We had been here back in 2011 and 2012, but there was not much interest in sterilization. [SEE "ONE OF OUR BIGGEST OBSTACLES"]. Cristina showed much initiative and soon gathered a small team of 6 diligent people. We scheduled activities for March and April 2016, beginning with community workshops locally, as well as interactive lessons at the local elementary and middle schools. From the get-go both children and adults were told they must attend at least one of the workshops in order to obtain free parasite treatment for their animals and to reserve a spot at the upcoming sterilization clinic. The response was fantastic. We discussed themes such as: "How to keep you pet and your home parasite-free; The truth about sterilization--debunking old myths and highlighting the benefits; What exactly are ticks and how can they transmit the deadly disease: Rickettsia?", among others.
(At I.S. clinics trained volunteers administer deworming medication, flea/tick medicine, clean eyes/ears, clip nails if needed, and tend to minor cuts. Special cases are screened and referred to our HSTJ Vet clinic for free treatment. This is done to prepare the animals for surgery in the coming week. All of this is free, and dog/cat food is distributed when we have sufficient donations.)
We now wish extend a very special and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone over at AMC Vet on Telegrapgh Canyon Rd. because without their generous donation of supplies this Itchy-Scratchy clinic would definitely not have been possible. Their response to our plea came at the most opportune time. Another big THANK YOU to MR Industrial Plumbing Inc. for their support of the Spring Raffle which helped cover most of the clinic expenses. Please know that your help touched the lives of all those animals, plus many more to come. THANK YOU!!!
During the entire PANAMERICANO project, Cristina and 5 other new volunteers learned the ropes. We are very happy to welcome these six people as new active HSTJ volunteers:
Cristina Marin, Lupita Diggs, Jairo Tovar Atreaga, Noe Martinez, and Alvaro & Imelda Marin.
Dr. Gayle Roberts, Dr. Dulce Velazquez, Dr. Mike Constantine, Dr. Herlendi López Morales, Dr. Jose Manuel Gomez, and Dr. Ernesto Quevedo.
The remaining animals will be sterilized at a follow-up event, and those with means of transportation were referred to the HSTJ Center for free immediate sterilization. (At locations such as this, we set up a mobile clinic in an adequate location, such as a community center or a school. All medical supplies, materials and equipment are transported to and from clinic sites by local Mexican HSTJ volunteers.)
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