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SPAY PANAMAS ANIMALS YES USA

Rating: 4.8 stars   25 reviews 443

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education

Address:

PO Box 256 % Isis Johnson- Brown Sherman MS 38869 USA

Mission:

Spay Panama aims to stop the misery and unnecessary death of homeless animals by controlling the overpopulation of dogs and cats through an intensive sterilization program.  This is achieved by education, and by offering affordable spay/neuter services to low-income guardians, rescuers and feeders.

Results:

We have sterilzed over 28,000 animals in Panama (June 2010)

Target demographics:

Stray dogs and feral cats as well as pets from rescuers and low income guardians.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Thousands of dogs and cats

Geographic areas served:

Panama

Programs:

Operations are done at the clinic every Wednesday and Saturday, as well at blitzes (on site) to reach remote communities.

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Reviews for SPAY PANAMAS ANIMALS YES USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I am a 3rd year vet student from Canada and I traveled with three other classmates to volunteer for a week with Spay Panama. We had a great experience and were grateful for the generous hospitality and accommodation to ensure we learned veterinary skills as well as appreciation of Panamanian culture. The mentorship from other veterinarians was a highlight of the trip and we were excited to see how successful this well run and organized clinic was in Panama City and in surrounding communities. I would recommend volunteering with this organization for future veterinary students and new graduates as it is a supportive and enthusiastic environment to learn and develop confidence!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been living in Panama on and off for the past 2 years. When I first arrived I knew I wanted to make good use of my time, so I researched some of the different animal organisations. Although I had no previous experience of working with animals I was welcomed into Spay Panama as a volunteer.
I work primarily within the Pre-Op station, preparing the cats and dogs for surgery. This has given me the opportunity to perform tasks that were new to me and allowed me to have hands on experience with the animals. Spay Panama has a main clinic in the city centre, however, they reach out to communities by doing regular blitzes/street clinics and these blitzes are done with community involvement. The blitzes can involve intense, long hours in the sweltering heat but the feeling of elation (and exhaustion) at the end of the day is well worth it !! ( in one day that i was involved in, over 400 animals were spayed/neutered).
The boundless ambition and fundamental values of Spay Panama culminate in the contribution of reducing the number of stray cats and dogs in Panama, as well as aiding those in less than fortunate conditions.
I would highly recommend Spay Panama to anyone with a love of animals looking to get involved in purposeful work as a volunteer.
I have found the whole team of staff and volunteers organised, friendly and passionate and their team working skills are second to none.
When I leave and return to Scotland for good, I will leave with many joyful memories of great experiences. Added to that, friendships made and knowledge gained that will remain with me throughout my life. Volunteering has been a truly rewarding experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spay Panama and the team in Panama City is incredible. We didn't know what to expect, but as soon as we arrived we were welcomed with open arms. The whole team showed nothing but patience and kindness towards the animals. As volunteers, the teaching we received was amazing. I would absolutely recommend Spay Panama to any future volunteers and donors as a place worthy of your help. It is an organization doing incredible things and I would love to continue work with Spay Panama again one day.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spay Panama is a passionate team of staff and volunteers which is effectively reaching out to communities lacking access to veterinary care. Their well-polished system is impressive, capable of operating on hundreds of animals in a single day. They work in both their clinic for individuals who are nearby or are able to travel, and in off-site events whereby the team goes out to the communities requesting help. It is truly a collaborative effort, and the community requesting veterinary care takes the forefront role in surgical site selection, advertisement and engagement of its members. No pet is turned away for lack of money, but donations are requested, as the program’s success is built upon sustainability brought through sharing both the costs and rewards of their service.

