I have known Esther Mechler since 2010 when first got involved in spay-neuter through starting a Humane Alliance NSNRT high-volume spay-neuter clinic. Esther was then, and is, a well-recognized leader in this field. She has tirelessly committed her resources to this effort to help animals in the most effective ways, such as influencing legislative decisions and promoting the important message of early spay-neuter. She is smart about identifying what the most pressing problems are, then applying herself to solve them. It is a privilege to work with her and to share her home state of Maine.
I have been affiliated with Marian's Dream Organization for many years. Esther Mechler, who runs the organization earns no money from it, and indeed contributed her own finances in order to get it started. I have known Ms. Mechler for many years as a leader in the Animal rescue world. She is responsible for the spay and neuter of literally million of cats in the United States, Mexico and around the world. She works tirelessly to change the attitudes of Veternarions regarding early spaying, before 5 months in order to keep hundreds of thousands of kittens from being born. I can't think of a more hands on organization or one that does as much good as Marian's Dream.
Marian's Dream, named as a tribute to Esther Mechler's deceased sister who loved animals, is a fearless leader in the area of cat and dog overpopulation. The mission of the organization, to reduce the number of excess companion animals, began in the 1980's. At that time, Esther Mechler, started a program called Spay/USA to address the source of the problem through education and discounted spay/neuter services. The organization's mission was so successful, that ultimately tens of thousands of calls were received monthly from folks seeking to address the overpopulation situation. Marian's Dreams has initiated "Fix by Five", a most practical approach to cat overpopulation. Kudos to Marian's Dream for staying true to their mission against great odds!
Marian's Dream is a wonderful organization committed to changing the lives of cats and dogs across the nation. I have had the honor of working with the team and they have been on my podcast, The Community Cats Podcast, hearing their story of success. Esther Mechler is a dynamic leader within the animal welfare community.
A conference coordinated by Mississippi Spay and Neuter, United Spay Alliance, and Animal Advocacy Initiative of Mississippi brought animal advocates together from around the state of Mississippi, the southern region and the country to discuss the importance of spay/neuter in reducing animal cruelty. The conference featured experts not only from the nonprofit field, but also notable figures in animal law, law enforcement, and journalism. It was a huge success, and we thank Marian's Dream for helping to make this event possible!
Marian's Dream and its executive director Esther Mechler should be credited with turning Maine into almost a "no kill" state. Because of Marian's Dream's spay/neuter advocacy, encouragement and working with individuals and groups, Sharon Secovich and Susan Hall started a state-wide state funded spay/neuter program. This led to a snowball effect of greater awareness of the benefits of spay/neuter in Maine. We now have several low cost clinics and spay/neuter programs in most parts of the state. Our euthanasia rate has plummeted to the point where we are just about no kill. None of it would have happened without Marian's Dream and Esther Mechler.
Marian's Dream has been working for several years to have the veterinary establishment endorse a "Fix by Five" policy for cats. They recently succeeded and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) now endorses this policy. In addition to the AVMA eight other national organizations now recommend that cats be spayed/neutered as early as five months of age.
This will prevent the birth of thousands of unwanted kittens and will save countless lives! Organizations endorsing "Fix by Five" include the American Veterinary Medical Associations, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, Winn Foundation, Catalyst Council, Cat Fancier’s Association, and the International Cat Association.
Marian's dream needs your support so it can continue its work on spay/neuter and other animal welfare issues!
Marian's Dream has had a huge impact on reducing the suffering caused by pet overpopulation. My small not for profit, which provides low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, has repeatedly reached out to Marian's Dream for guidance. Esther Mechler is always happy to help and has been an ongoing mentor to my organization. The work that Marian's Dream has done has been vital to making a difference in reducing the suffering of cats and dogs that are unwanted and ultimately euthanized. I strongly support the work that Marian's Dream does. Lisa Wysocki, Fido Fixers Inc.
