Not a week goes by when someone doesn’t call me for assistance with an animal problem. The callers are Northamericans as well as Mexicans. While the only program that we formally orchestrate is the annual spay/neuter clinic, we have always been generous with our time and whatever funds are in the spay fund to help animals in emergency situations. Not a week goes by either when a tourist doesn’t mention how good San Pancho looks and how few diseased and starving animals are seen.
The comments are certainly gratifying. And after 15 years of clinics and over 1,500 animals neutered, we know we are making progress. But the work is never done, and there is so much more we could be doing. In neighborhoods off “Main Street,” the poisoning of unwanted animals continues. Most animals who are poisoned are animals who are living in the streets with inadequate care and food. They are animals who were born to other strays or even to peoples’ house pets who were never neutered. We are trying very hard to end that cruelty and educate more and more people as to why neutering animals is so important.
Our next spay/neuter clinic will be 18 – 21 APRIL, 2012. If you value the quality of life here in San Pancho, here’s how you can help:
1) Volunteer some hours --
a. Helping to set up the clinic on the afternoon of the 17th
b. Helping to sign in animals on the four AMs of clinic days
c. Running as a “go-fer” during clinic hours
d. Providing housing for the vets
e. Providing dinners at your restaurant for the vets
f. Making lunches for the clinic volunteers
g. Helping families transport their animals to and from the clinic
h. Helping to tear down and clean up after the clinic on the 21st
2) Become a spokesperson for the clinic. Talk to your neighbors and employees if you see they have a breeding farm in their backyards. Encourage them to neuter their animals. Most women in the pueblo are taking contraceptives to control their family numbers. They will thank you for helping them do the same for their loved pets.
3) If you cannot volunteer in any of the ways listed above, please give a generous donation so the clinic can be a success, and so we can increase its frequency to twice a year. All donations are tax-deductible (receipts will be provided).
Year after year, the same core group of volunteers gives precious time and money to help keep the clinic afloat. We are very thankful and appreciative for those good friends. But the health of San Pancho shouldn’t be of interest to nor the responsibility of just a few people. Businesses who sell real estate or rent houses care how our pueblo looks; restaurants do not want stray animals begging at the tables of tourists; beach visitors don’t want to step in excrement at every turn; and all the other businesses in town, both Northamerican- and Mexican-owned, should care what goes on in this pueblo.
We need broader pueblo participation to keep this clinic going. If you value this program, please help in any way that you can. For those of you who have already given a donation to this year’s upcoming clinic, our heartfelt thanks. For those of you who have not, NOW is the time to show your support.
For more information, please contact the San Pancho Spay/Neuter Clinic organizers:
Judith Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty McIntyre, email@example.com
If you are in the USA and wish to donate, please make your check out to PEACE, earmark it in the memo line “San Pancho Clinic,” and mail it to:
261 Arlington Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
REMEMBER THE DATES: 18 – 21 APRIL, 2012
COMING SOON, SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC
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