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Spay Panamas Animals Yes USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Education, Educational Services, Veterinary Services

Mission: Spay Panama aims to stop the misery and unnecessary death of homeless animals by controlling the overpopulation of dogs and cats through an intensive sterilization program. This is achieved by education, and by offering affordable spay/neuter services to low-income guardians, rescuers and feeders.

Results: We have sterilized over 200,000 animals in Panama (as of December 2019)

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.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Spay Panamas for at least 10 years and have seen the fruits of their work. I have also adopted three dogs that they have spayed/neutered and treated.

Donor

Rating: 5

Spay Panama is a well organized group of caring individuals in pro of the dogs and cats. I have been a witness since the start of the amazing work they accomplish in Panama. They help and support other cities and towns within Panama where stray dogs and cats have become an issue. I urge all organizations out there to support the work of Spay Panama.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spay Panama is a passionate team of staff and volunteers which is effectively reaching out to communities lacking access to veterinary care. Their well-polished system is impressive, capable of operating on hundreds of animals in a single day. They work in both their clinic for individuals who are nearby or are able to travel, and in off-site events whereby the team goes out to the communities requesting help. It is truly a collaborative effort, and the community requesting veterinary care takes the forefront role in surgical site selection, advertisement and engagement of its members. No pet is turned away for lack of money, but donations are requested, as the program’s success is built upon sustainability brought through sharing both the costs and rewards of their service.

I am a veterinarian, and was sent to Spay Panama for two weeks by Humane Society International, not only for high volume spay/neuter training, but also to observe and emulate Spay Panama’s program due to their success at community engagement. This time was quite worthwhile. The veterinarians are excellent surgeons and good teachers. The volunteers and staff are extremely dedicated with an uncommon zeal to their work. While in Spay Panama, two large off-site community events were conducted whereby 321 pets were spayed/neutered one day and 458 were spayed/neutered another day. Another off-site event involved a small portion of the team in which we trapped and spayed/neutered a feral cat colony. I left Panama with not only stronger surgery skills, but also an ideal model for turning an individual’s idea into work that becomes the community’s heart beat. I highly recommend this organization to veterinarians, technicians, students, and anyone else who is looking for meaningful work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been almost two months since I was in Panama helping Spay Panama and it is still something I think about everyday. From the moment I landed in Panama I felt that my decision to volunteer with Spay Panama was the right one. Spay Panama far exceeded any prior expectations that I made before my arrival. Just at the beginning of my career as a student of Veterinary Medicine, I feel as if the knowledge that I have gained from my experience in Panama will help me become a more valuable Veterinarian. The most important thing that I took away from volunteering at Spay Panama is this...Although we are all unique and different in our own individual ways, there is a common bond and goal that we all strive to obtain. It is within this moment in time that I realized how similar that we all truly are. Thank you to the Spay Panama team for giving me the experience of a lifetime!! It is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life!!!

Linda202

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did not know what to expect from Spay Panama because the organization is relatively new and none of my colleagues have ever volunteered for Spay Panama before. However, it exceeded my expectations. The director of the program, the veterinarians, and other staff members are very kind and extremely accommodating. They make sure that you are well taken care of during your time of stay in Panama. Working in the clinic as well as the blitz can be physically exhausting, however, knowing that you have made a difference to decrease the animal population in low income areas is rewarding. The veterinarians make sure that you learn something, whether it be surgery, medicine, or client communication-related. After long days of hard work, the staff at Spay Panama make sure that you can explore the country and truly experience the wonderful culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great volunteer experience at Spay Panama. I am a pre-vet student and was given an opportunity to perform tasks that I have never done before. I worked in both pre and post op giving injections, tattooing and clipping the animal’s ear, shaving and cleaning the incision area, and cleaning their ears. I was very impressed by how well organized everything was. Everyone was very welcoming and always there to help with any questions I had. It was an awesome experience to be able to help so many animals in need. I took pride in being able to give these animals treatments like dewormers, vitamins, ear cleanings, and flea spray that they may never be able to get again. I recommend this program to anyone who would like to gain more experience not just in the veterinary field but also a great cultural experience.

