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 (population 4,000) and our neighboring towns of San Antonio Aguas Calientes (population 12,000), Santiago Zamora (population 800), San Miguel Dueñas (population 14,000) and San Lorenzo el Cubo (population 10,000).

       

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.

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 as of September 2018 we have passed 350.

For those interested in supporting animal well-being, a monthly donation can be made- for example, $10/month buys three saline IV’s, $15/month pays for a spay or neuter surgery. We have ten (10!) girls coming up in their studies that want to be veterinarians, which is so exciting! Currently three are in primary school and six are in middle school and can be supported for $13/month, and one is entering career school in 2019 (in general sciences to prepare for the university). Her expenses will be $60/month and any portion of that can be sponsored.

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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)

CINCO LIBERTADES (Five Freedoms)

 

                                                                                                         

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