Spay Panamas Animals Yes Usa
Rating: 4.86 stars 36 reviews
Issues: Animals, Education
Location: PO Box 256 % Isis Johnson- Brown Sherman MS 38869 USA
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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I am a final year veterinary student studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and I volunteered at Spay Panama for 2 weeks duration. This was singly the most rewarding work experience I have ever done during my time at veterinary school. The reason for this was because it was incredibly positive and wholesome.
Although I spoke virtually no Spanish, I was made to feel included in all aspects of the clinic, and information/procedures were explained to me clearly. Everyone there was friendly, and the atmosphere was that of a large extended family working together as one efficient unit with the sole purpose of improving the welfare of these animals. Support, immediate assistance, and positive reinforcement was consistently available to me if I ever needed help when I was working. My main objective was to practice my surgical technique and spay/castrate as many cats and dogs as I could. That expectation was surpassed immensely as there were hundreds of animals that I had the opportunity to work with. As an added bonus, at the end of each work day local volunteers would take me out for dinner and tourist excursions
Thanks to Spay Panama, I now feel incredibly more confident as a soon to be veterinarian, and gratified that I helped so many cats and dogs. Once I graduate as a veterinarian I will one hundred percent be returning to volunteer again, and contribute towards Spay Panama's Mission Statement!
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I am a Vet Student from Edinburgh University and I volunteered with Spay Panama for 2 weeks in July 2015. I can honestly say that the team at Spay were the most hard working and dedicated people I have ever met. During my stay I helped out on one of their Spay Drives and I could not believe the skill and effort that went in to that weekend - from the organisation to the volume of operations carried out by the vets and the assistance by all the volunteers. Everything was so efficient and animals were moved from preparation to surgery to recovery seamlessly. The vets carried out back to back operations in the heat for 9 hours each day - very impressive!
I was very impressed with the quality of care provided to each animal, at Spay the animals really do come first. Even though the aim of the organisation is to help control populations, every animal is treated with the utmost care. The highest priority is the well-being of each animal (Even getting their ears cleaned and vitamins at the end of the operation!).
We helped out with the operations at the clinic in the mornings and then were taken out sightseeing in the afternoons. We were taken all over the city and learnt all about the history of Panama City by visiting areas like Casco Viejo and the ruins of the original city. I wasn't expecting to see so much during my brief time there!
I would like to finish my review by saying that everyone I met at Spay were so lovely and kind and I genuinely felt like part of a big family during my brief time there. Even though my Spanish is limited to a few badly pronounced words I felt honoured that people tried to speak English with me despite me not being able to speak Spanish! I want to thank everyone for making my time at Spay so special and I cannot wait to come back in the future if you'll have me!
Spay Panama has been true to their position in helping communities all over Panama. Patricia Chan and her very dedicated team are the most awesome and caring people we in El Valle have had the opportunity to work with. They are to me, the most heart felt community dog and cat caregivers on the planet. I have viewed first hand the love and care Spay Panama brings to many communities within our country of Panama. We applaud all of you. You Rock!!
It is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful team. I have volunteered for almost three years. I feel the satisfaction of helping hundreds of animals with my two cents every weekend.
Spay is a great organization that promotes the true well being of the animals they care for. i enjoyed being able to help out in any way i could, whether it be cleaning cages or feeding the the multitude of cats and dogs.
i socialize with the kitty cats at Spay Panama. I care for them and play with them at every opportunity i have.
I am a fourth year vet student and I went volunteering 1 week with a friend in Spay Panama and I met the most amazing volunteer and vet team there. Everybody was so welcoming and very passionated about animal care and about helping the community. I really enjoyed my time there. I did a lot of pre-op in the clinic: that involved the shaving, injections, scrubbing, emptying bladders. I had also the opportunity to do some surgeries, including approximately 15 male cats and 2 female cats. The vets are very patient and they supervise you if you need any help. I recommand to stay 2 weeks if you want to have time to do more surgeries. We also went on a blitz and we spayed and neutered 250 cats and dogs in a poor areas that day! It was really cool to see how these people care about their animals and want the best for them.
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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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.
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.