To Whom It May Concern:
Marian's Dream is an amazing benefactor for many organizations not only in the USA but in other countries as well. I have been fortunate to know Esther Mechler for many years and she was instrumental in starting The McKee Project in Costa Rica, Spay Panama & Spay Mexico. I am the director of Spay Mexico and we completed over 17,000 surgeries across Mexico last year. Additionally, we intend to complete over 20,000 surgeries for 2017.
Esther is the founder of Spay USA and have been a guiding force for many spay/neuter organizations. Marian's Dream continues to coordinate and support Spay/Neuter organizations and is at the leading edge of the spay/neuter movement. if you want to solve pet overpopulation - spay/neuter! www.SpayMexico.org
To Whom it May Concern,
I have been fortunate to work with and be supported by Marian's Dream for many years. Esther Mechler with Marian"s Dream is the founder of Spay USA and instrumental in the beginnings of Spay Panama, The McKee Project in Costa Rica as well as the project that I currently run, Spay Mexico. It is amazing when someone understands the solution to the number one cause of death in companion animals: "Pet Over-Population. Accordingly, we are very involved across Mexico to solve this problem with Spay/Neuter.
We are teaching high speed, low cost, safe "Quick Spay" surgery techniques to surgeons in Mexico. Last year we were able to report over 17,000 surgeries from our teams of veterinarians. This year it looks like we will report over 20,000 surgeries and our current goal is: Fixing pet-overpopulation - One Surgeon At A Time! www.SpayMexico.org
Marian's dream is one of the best and most effective non-profits I know of devoted to ending pet overpopulation. Their founder, Esther Mechler, has been promoting the most innovative and best ways to spay and neuter cats en mass along with public education, and she is a master at networking stakeholders and publicizing the best models. She has been promoting early spay and neuter strategies with much success for many years. Given her credibility and persistent efforts, more and more vets and community spay programs are now utilizing this practice. When it comes to getting down in the trenches and really doing something about pet overpopulation, Marian's Dream is a true leader. My work protecting wildlife is closely tied to reducing cat numbers and impact -- and for that reason I have appreciated the work Marian's Dream does all the more!
As the founder of Spay Mexico - i have been guided by Esther Mechler for many years. It has been the most rewarding supportive relationship imaginable. Currently we are expanding across Mexico to teach high speed, safe, low cost Quick Spay techniques to hundreds of veterinarians. For any project to succeed we have found it takes:
A great project
A little money
Marian's Dream has been key in our success!
If you want to make a difference - please donate to Marian's Dream - it is dedicated to solving the pet-overpopulation through spay/neuter.
Craig H. Neilson
The Marian Rosenthal Foundation is true to their purpose and beliefs. They are the guiding light to grass-roots organization all over the world (SpayPanama is located in the Republic of Panama). They encourage us to believe in ourselves, that yes we can create and support programs to end pet overpopulation by preventing unwanted litters. Thank you Marian’s Dream, you gave us the courage and the strength to spay/neuter over 100,000 animals.
I've worked to prevent cats and dogs from being needlessly put to death in shelters for more than twenty years. Much progress has been made during that time, largely through the work of Marian's Dream and other foundations that have provided funding for small, grassroots organizations in areas where the greatest number of animals are dying.
Over the years, Marian's Dream has fought well above its weight, saving more lives than many larger organizations and foundations, by providing funding for well-informed public awareness campaigns often overlooked by other funders, like its current Beat the Heat campaign. At the same time, it has undertaken strategic projects to organize and support a new generation of leaders by sponsoring annual retreats for shelter overpopulation activists from more than two dozen states.
As the editor of Animal People commented recently, the founder of Marian's Dream, Esther Mechler has been an animal advocate for forty years and has founded or helped to found nine organizations of national prominence eight of which either still exist or have active descendants. Marian's Dream gets things done because Esther Mechler gets things done.
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I have had the honor of knowing and working with Esther Mechler of Marian's Dream over the course of close to 3 decades. Esther is committed to her work and has made significant strides in educating and helping animals across the world. I strongly recommend Esther and am proud to have been able to work with and learn from her. Marian's Dream is an organization that gives so much hope to the plight of animals by focussing on reducing population and educating.
