Thursday, February 25, 2016

In August I wrote about The Trujillo Pet Project as we were getting started.   Since then we have held a Vaccination Clinic in El Parque Central the third Saturday of every month.  We have grown from just four dogs to as many as eleven.

This weekend we not only had a Vaccination Clinic, we had a two-day Spay/Neuter Clinic with the help of Dr. Santiago Soto, a veterinarian from Roatan.  We were able to spay and neuter several cats and dogs.  Dr Soto also did two cancer surgeries and debrided and sutured an infected, old laceration on one dog.  He checked several sick animals and advised their owners on how to care for them.  We supplied needed medications at well below cost.

For our Spay/Neuter Clinic we were allowed to use a classroom at INFOP, a local school.  As an operating table, we were using a folding table set up on paving blocks, which was what we had available.  We need an operating table, and Macho man can build us one for under $150 USD.  Now,  we just need to raise the money.
The INFOP Logo.  We were fortunate they allowed us to use a classroom.
The waiting room

Nelda Barrett and Dr. Santi Soto doing surgery to remove a cancer from a dog's tongue and from around its carotid artery. Note our operating table.  Those are paving stones from the street project we used to raise the table for Dr Soto.
Jackie Lozinsky and Dr. Soto, with a family of very happy kitty owners.  Both kitties were spayed and came through the surgery without any problems
We are providing much needed services at a greatly reduced price to people who cannot afford to travel 2½ hours to the nearest veterinarian.  The difference between what we charge the people, what the vet charges, and the cost of supplies is paid out of the donations you give, and out of our own pockets. The suture material alone this weekend ran about $200. Then there were medications, anesthesia, gloves, gauze, antiseptics, cleaning materials, etc. 

We want to do another Spay/Neuter Clinic in April, but we need help to keep this up. Most of us are retired and have limited funds.  If you or a group you belong to are looking for a good cause to sponsor, this is a good cause.  Even the smallest amount goes a long way and helps a lot of people and their animals in our community.  If you can make it a monthly amount, that would be wonderful.  If it is only a one time amount that will be wonderful, too.  We appreciate all the help you give.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had about the most fun I have had in Honduras in the past six years. I was able to use skills assisting the doctor that I have not used since I stopped nursing.  It was a surprise to me how quickly they came back.  

We were blessed to have Dr. Soto with us this weekend.