People at this colonia are quite accustomed to the dirt roads that wind up and down the hills, and you can see many little family homes that cling to the cliff-side. Most families here rely on the small salary they obtain by working at one of the factories in their vicinity. Although these are hard-working folk, their meager budgets can't allow them to travel into the city and pay a veterinarian for the standard cost for sterilization.
Our star husband and wife team: Enrique and Betty Avila, took on the colossal task of bringing EduCan to this community in which they themselves live as well. They began by visiting community centers and elementary schools, as well as kindergarten classrooms. The workshops covered topics such as: Benefits of sterilization and the myths commonly associated with it; Flea and Tick prevention and protecting the family from infectious diseases; Animal Care - Best Practices before and after surgery, among others.
The next step was to hold various Itchy-Scratchy Clinics in which they applied topical flea and tick repellent and administered worm medication to the animals living in the area. Enrique and his wife Betty worked side by side, treating the animals one at a time. They learned a lot from this experience and we are happy to report that many people became interested in sterilizing their animals.
Mr. Enrique Avila was able to obtain permission to use the nearby Kindergarten facility to hold a small sterilization event. The space was quite reduced, but volunteers were especially excited to know that this area would be served. Everyone made the most of the space that was available that day. Three vets worked to sterilize 22 animals, and there are plans to organize repeat clinics to fill the need at Tecolote.
A HUMONGOUS THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT AMC VET HOSPITAL ON HIGHLAND AVENUE!!!
Your generous donations of materials are being used with the very deserving animals of the communities we target for assistance. We cannot tell you enough just how much your support means to us and to the families and animals that we serve. In the pictures you can also see that those e-collars were put to use with many of the animals that were sterilized that day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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|JUST ONE OF THE KITTIES GOING HOME WITH AN E-COLLAR...|
THANKS TO AMC VETERINARY CLINIC!!! :-D