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September 5, 2011

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September 5, 2011

This was my first time travelling to Panama as well as my first time witnessing such an overwhelming stray animal population! Spay/Panama is doing a wonderful job at not only directly targeting the overpopulation problem but also working within the community to raise awareness about the importance of getting owned animals spayed or neutered. It was really interesting to experience different aspects of veterinary medicine within the context of the Panamanian culture. I am extremely grateful to all the wonderful staff and volunteers - they were all incredibly welcoming and very helpful when I asked any questions. I feel like I've gotten much more than a simple volunteer experience because in addition to hands-on work with the animals, I've gained a real appreciation of the challenges faced by veterinarians and animal caregivers/owners/feeders on a day-to-day basis.
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking for a positive volunteering experience that involves working with animals and/or that is simply wanting to donate some time to a fantastic cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the large number of spay/neuter surgeries that are performed by Spay/Panama every week! Also, you can learn a lot by talking to the veterinarians, other volunteers or locals that have themselves witnessed a decline in the number of stray animals roaming the streets. They've done over 30,000 sterilization surgeries now but it's an ongoing problem, so volunteers are always welcome

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

love for the volunteering period to be longer than 1 week! :)

July 13, 2011

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July 13, 2011

I traveled to Panama last summer and enjoyed it so much that I went again this summer! Not only did I get to travel to a different country and broaden my horizons, but I was able to help these animals that are overpopulated and often in unfortunate conditions. Helping Spay Panama allows volunteers to see the direct effect of our efforts, by seeing the animals the have already been spayed or neutered by this organization on the streets. I also gained experience observing many surgeries and hands-on experience giving injections and preparing animals for surgery, and attempting to communicate with locals in Spanish! I definitely recommend this trip whether you aspire to become a veterinarian or simply want to help animals!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It was awesome to go out into Panama City and see stray animals who have already been sterilized. Some of these animals we even recognized from a day or two prior. A great deal of animals have been sterilized and this clearly makes a difference, but there are still many more that continue to multiply, so this job will always need volunteers!

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

Making it an option to stay for a month instead of a week.

July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

This was a great experience for a volunteer. I gained a lot of insight into the practice of veterinary medicine. The organization does its best to help out all animals and provides spay/neuter and vaccines for free to any.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned a lot about veterinary medicine and gained hands-on experience.

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

None.

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

this was such a great experience! the people, facilities, hands-on experience were awesome. we interacted with animals almost everyday, and all the clinic exposure was rewarding. we also got to do tourist activities which was nice. However, there was a lot of downtime that i feel could have been put to good use. overall, i would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in helping animals and volunteering.

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

make better use of the downtime.

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

I spent a week volunteering for SpayPanama in may. I had a great time, and it was a wonderful opportunity to experience a different country. Everyone there truly cares about the animals, and they receive great care. It was really different seeing so many homeless animals on the streets, so the work they do is very important to control the dog and cat populations. This is a great organization and I would recommend it to anyone.

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

not sure what to change, they already do a great job

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

I had such a great experience as a volunteer here. It wasn't the easiest seeing the condition of some of the animals but what spay is doing is great. Despite the awful conditions these animals they are given a fighting chance. Not only are they given their basic need; like vitamins and vaccinations, but they are spayed or neutered to help improve the life of future generations of animals in this area. Not only are the animals well taken care of the other volunteers and vets are great to work with. They are all welcoming and helpful. I would recommend anyone to help out, visit, or come here.

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I find the results tremendous. What this organization is doing is wonderful, it needs to be more renounced so other animals can get the basic care they deserve.

Ways to make it better...

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

If I could make any changes I would have to say that they design an awareness campaign. If they could get the people of this country to understand how to care and provide for their animals I feel that it wouldn't be as much as a problem. Obviously this would be no easy task but after so many generations it may just pay off.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

The only change I would say is to have more planned on the days we don't have clinics...whether it be touristy or just another experience with the animals.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me so much not only as a young student but also as a person. I got to meet a lot of new people, travel on my own, and see more of my strengths and weaknesses.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel not only helpful but rewarded for making even the slightest difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I got in touch with spay panama through the internet. i can honestly say i was so shocked when i arrived and it was such a well run established organisation clean and with comfortable surroundings, it felt like i had joined one big family. I learnt so much from working with them and they were very supportive of me. they also went the extra mile and took me out and showed me around. The organisation is run so well and the welfare of animals comes first. what really interested me was the Blitz programmes that are set up and organised where out reach work is done in remoter places so they take the care to animals where they can, that is really impressive. I was told always to treat an animal as if it was your own and this is a very good philosophy to hold on to. All animals were given a chance and all people were given a chance to treat their animals. A fantastic organisation to work for. i will be back soon i hope.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Panama city

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

Certification and an reference for what we do as volunteers before we leave. i think if i ask i will get this any way

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

As a veterinarian and volunteer, I can say that SpayPanama is doing positive things for pets and strays in Panama. Their facilities are nearly first-world standard, and the quality of low-cost surgery and care was better than expected. Help support this organization so that they may continue their important work in Central America.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving the welfare of pets and strays in Central America through mass sterilization

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see some current statistics about the animal populations in and around Panama City to see what impact SpayPanama is truly having.

July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010

I didn't exactly know what I had signed myself up for when I first arrived in Panama. But after spending a week traveling around Panama with the full-time volunteers, I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to spend my time. I wanted hands-on experience, and that is exactly what I got! There was not one moment spent without an animal by my side. Yet, one cannot compare Spay Panama to volunteer work in a typical, domestic practice. Spay Panama offers a look into a completely different side of Veterinary Medicine. Every single task must be completely quickly, efficiently, and above all, for the welfare of the animals. I now believe that one doesn't fully understand Veterinary Medicine before they spend twelve straight hours on their feet in 100 degree heat surrounded by defecating and vomiting animals whose lives you are trying to improve through spaying/neutering them. Spay Panama is comprised of the most compassionate, intelligent people I have ever met. I can only hope to see them again soon.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a site-seeing tour I was taking in Panama City. Almost every single stray animal I saw had its ear tagged, meaning that it had been spayed/neutered by Spay Panama. This organization truly is making a difference in the stray animal population!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 8, 2010

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July 8, 2010

SpayPanama was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life. I learned so much about working with small animals and experienced so many different things, I would never have gotten to experience otherwise. One of my favorite parts of the trip was the spay blitz over the weekend and getting to meet the people living in Cerro Azul. I was completely exhausted, but so happy I was there and helping out; I felt so accomplished because I worked so hard for such a good cause with so many amazing people. I've already started saving money for a trip back to SpayPanama.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many less stray cats and dogs. While there I was told that there are over 10 million stray cats and dogs in Panama. During the blitz in Cerro Azul I learned that the 28,000th animal was sterilized.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting such great people from all over the world. I made friends with people that I would like to continue to be friends with for the rest of my life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

literally amazing. They couldn't have been any nicer. I hope I see them all again.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spay a bunch of cats and dogs! Patricia would make sure more dogs and cats had homes, food, and water.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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