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SPAY PANAMAS ANIMALS YES USA
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.

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & helped trap stray animals, participated in the pre- and post-op care of animals at several spay/neuter clinics, observed surgeries & certain consultations.