Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014

5th Annual Spay / Neuter Campaign January 2014. Calling All Volunteers!

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The overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats in Mexico is a problem one cannot deny.  In an effort to reduce the amount of hungry and homeless animals in the Yucatan, Planned Pethood and YAPA (Yucatan Ayuda Para Animales) in conjunction with local animal shelters are preparing for the 5th annual 8 day sterilization clinic in the Yucatan.  Last year, ‎2775 animals were sterilized in the area thanks to the efforts of Planned Pethood InternationalPlanned Pethood México, YAPA, AFAD, Cinco Patas and Evolucion Animal, volunteer veterinarians from around the world and all the incredibly giving volunteers who stepped up to help.

SNNC registration

This year there will be 3 separate locations where dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered at no cost to the owners.  This with the help of AFAD securing the funding from the Government of Progreso to pay for Progreso campaign and the Government of Kanasin for their campaign.  In addition, AFAD has received a donation to cover all of the anesthesia for all 3 campaigns from a foundation out of Mexico City. The free surgeries will take place for 3 days in Progreso, 3 days in Merida, and 2 days in Kanasin during these dates:

January – 17, 18, 19 in Progreso

January – 21, 22, 23 in Merida

 January – 25 and 26 in Kanasin

SNNC surgery room
Any and all help is appreciated for all 8 days. YAPA will be assisting with coordinating the volunteers and food for both Progreso and Kanasin and is asking for help specifically for the Kanasin clinic:

1. Meal service for 60-100 people on Sunday the 26th – can be simple as sandwiches, or as elaborate as you want as long as it’s easy to eat.  There is no time or space to sit down so everyone eats on the go.

2. Snacks like fruit, granola bars, pretzels, etc. for both Saturday and Sunday and a couple loaves of sandwiches for each day would be appreciated.  Sodas and water are definitely needed as well.

3. People for the following responsibilities:

TRANSPORTATION – cars and drivers are needed to take the visiting Vets to and from Kanasin.

RECOVERY and MEDICATIONS – all volunteers appreciated, but bi-lingual help is very important.

Please contact Debi Kuhn at or visit  to help in these areas.

 SNNC recovery room


For info on the Merida clinics – contact Silvia Cortes or Laura Diaz with Evolucion Animal at or

For info on the Progreso clinics – contact Cindy Wagner with YAPA at  or Maura with AFAD

And remember, the number of dogs ONE unsterilized female and her offspring can produce in 6 years is 67,000.  The number of cats ONE unsterilized female and her offspring can produce in 7 years is 420,000. The money needed to care and feed that many animals is staggering.  Please help us help the animals of the Yucatan by assisting in this campaign.  Gracias!

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