Going Above and Beyond
By Lynn Weisberg
In late October, an SPA member who wishes to remain anonymous and who has been helping a family living in the campo for several years, became aware of two other families living nearby with numerous dogs, one of whom had recently given birth. It was apparent that this mama dog had had several litters in the past and while our member was at the SPA getting her dog vaccinated, she mentioned these families. Our vet, Ana Roxanda Godoy, immediately looked at me and said, “We can go out there and sterilize them!” Our vet assistant, Lalo, jumped in and said he’d go too, so the first thing I needed to do was to visit these families and determine if the mama dog was ready for sterilization. She was not, as her puppies were only three weeks old and she was nursing, but three other dogs needed sterilization. So, the following Sunday, we were off and running. We packed my car with everything needed for the operations, plus jackets and socks for the children, extra water, fruit and food for the humans, dog food, dog medications, and even paint (lavender, for the littlest girl’s bedroom) and off we went!
We set up the operating room in the “kitchen” of one of the families, which consists of a bare concrete floor and a hotplate; the owner of this property had one dog to be sterilized and the other family brought two of theirs in a wheelbarrow. I have since returned to these families to check on the progress of the dogs, and all of them did very well after surgery. Finally, mama dog who started us on this journey and was now finished nursing her pups and looking quite exhausted, was spayed on Sunday, December 6, as Roxanda and Lalo have again generously volunteered to give up part of their day off in order to help those less fortunate. I believe mama dog was greatly relieved to be finished with having puppies!
I am so pleased to be part of the SPA team, with such dedicated and kindhearted staff and volunteers. Their generosity of spirit is never-ending and is inspirational. To our anonymous member who alerted us to the plight of these families and their dogs, thank you for your huge heart and non-stop efforts to help the poorest of the poor. You are special.