animal welfare, there is no community welfare and, vice versa, our own welfare begins with theirs.


Less than $20 does it. It covers the cost of Katrina’s surgery, her vaccines and deworming treatment. It prevents misery and suffering. It gives hope to the hardworking volunteers that tirelessly continue their advocacy work, delivering without asking anything, simply because they care, because it is the right thing to do.


Thank you on behalf of Katrina and her never-to-be-born puppies. Deep down in her heart she is forever grateful. And so are we, grateful that is. Help us continue to do the right thing: one community, one surgery, one Katrina at a time.



To read this story in its entirety, as well as other success stories on the SNIP website, click here.



Photo: Courtesy of SNIP