Today, Saturday, August 28, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Van was parked in Chimayo for one full day to spay and neuter animals. It was also a shot clinic.
At last count, as many as 35 animals were spayed/neutered and a waiting list was started of people who wanted to get their animals sterilized but couldn't get in today. I will have an accurate figure from Eva Paloheimo, the coordinator of the van, once she has time to catch her breath!
THANK YOU to Eva and Dr. Tom Parker and the awesome crew of veterinarian technicians and the volunteers taking care of the animals during recovery who worked hard to make today such a success!!!
Eva and Claudia
It was my personal pleasure, along with my friend Sara Easterson-Bond, to be the main sponsor of this event. Sara and I put up a big chunk of the $2,200 needed to sponsor this van for one day and with the help of a few good friends, we were able to raise almost the entire amount, $2,000, to get the van parked in Chimayo today!
With a waiting list started, it is apparent that the need to bring the van back to Chimayo again is great....so I will once again start fundraising efforts to make this possible.
Please remember that for every animal spayed and neutered, countless litters are prevented!
With our shelters overflowing, spay and neuter is at the root of solving this problem and alleviating unnecessary animal suffering and euthanasia because there are no homes for all these animals born from unsterilized pets.
If you would like to help sponsoring the Spay and Neuter Van to sit in Chimayo again, please send your donations to me directly so I can collect them FOR THIS PARTICULAR CAUSE ONLY.
Make your checks out to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, SFASHS, mark the bottom left memo with CHIMAYO and mail them to me at
4774 Airport Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Donations made through the shelter's web site may or may not reach the cause you intend them for if you do not mark them specifically for Chimayo. In the case of this event today, I was able to hand over an envelope directly to the shelter marked CHIMAYO August 28, 2010 to assure the money was used ONLY for this event.
Remember, YOU can make a difference! YOU can help spay and neuter...it is as easy as helping us sponsor the van again, for Chimayo, or for a pueblo....they all need our help.
If you are a business owner, why not sponsor the van courtesy of your business? If you are a private citizen, get involved, ask your friends to help....the flood of animals that no homes are available for is huge....but we can ALL make a difference, one spayed or neutered animal at a time!!!!
One of my very best friends recently sponsored this van all on her own in memory and honor of her father who passed away.....what a WONDERFUL tribute to a loved one!!!!
Volunteers working the event
Volunteers checking on the animals post-surgery
A patient, recovering from surgery
More photos here:
Chimayo Spay and Neuter Van August 28, 2010