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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 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

Claudia Inoue
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 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

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Comment by Claudia Inoue on August 30, 2010 at 11:10am are so welcome!!!! Trust me, we are THRILLED it was such a success!!! My little blonde head is already working on raising the funds once again!!!!! Stay tuned!
Comment by Eva Paloheimo on August 30, 2010 at 11:05am
Thank you to everyone for all your support to help make the Chimayo mobile s/n clinic a success!! Many thanks to Claudia and all the other donors and to all the local and SFAS volunteers who worked very hard indeed! We ended up doing 34 surgeries and saw an additional 46 pets needing services such as vaccinations, micro chips, heartworm testing, deworming, nail trimming, etc. Oh, and one chicken that had been attacked by a dog.

Chimayo is a community I have wanted to serve for a long time yet it was only with the help of Claudia's fundraising abilities that we were finally able to make it a reality. And if we can indeed hold an additional clinic there, I will be very happy indeed:)

And a special thank you to Claudia and Sloan for the wonderful treats that were delivered mid afternoon:)
Comment by Claudia Inoue on August 29, 2010 at 9:21pm
Alix, I'm exhausted, but also very happy....on to raise the funds AGAIN....we have a waiting list for more people in Chimayo who want their animals sterilized!!!!
Comment by MicheleElys on August 29, 2010 at 12:13pm
What an incredible service you are providing for all the communities. Eva and all volunteers and coordinators - thumbs up to you!!! Thirty five and counting is tremendous. Catch your breathe for the next one.
Comment by Claudia Inoue on August 29, 2010 at 11:42am
LOL! You're funny, Cindy...thanks!

Already I have had one pledge for more funds to take the van up to Chimayo again!!!! Woohoooooooooooo!
Comment by CindyR on August 29, 2010 at 11:39am
Claudia & Sarah -- you both ROCK!! You have earned WONDER WOMAN status in my mind! :-)

Comment by Lily Azures on August 29, 2010 at 10:27am
Awesome job Claudia!
Comment by Chris Dowd on August 29, 2010 at 9:01am
BRAVO!! A huge thanks to everyone who made this happen.
Comment by Kitty Zimmer on August 29, 2010 at 8:28am
Thanks for sharing the photos of the clinic -- and most of all thanks for making it happen. How rewarding that must be for you to see the direct impact of your contributions. We're lucky to have the mobile clinic out there to reach pet guardians in the outlying areas.

Our Cat Spay of Santa Fe program has been working closely with the mobile clinic -- last week 18 of our free vouchers were used to fix cats at their Edgewood Clinics for people who couldn't afford the low cost of the mobile program -- I think a few were used in Chimayo as well. Since our participating vet clinics are in Santa Fe it wold be difficult for the residents of these areas to get to them. Because of caring people like you and the others that fund the clinics their cats and dogs can be fixed too.
Comment by Ben Swan on August 28, 2010 at 11:56pm
Good work Claudia!

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