My experience at Spay Panama was one I’ll never forget. I learned so much in quite a short time. The doctors and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The work they do here at Spay Panama is truly a blessing to the animals and pet owners of Panama!
I had an amazing 2 weeks volunteering with Spay Panama. As a second year vet student I was able to help with both the pre- and post-operative care for the animals, as well as partaking in over 100 surgeries including cat and dog neuters and cat spays. All veterinarians, staff and volunteers at Spay Panama were very welcoming and made me feel at home even with a language barrier between us.
You can really see the difference this organization is making in controlling the stray animal population within Panama. Everyone there is so passionate about the work they are doing. It is truly inspiring to see.
We had a fantastic time at Spay Panama! As a vet student I performed over 80 surgeries in one week, both at the main facility and a mobile spay event. This organization is making a huge difference in animal health all over Panama, and also takes great care of the large volunteer force that makes these events possible.
Spay Panama was an amazing experience for me as a second year veterinary student. We stayed for 2 weeks with Spay. We got lots of experience with pre surgical procedures such as shaving animals, expressing bladers, doing IM and SQ injections, talking to owners, drawing blood, anesthetizing patients, intubating and catheterizing. We also did post surgical procedures such as cleaning ears and incision cleaning. As vet students, we also got to partake in surgeries, mainly neuters but we also performed a cat spay. We got to do the surgeries entirely by ourselves with supervision from the veterinarians there and we did many surgeries which was great for experience. In the afternoons, we would see different everyday appointments. We very much liked working with Mati (the technician), Leo and Veronica (veterinarians) and they made us feel like a part of the Spay family.
After our volunteer shift, we would get a tour of different areas in Panama which was great. The food provided to all the volunteers was also amazing and they had big portions. It is evident the difference that Spay is making with the animal population as most animals on the street (which there aren't many anymore) have been fixed by Spay Panama.
Since there are a lot of volunteers that go through Spay Panama and it is a very fast-paced environment, it can sometimes be taunting to enter such a close-knit work group. My only recommendation would be to strive towards building a stronger interpersonal relation with the volunteer even if they are only there for a couple weeks. All in all though, Spay Panama was a one in a lifetime experience with great hands-on opportunities.
I recently visited the Spay Panama clinic and it was an experience that left me speechless. The volunteers and staff of this organization are amazing and such a blessing for the country of Panama. I witnessed many dogs and cats sterilized and vetted through one of the clinic days in Panama City. They also helped me adopt a beautiful and sweet dog that someone abandoned due to only 3 legs. I am happy to report that Iris, my sweet Spay Panama dog I adopted, is doing great and living a diva life in the USA.
Spay Panama has drastically decreased the homeless population of dogs and Cats over the past 14 years. It is clearly visible throughout the city. I rescue cats and with the help of Spay Panama we are able to get them spayed and many times find them a home. As I also care for around 30 of the rescued cats, Spay also provided the vet skills to assist in their health issues. The group has boundless energy and love for the animals.
Our stables are located in an National Park in Panama City, Panama. The accessibility to the parks affords a dumping ground for unwanted cats/kittens. Many whom wonder into the stable area searching for food. Spay Panama has helped us implement an ongoing TNR (trap, neuter and release) program to catch the recent influx of feral cats. The doctors taught us how to arm the traps as well as provided much insight in how to catch these feral cats. Spay graciously loaned us the traps and with their help we easily caught 8 cats/kittens that had not previously been neutered. Our ongoing effort keeps the area from being overpopulated yet allowing us to have the added value of the rodent control that the cats provide. Aside from TNR, Spay provides emergency care for any ailments that the cats acquire. We have been involved in ongoing TNR for 12 years and with Spay Panama's help have been able to control the population in an environment that would otherwise certainly become overpopulated. I have personally seen the abandoned animal population noticeably decrease over the years due to Spay's continual hard work and efforts. They are truly and amazing organization and benefit to the Panama.
Spay Panama has taught me to be a better person, it opened my eyes to the reality of our country's over populated strays and that by spaying them we can prevent unwanted litters that suffer hunger, mistreatment and death due to ignorance because they end up in trashcans rivers and abandoned by people in a gas station or park or anywhere but a home. Shelters are not enough and Spaying this animals has helped decrease the volume of strays and also helped the community that cant afford their pets to have a litter to a solution towards this unwanted litter. Spay panama uses the quick spay technique thus allowing strays a fast recovery and also a larger amount of animals spayed due to the shorter time involved in spaying using this technique . It goes to all rural and urban areas to spay nation wide and also teaches the community how to be a better keeper of ones pet by visiting schools and teaching proper care a lot of mistreatment done to animals have lowered, mistreated do to ignorance, for example....the need of vaccines as a means to prevent disease, the importance to have your pet with id tags, fresh water and food is needed and not expose them to direct sunlight, that your pet needs shelter from rain and sun not to feed it dark chocolate candy and condiment food ,.....all this is taught to kids in school as a part of our responsibility as owners, also taught why to spay both male and female .Once the message is given the life of the pet becomes better. why Spay Panama has made me a better person, because it humbled me. it taught me how fortunate my pet is compared to the strays and allowed me the opportunity to participate in making a difference instead of complaining about how many stray cats there is now I do something about it I use their traps and trap neuter and release this stray cats making a difference between just complaining and actually giving a solution to the problem makes me feel better .
Spay Panama has been working towards the well-being of cats and dogs , strays and pets of low income families through TNR and quick spay program. Together wth the wonderful volunteers , a top grade veterinary team, administrative personnel and the help of private business and public office, they have saved thousands of animals from neglect,abuse and certain death and have been educating the population in the importance of controling the stray population of cats and dogs through the spay and neuter programs, as well as the importance of treating pets with respect, caring for them and their well-being through public lectures in schools and private enterprisies. The response of the public to the efforts of all the team at Spay Panama has been growing and it is one more incentive to keep working towards our goals.
