Day #1 of the “Pets For Life” spay and neuter clinic in Las Varas was a great success. Dr. Mari organized this clinic in the Commisario de Ejido on the town plaza, so it was easy to find for the locals and a smoother layout/space for the team.

A special thanks to Dr. Carla Bell, from Saseenos Veterinary Services in Sooke, BC, who continues to sponsor these clinics in Las Varas.

Las Varas 2014 Clinic 2
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Las Varas 2014 Clinic 5

Local Las Varas vet Dr. Hildegardo performed check-in, Dr. Poli worked the prep table (Paulina was off that day), so Dr. Anthony and Dra. Jimena were able to perform a total of 33 sterilizations, which consisted of 12 cats and 21 dogs. A few locals dropped by to help with post-op care for their animals and handle kennels, though generally the clinic was smoothly run with 7-9 people.

By the end of Day 4, a total of 120 animals were sterilized over this 3.5 day clinic in Las Varas. Saturday saw a cap on the number of animals registered, as we were running out of anesthetic once we passed the 100 animal estimate. Fortunately, a number of cats and small dogs were sterilized, so there was some anesthetic remaining, allowing for the extra 20 add-ons.

Las Varas 2014 Clinic 4
Las Varas 2014 Clinic 6

Each year we see greater community involvement in the Las Varas clinics. Every animal sterilized at the clinic was brought in by a concerned family member. Many locals remained at the clinic to help. As we ran out of kennels to store each animal, due to high demand and volume, this became a bonus for those wanting to help at the clinic. Animals without kennels underwent surgery early in the day, and the animal was able to return home for a full recovery as soon as they left the recovery table.

Local Ejido and politicos attended the clinic, and there was discussion to fund a second clinic this year as well. It will be interesting to see where this community involvement and interest takes Las Varas.

by Rob Erickson

About Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR): Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) was established in 2003 and advocates humane and healthy practices for animals in the Jaltemba Bay area by promoting health, education, spay and neutering, adoptions, foster care and positive relationships with animals and their owners. JBAR also works to find homes for street dogs and cats. This effort has significantly improved the overall health and enjoyment of life in Jaltemba Bay for human visitors, residents and also our four-legged friends. To learn more or to make a donation, visit Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR).