Record Number of Furry Patients Come to JBAR Spay/Neuter November 2016 Clinic

Record Number of Furry Patients Come to JBAR Spay/Neuter November 2016 Clinic                            

Tara A. Spears

Photos by Dorothy Taylor

Vets with Pets 4 Life

Vets with Pets 4 Life

Lin chimes

Lin chimes

 Dr Malcolm, McKenzie Vet Serv.

Dr Malcolm, McKenzie Vet Serv.

A round of applause is not enough to thank the amazing volunteers that manned the recent three and a half day free animal clinic in Guayabitos. Lin Chimes leads the group that was formed in 2003 in response to the large population of homeless dogs and cats- many starving and suffering from disease. The Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue group has developed initiatives to accomplish their mission statement: “Advocating humane and healthy practices for animals in the Jaltemba area of Mexico, by promoting health, education, sterilization, adoptions, foster care and positive relationships with animals and their owners.” All of the JBAR operations are funded by donations and accomplished by volunteers- including the doctors. This week’s spay and neuter clinic helped a whopping 329 four-leg patients! This brings the total number of animals helped at the semi-annual spay neuter clinics to nearly 6,000. Clearly, the community has become aware of the opportunity for their pets and is embracing the cause.

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This efficient clinic could not attain the high level of service without the contributions of many caring individuals. It is inspiring to see the international teamwork of the professional volunteers: Dr. Malcolm MCartney, retired from McKenzie Vet Clinic, Victoria B.C. brought his son, Micheal, as well as his wife Margie. Dr. Malcolm initiated the MexiCan project about 11 years ago- he is truly dedicated to animals. Dr. Anthony Garcia Carrillo and Dr. Jimena Lopez, from Clinica Bastet, Tepic are familiar faces at the clinic. From Puerto Vallarta, Dr. Poly Lopez, with Pets for Life, has worked the JBAR clinics from the beginning. This time, Dr. Poly is accompanied by Dr. Jesus Pacheco Ponce and vet tech Leslie Caratachea who prepped the animals for surgery with a sweet smile! Dr. Carolyn Buxton, another returning supporter who worked tirelessly every day, brought her vet tech, Madeline Palmer, from the South Burnaby Vet Clinic. Welcoming new participants from Nova Scotia, Dr. Ernie Prowse and Pam Prouse from Amherst Vet Hospital were joined by Dr. Donna Spracklin with Fundy Vets, Ltd in Turo. Amazing people who earned heartfelt thanks from our Mexican community!

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As word of the JBAR clinic spread, so did the number of kind hearted, gentle people who look forward to working each clinic, many returning each year to help. Each ‘patient’ and his/her family is greeted with a smile by the bilingual intake ladies; several people assist the vet techs as the animal is anesthetized and shaved before surgery. Once fully under, the animal is moved to one of the operating tables. After the surgery, another strong volunteer takes the animal to the post-op area for recovery. Here many individuals are needed to monitor the animal’s vital signs and when it awakens, remove the IV and breathing tube before putting the animal and paperwork into a crate to await the return of its family. Other volunteers assist with removing ticks and applying flea treatment. Injured and sick animals are also treated besides those coming for spay/neutering. All homeless animals are treated before being made available for adoption.

There are so many rescued animals that need a loving home! Please consider adding a dog or cat to your family. It will make such a difference in the animal’s life!

Join the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue group on Facebook to stay aware of upcoming area events and to see animals available for adoption. Please contact Lin Chimes if interested in adopting, donating, or to receive the JBAR newsletter: linchimes@hotmail.com

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