Many Communities and Organizations make it happen!
The Mex-Can Vet Project is a part of a much bigger effort that requires volunteers from many different organizations and communities in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Here in Canada, we are grateful to have the support of so many clients of McKenzie Veterinary Services, other local vet clinics, animal lovers in the Greater Victoria area and generous donations from our veterinary supply companies. We hope to inspire vets and staff other veterinary clinics in North America to participate in this project.
We work with several organizations:
Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue, operates in the towns of La Penita, Guayabitos, Los Ayala and various smaller barrios in Jaltemba Bay . In addition to organizing twice yearly free spay and neuter clinics, this group works throughout the year providing veterinary care for needy animals and also operates a small animal shelter from which we obtain most of our dogs for adoption in Canada. JBAR was founded by Lin Chimes and her husband Jim Stewart, who in addition to managing their beachfront guesthouse Casa Contenta , devote much of their time to helping animals, fund raising and organizing local volunteers from USA, Canada and Mexico for the clinics.
One of JBAR’s hardest working volunteers is Lacy Mutch, who is the tireless streetworker for JBAR. Lacy helps rescue dogs and cats, is the liason with with local vets, and works closely with Celia Brambila who operates the shelter to find homes for rescued animals. Allyson Williams promotes the work of JBAR through her website Jaltemba Bay Life which is the best site to find out what is happening in the Jaltemba Bay area. Countless other dedicated volunteers perform key roles in ensuring the clinics get set up and run smoothly. Each of the four-day-long clinics requires 30 to 40 volunteers to have everything go well.
Lin and Jim founded JBAR in 2006 after losing one of their beloved rescued street dogs to poisoning. Until recently the almost certain future of homeless street cats and dogs was grim. Population control was achieved by broadcasting poison in the streets. Animals also suffer from infectious viral and bacterial diseases, heavy burden of parasites and tick borne diseases such as Ehrliciosis. While this area is popular holiday area for Mexicans, Canadians and Americans alike, for average people in this area, spaying and neutering, treating mange and internal parasites and preventing diseases has not been accessible or affordable. Basic animal husbandry, disease prevention and veterinary care which we take for granted for our pets in Canada, had been generally lacking.
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But so much has changed for the better since JBAR volunteers started their work. There are far fewer instances of poisoning and sick dogs and cats are not seen as often in the streets or on the beaches. Sick puppies and kittens begging for food are less common. Since 2006, JBAR has organized 16 clinics and to date sterilized about 3,300 dogs and cats. This has made a huge difference to the lives of pets and people in this area! At every clinic, each dog receives a new collar and leash and so it is now common to see owners walking their pets on leashes, rather than have dogs roaming the streets. Still there are many homeless street and beach animals and so much more to do.
Pets For Life
Pets For Life is a veterinary organization based in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The Pets For Life veterinary team is basically a three to four person mobile animal surgical hospital (M*A*S*H*) which performs spay and neuter clinics in neighbourhoods and towns in Nayarit, Jalisco and a few other Mexican states. They devote their efforts to spay and neuter project to help reduce the overpopulation of homeless animals on the streets, beaches and farms.
For each clinic, JBAR requires donations of $2000 US to cover the Pets for Life vet team’s salaries, transportation, surgical supplies, meals and accommodation. The team consists of veterinarians Dr. Anthony Garcia and Dr. Poly Lopez, and Paulina Stettner who is the clinic director and aneththesia technician. They are a skilled and efficient surgical team and we learn a lot from their knowledge and expertise in veterinary medicine and surgery at the clinics. Mexi-Can Vet Project vet and vet technican volunteers from Canada and the United States add extra trained veterinary help and supplies so that the clinic in Jaltemba Bay can perform up to 300 surgeries during clinics.
To donate to Pets for Life or sponsor an entire spay/neuter clinic in Mexico,
Local Veterinarians in Jaltemba Bay
One of the best changes to have happened in Jaltemba Bay the past two years is that more small animal veterinarians have opened practices in this area so now there additional veterinary care for animals locally. This means that while there is still a need for the twice annual JBAR clinics, now pets and strays can receive local veterinary care throughout the year! JBAR uses donations to help cover the cost of veterinary care of any sick or injured animals at these local clinics. Also these veterinarians often volunteer at the JBAR clinics and offer reduced fees for JBAR cases at their clinics. The presence of more small animal veterinarians in this area is the change that will make the most difference to improve animal welfare in the years to come in Jaltemba Bay.
Volunteer Teams from Canada
Canadian vet teams add more trained personnel and take with them extra surgical supplies (suture materials, surgical gloves, scalpel blades, IV catheters, gauze, drape material, topical surgical scrub, masks, surgery smocks etc) needed for performing spays and neuters to enable more animals to enable about 250 to 300 dogs and cats to be sterilized over 3 1/2 days. Veterinarian and vet technicians trained in pre-anesthetic exams, anesthesia, surgery, surgical monitoring and recovery and dentistry are especially needed to take a lead role in the team we take to Mexico. The Mexican pet owners we talk with at the clinics are happy and deeply moved that we would come from Canada to help their community. For volunteers, the clinics are amazing and inspiring experiences that combine long days of hard work and also lots of fun with volunteers from Mexico, USA and Canada. Any veterinarian or veterinary staff who are interested in participating in future clinics are welcome..contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THANKS! to the volunteers from these veterinary clinics in B.C. who joined the Mexi-Can Vet Project, to take part in the clinics in Mexico.