I recently visited Panama from the US and came across a cat (now Luna) who appeared in need of some care. I reached out to Spay Panama and Patricia got back to me very quickly and offered to send some of Spay Panama's volunteers to meet me at the location in order to attempt to rescue Luna and bring her into their clinic for an exam. We rescued Luna and as I did not have a car with me, I was able to ride with the (very friendly) volunteers to the clinic. Upon arriving at the clinic and getting Luna comfortable and settled after a brief exam, Patricia and the volunteers showed me around their very special clinic. The plan was for their vet to see Luna first thing the following morning. It was determined during the vet's exam that Luna was indeed in need of some care and that it would be best she not be put back outdoors, even following care. After some discussion, it was decided that Luna would come to the US to live as an indoor cat, but in order for this to work she would stay at the clinic for about 2 weeks for treatment and safe housing until we could get her a flight. This certainly took some effort and planning and Patricia was so helpful and caring of Luna throughout the process. Luna has officially safely made it to the US (also special thanks to Panama Pet Relocation) and is loving indoor life and most especially cozy beds with lots of soft blankets! I am so very thankful for and to Spay Panama/Patricia and for all they do with animals day in and day out.
I am a veterinary student from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. I spent a week working with SpayPanama. It is a fantastic organization with incredible veterinarians who put in alot of effort to help control the overpopulation of dogs and cats and serve remote communities. Thank you for all that you do!
I spent a week there volunteering in the hospital. The staff was amazing. The doctors were all very welcoming and friendly. This organization does great work! I can not wait to go back.
My experience with Spay Panama was truly special and amazing. I learned so much while being there and became so much more comfortable and confident in my surgical skills. The friendships that I built were awesome as well. The the doctors and staff that volunteer are truly an amazing group of people and I enjoyed every learning experience that I was able to have with everyone that I met. I hope to be able to go back some time soon!
I have been living in Panama for the last 9 years and was introduced to Spay Panama within the first month of living here. By that time I had already rescued 2 kittens and brought them to be sterilized at Spay Panama. While I was there,I saw a lot of kittens and cats that had been rescued and we re there looking for their forever homes. I went home with an additional kitten. I was just so touched by all the amazing work the volunteers do there and it was so obvious to see how much care they put into each animal there. I have since then become a volunteer for Spay Panama. They truly care about the well being of animals and about educating the people in Panama about the importance of sterilizing their pets. By volunteering at their clinics in my area, it is easy to see that their message is making a difference. I see a big increase in the amount of pets being brought to the clinics and I believe there are less stray sick animals on the beaches and roads. Spay Panama are an awesome group of people that really care about the health and happiness of animals.
My volunteer service at Spay/Panama proved to be more than rewarding. I was able to observe the care their staff takes into making the sterilization process ease with as minimum stress as possible for the owner and pet. A major factor in this experience was the great teamwork. Thank you, Spay/Panama for helping our furry friends!
I have been a volunteer at Spay Panama for 5 yrs and i can see the diference for the best that has done for the animals in Panama. I don't even want to think how many more animals would be in the streets without the great spay/ neuter program at a low cost that can reach people that otherwise could never be able to spay/ neuter their mascots plus the help given to all the rescue groups and the animals that live in the streets.
Another good thing that Spay need to be reconize is the contant teachings to make people aware of the needs of the animals and try to reduce animal abuse.
An organization like this deserves all the help posible to continue its great program.
Being an animal lover i picked Spay Panama to volunteer because after doing my research i found out that this organization is the one that has done and is doing the diference in improving the lives of the most vulberable animals ( the ones in the streets and the ones from low income families) by spaying/ neuter them and by doing that reducing pain and suffering , the birth of unwanted cats and dogs that most of them will end up having a miserable life.
I BELEIVE IN WHAT SPAY DOES AND I WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS.
I rescue cats since 10 years in Panama and with the help of Spay Panama I was able to fix a lot of them because of their reasonable price. I have been involved also in raising money in our area. 3 clinics have been done until now and over 1000 animals sterilize. Nobody had never make a clinic in that area, people are so grateful to have the opportunity to fix their animal. They love them but don t have $150. to fix them. I m so grateful to all the team of Spay Panama for their dedicated work and love for animal.
One morning in May I was on a rush and my son ask me to bring him at the bus station. I said yes but was not happy. I went in my car and just back up without asking myself if one of my cats was under the car. And yes one was there. I broke his 2 back legs. I call Spay and they took me the same day. They put him prothesis and came back home and was able to walk. They are doing an incredible work. I m always amaze with the quality and the love those people have for the animals.
This experience was unlike anything else I've ever done. Spay Panama is an organization that is making a very visible difference in their community. All it takes is a short walk down the street to see the number of stray cats and dogs that have been sterilized thanks to this program. Both staff and volunteers come together every day and work very hard. As a foreign volunteer I felt very welcomed into the project and the community. As a veterinary student I was able to help with pre and post-operation procedures, as well as with surgeries as I gained experience.
It was amazing to see 100+ animals get sterilized in a normal day. While there are a lot of spay/neuter programs out there, working to this level of efficiency is rare. And despite being a low cost program, the safety and well being of all the animals that come through Spay Panama is taken very seriously.
Thanks Spay Panama for a great 2 weeks!
Spay Panama is an organization that has made a difference in not only the lives of countless animals but also the community. Their amazing and hard working staff and volunteers have managed to change how street animals are perceived in Panama. In my short time volunteering with them I managed to help out in the community and in their clinic, learn about animal health, diseases and surgery. This organization is truly making an impact.
Spay Panama is a great foundation, is a great fundation with its beautiful work helping the dogs and cats.