I am a veterinarian, and was sent to Spay Panama for two weeks by Humane Society International, not only for high volume spay/neuter training, but also to observe and emulate Spay Panama’s program due to their success at community engagement. This time was quite worthwhile. The veterinarians are excellent surgeons and good teachers. The volunteers and staff are extremely dedicated with an uncommon zeal to their work. While in Spay Panama, two large off-site community events were conducted whereby 321 pets were spayed/neutered one day and 458 were spayed/neutered another day. Another off-site event involved a small portion of the team in which we trapped and spayed/neutered a feral cat colony. I left Panama with not only stronger surgery skills, but also an ideal model for turning an individual’s idea into work that becomes the community’s heart beat. I highly recommend this organization to veterinarians, technicians, students, and anyone else who is looking for meaningful work

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been almost two months since I was in Panama helping Spay Panama and it is still something I think about everyday. From the moment I landed in Panama I felt that my decision to volunteer with Spay Panama was the right one. Spay Panama far exceeded any prior expectations that I made before my arrival. Just at the beginning of my career as a student of Veterinary Medicine, I feel as if the knowledge that I have gained from my experience in Panama will help me become a more valuable Veterinarian. The most important thing that I took away from volunteering at Spay Panama is this...Although we are all unique and different in our own individual ways, there is a common bond and goal that we all strive to obtain. It is within this moment in time that I realized how similar that we all truly are. Thank you to the Spay Panama team for giving me the experience of a lifetime!! It is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I did not know what to expect from Spay Panama because the organization is relatively new and none of my colleagues have ever volunteered for Spay Panama before. However, it exceeded my expectations. The director of the program, the veterinarians, and other staff members are very kind and extremely accommodating. They make sure that you are well taken care of during your time of stay in Panama. Working in the clinic as well as the blitz can be physically exhausting, however, knowing that you have made a difference to decrease the animal population in low income areas is rewarding. The veterinarians make sure that you learn something, whether it be surgery, medicine, or client communication-related. After long days of hard work, the staff at Spay Panama make sure that you can explore the country and truly experience the wonderful culture.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

During the blitz, implement at least 10-15 minutes of break in between.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great volunteer experience at Spay Panama. I am a pre-vet student and was given an opportunity to perform tasks that I have never done before. I worked in both pre and post op giving injections, tattooing and clipping the animal’s ear, shaving and cleaning the incision area, and cleaning their ears. I was very impressed by how well organized everything was. Everyone was very welcoming and always there to help with any questions I had. It was an awesome experience to be able to help so many animals in need. I took pride in being able to give these animals treatments like dewormers, vitamins, ear cleanings, and flea spray that they may never be able to get again. I recommend this program to anyone who would like to gain more experience not just in the veterinary field but also a great cultural experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been aware of Spay Panama for several years though a very good friend who is a Board member, but it was not until January 2013 that I really got involved after going to a spay blitz event out in Las Tablas and Tonosi. With that experience I had no doubts THIS was the organization I wanted to dedicate my time with. You would have to know me better, but I am very critical of how mony is spent and how time is utilized - BOTh are such critical resources. Spay Panama surpassed even my very TOUGH standards. I can not imagine finding any organization that is more efficient in terms of time and money. The bonus is the vets and volunteers are the best people you will find anywhere on Earth. I have found my forever friends and family. In 6 short months I have traveled the country doing blitzes, I now write their newsletter, am the new coordinator of special events and FUNdraising and am writting a children's book. about Spay Panama. My past experience is with animal rescue groups in Ohio and Key West and I bring their fabulous ideas along with me! Successful FUNdraising events take time and planning to get up in running. Watch for our events in the future - THESE will be events EVERYone will want to be a part of!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

How do you change perfect?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

spay Panama is the only high volume high quality group in Panama. Once a month, spay panama has a blitz- they spay neuter at a location around panama. We had the opportunity to participate in one of these blitz. For 2 days, we went to San Manguelito where we sterilized 421 pets total. The organization, professionalism, and dedicate to their mission is remarkable and admirable. I left the blitz saying everyone worked so hard today, I hope I was able to help out in anyway possible. This group is absolutely amazing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I acquired lots of valuable experience during my time at Spay Panama; such as vaccinating, tipping ears, etc, which will help me for my career. Spay Panama is such an incredible organization that helps to neuter/spay dogs and cats from families with low resources. Everything is well organized and I was personally amazed at how quickly and smoothly everything goes. Also, all the people that volunteers is very charming and welcoming and made me feel like I was home. I really enjoyed my time in Panama and will definetely come back in the future to volunteer again. Well done!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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