"Over the past two decades I have interacted with Esther Mechler while working with the ASPCA and while assisting the National Animal Control Association with training workshops. I have also called upon her for assistance since retiring. I found Esther to be very focused and detailed in her work which makes her an excellent resource for me as I researched solutions to various problems my clients presented. She quickly became my "go to" person for spay/neuter information because she is not only reliable, but knowledgeable of the latest research. She is tenacious at finding compatible solutions to various problems, making her a good team player."
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I am very pleased to recommend Esther, President of Marian's Dream, as an invaluable resource in animal welfare. She is intelligent and passionate, and those of us who have heard her speak at conferences, or worked with her directly, always benefit from her knowledge. Esther's dedication to animals and the professionalism she displays have set the bar for everyone in the field. Collaborating with her is always a pleasure!
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Esther Mechler (Director at Marian’s Dream) is an extremely competent, well-informed professional who knows the intricacies of government (all levels) , business, and the non-profit sector -- especially in regard to the areas of animal rights, the environment, and economic development issues.
Esther knows how to set and accomplish goals in pursuit of whatever cause in which she might be involved... Any organization or person that enlists her help in addressing issues/causes will not be disappointed...
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For years I have know about the incredible work of Marians Dream and Esther Mechler's personal Dream to make a difference thru Spay Neuter. It seems that when people get involved in doing something for animals the walk in the RESCUE door. After more brain cells begin to fire...we all eventually come to the real solution SPAY NEUTER.
Since the late 90s Esther has gently pushed us to take on Marians Dream goal - Spay Neuter. We began working in Mexico 10 years ago fixing pets across the northern Baja, California. In 2010 we started SPAY MEXICO and proceeded to reach out across Mexico to link with like minded vets and community groups to teach and support. Thru Esther's introduction we met Dr. Marvin Mackie the famous "King of Spay/Neuter" and the inventor of Quick Spay. It has been an incredible relationship - as Dr. Mackie has made a personal commitment to present Quick Spay to hundreds of Veterinarians across Mexico.
With the support of Marians Dream we have:
- Over 18,000 surgeries across Mexico
- Over 5,000 in Mexicali 2012
- Over 3,000 surgeries in Mexicali Jan thru July 2013
- Spay/Neuter Conference Puebla, Mexico - Presented Quick Spay 400 attendees
- Mega Spay/Neuter 5 day Training Cancun, 2011
- 5 Low cost clinics established 2013
- 10 new veterinarians trained and certified in the last 10 months
We are a work in progress and with the support and guidance of Esther Mechler and Marians Dream we have been able to learn from each other and share solutions for low cost safe spay neuter. Our proven system is well documented and we believe the ripple effect of our program is now ready to take all across Mexico. We are building a map and reaching out to veterinarians and communities that would like to share our dream.
We go into Mexico because the people there have so little to give to help animals but they give anyway.
If you can help Marians Dream you are helping Spay Mexico do something about the poor starving abandoned pets of Mexico. We are in the streets there making a difference.
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As a Board Member of Marian's Dream since 2007, I cannot find praise sufficient for this excellent and visionary organization.
At Marian's Dream, we target pet overpopulation at its source -- unwanted litters. Our main focus is reducing the number of surplus cats. To that end, we support grassroots organizations all over the country, awarding start-up grants for clinics, both mobile and fixed site. We host an annual retreat for the leadership of statewide spay programs, providing a collaborative forum where attendees can share knowledge, problems--and solutions.
Since our founding in 1981, we have been on the forefront of the fight against overpopulation. With programs such as Beat the Heat and the Cats Action Network (CAN), we are working to further stem the tide of unwanted litters by promoting approved protocols for early age spay/neuter (before first heat) as well as elevating the status and well-being of kittens and cats.
Nor is our scope limited to the U.S. In recognition that cat overpopulation is a global issue, we go beyond the borders to Mexico and Panama to support model programs there.
I am proud to be a member of the Marian's Dream board as we work toward our shared goal of No More Homeless Cats.
Hope C. Tarr, Ph.D.
Project Director, The Pet Overpopulation STAMP OUT Campaign (1997-2002)
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