Animal Well-Being

Animal well-being is an important value for Small Change 4 Big Change and in 2018 we were able to open Amor Animal, a low-cost veterinary clinic here at the center to serve the pets of low-income families, and street dogs. We are cultivating a new culture of animal well-being in our town of Santa Catarina Barahona and our neighboring towns of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Santiago Zamora, Dueñas and San Lorenzo el Cubo.


We have a list of dogs waiting to be spayed and neutered and we are thrilled that the local indigenous people are changing their mindset and understanding how important sterilization is and more importantly, animal well-being. People are learning that animals have rights, deserve respect and should have all of their needs met and be comfortable.

Here is the Powerpoint presentation we use in local schools and also a coloring sheet for children, please feel free to use these materials.

BIENESTAR ANIMAL (Well-being of Animals)


Abandoned dogs is a massive problem world-wide, not only in Guatemala. In our community, people prefer male animals, so they don’t have to worry about having a female that gets pregnant. People maintain dogs to protect the house at night, but during the day, dogs are let out in the street to fend for themselves- to find their meals so families don’t have to invest in them and to do their needs so families don’t have to clean up after them. This isn’t good for the dogs or the community. If a female gets pregnant, she will most likely be abandoned in the street, or the puppies will be born and left to die in the street. And the cycle repeats itself all over again. In 2017 we spayed/neutered 162 animals and in 2018 so far we have already passed that number as of June.


Thank you for your interest in the well-being of animals!

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