Five years ago, the local “gringos” decided to start a spay and neuter clinic. We let the town name the organization,, and “PAAR” was born (Programa Animales Al Rescate Telchac Puerto). Since then, we’ve put on numerous spay and neuter clinics and it has made a big difference in our town.
We attend this event every year, and it is a lot of fun. A lot of work, but also a lot of fun. All year long we raise funds with our friends here in Mexico to spay and neuter as many animals as we can. This year, we’ve raised enough money to have three separate clinics. Yesterday, over 75 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered. We had enough money to provide immunizations as well. This year, Jan and I brought six dogs in for their operation and named them all after drinks. We had Tequila, Margarita, Tia Maria, Rum Chata, Corona, and Johnny Walker.
The goal of the clinics is not only to provide a large volume of free, high quality sterilizations, but also to train local veterinarians and animal advocacy groups how to implement their own ongoing spay and neuter efforts-thus working toward permanent local based solutions.
Many of the vets that volunteer their time here are students, trying to gain some experience as veterinarians. Yesterday, they stood for hours on an outdoor basketball court operating on animal after animal. It truly is an inspiration to watch these students provide such loving care, and to do it for hours on end without a break. It reminds me a lot of the M*A*S*H* episodes when the group of doctors are doing surgeries.
One local girl was particularly interested. She was around 8 or 9 years old and she watched the doctor place the doctor on the operating table and secure the dog’s legs with bungee cords to the table. When the first incision was made, she made a face and looked away, but her curiosity soon got the better of her, and she turned her attention back to the operation. While the doctor performed the surgery, she looked on. I thought it was interesting how interested she was, and that this event might even inspire her to study veterinarian care or medicine in general. You never know.
I know that there are a lot of causes out there to donate to, but if you can find some extra pesos laying around, I can personally vouch for what a great organization this is and how much it directly improves the community.