Christine80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been aware of Spay Panama for several years though a very good friend who is a Board member, but it was not until January 2013 that I really got involved after going to a spay blitz event out in Las Tablas and Tonosi. With that experience I had no doubts THIS was the organization I wanted to dedicate my time with. You would have to know me better, but I am very critical of how mony is spent and how time is utilized - BOTh are such critical resources. Spay Panama surpassed even my very TOUGH standards. I can not imagine finding any organization that is more efficient in terms of time and money. The bonus is the vets and volunteers are the best people you will find anywhere on Earth. I have found my forever friends and family. In 6 short months I have traveled the country doing blitzes, I now write their newsletter, am the new coordinator of special events and FUNdraising and am writting a children's book. about Spay Panama. My past experience is with animal rescue groups in Ohio and Key West and I bring their fabulous ideas along with me! Successful FUNdraising events take time and planning to get up in running. Watch for our events in the future - THESE will be events EVERYone will want to be a part of!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

spay Panama is the only high volume high quality group in Panama. Once a month, spay panama has a blitz- they spay neuter at a location around panama. We had the opportunity to participate in one of these blitz. For 2 days, we went to San Manguelito where we sterilized 421 pets total. The organization, professionalism, and dedicate to their mission is remarkable and admirable. I left the blitz saying everyone worked so hard today, I hope I was able to help out in anyway possible. This group is absolutely amazing!

Stipe Vicente J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I acquired lots of valuable experience during my time at Spay Panama; such as vaccinating, tipping ears, etc, which will help me for my career. Spay Panama is such an incredible organization that helps to neuter/spay dogs and cats from families with low resources. Everything is well organized and I was personally amazed at how quickly and smoothly everything goes. Also, all the people that volunteers is very charming and welcoming and made me feel like I was home. I really enjoyed my time in Panama and will definetely come back in the future to volunteer again. Well done!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Spay Panama is a wonderful program. Not only did they work patiently and consistently with myself and the other volunteer from the USA, but they were always trying to show us new skills and better techniques. It is a good program with someone that has minimal experience with the veterinary field, because a lot of the work is pre op and post op. That being said, I got to observe several very interesting surgeries and a couple of necropsies. Overall a wonderful experience, that I would highly recommend for anyone interested in veterinary medicine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an excellent experience volunteering! I was surprised at the number of spays/neuters done within the one week I volunteered there. The clinic worked quickly and efficiently. Another great thing was the amount of teamwork involved. The team accomplished so much is such short periods of time thanks to everyone's willingness to help each other, no matter what the task was. As a pre-veterinary student, I enjoyed being able to get so much hands-on experience especially in handling animals before and after surgeries (shaving, tattooing ears, giving injections, etc). It was also great watching many surgeries (not just spays and neuters). I was able to learn so much about veterinary medicine from the doctors and other veterinary students. Also, this was my first time traveling to Panama. I am so happy that I got to do some sightseeing while I volunteered! Great experience for future vets!

Piera LoMedico

Board Member

Rating: 5

Before I joined the board to SPAYes USA in 2008, I was just an animal lover looking for help for the animals near my Grandmother's home in Santiago, Veraguas. I researched non-profits, and discovered Spay Panama. Pat, director of Spay Panama, responded to my email quickly, for plea to help the less fortunate animals. I was invited to volunteer at a blitz, and witnessed first hand the wonderful work that Spay Panama is doing to change the lives of MANY dogs and cats, and guardians. The Spay Team is a fast, smooth, oiled machine, that does not miss a beat. The organization is VERY organized, dedicated, and "The Best." After I joined the board, I travel there through out the year from Georgia, USA, and am always excited for an off-site Blitz, and clinic volunteering. There is alot of hard work involved, but the reward is knowing you have changed a life in this world! I love this group, and witnessed first hand that this is a true NON-PROFIT.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian and have been to Panama twice over the past three years to help with sterilizations at the clinic and out of town blitzes. The organization is one of the most efficient that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I will be returning to help again, hopefully before the end of this year. I would ask everyone reading this to please donate to help this organization. It is rare that an organization uses their money so wisely. 40,000+ sterilizations in 11 years is amazing. I doubt that there are many other groups that could claim the same success rate, certainly not on the shoe string that this organization operates with. They do good work, take very good care of the animals and the president of the organization is tireless in her efforts to bring about a better life for as many dogs and cats as she can. Looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful people in Panama soon.

Isabel K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Jule S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lauren D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

nbaran

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Spay Panama provides sterilization in order to stop the misery of cats and dogs caused by overpopulation. The wonderful team of volunteers takes care of registration, preparation of the animal and post operative care. The veteranarians use the quick spay method. As part of the team, I do post-op: inject vitamins, clean ears, deworm, use anti-flea spray. The dogs get a rabbies vaccination. It is a great team, doing great work, and we can always use some extra help: www.spaypanama.org