My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Spay Panamas Animals Yes USA, Pooler, GA, USA
I am a veterinarian. I have known about Spay Panama since 2006 when I had opportunity to participate. I have been back many times, on some trips my techs also volunteered and accompanied me. Spay Panama started in 2001 when one woman, Pat Chan, upon her retirement devoted herself to her dream of stopping the suffering of Panama's street animals caused by their exponential over reproduction. To date Spay Panama's low cost program has sterilized over 200,000 of Panama's dogs and cats. Think of the suffering that has stopped. All surgeries are done at cost. The person bringing the animal (s) is asked to pay the cost, but no one is ever turned away. All moneys donated go to covering the medical costs of the surgeries, not administrative costs or salaries. The staff are all volunteers. Many volunteers are animal owners/care takers who learn about the program and how they can help (and that their help is needed and appreciated) after they bring an animal(s) in to be fixed. The only salaried people are the vets. An additional, initially unforeseen benefit that Spay Panama created is its volunteer training program for veterinarians to learn its High Quality, High Volume Quick Spay techniques. There generally is a waiting list of veterinary volunteers from around the world to partake in this training. While with Spay Panama foreign volunteers interact with and get to know local people. They are also guaranteed opportunity to be tourists all while they are helping Panama's poorest four legged citizens.