!Estoy Cansada!

I just noticed how the word “cansada” meaning “tired” looks pretty close to “Canadian” which I also am.  But yesterday at the end of a busy, busy day I was “cansada”.

It all began with an early rise for the the big spay and neuter event in our little community.  Our animal group has worked very hard for the last year to fund-raise for just such an event in the hopes that we could get our town folk to buy into the idea of having their pets sterilized.  All our work paid off fantastically with the completion of 180 sterilizations.  The beginning of the day, looked something like this:


We had many volunteers from within our community and beyond.  Everyone’s job was important; from giving out the registration numbers, caring for an animal whose owner was unable to be there, pre-op, transportation both around town and from one station to another and post-op.



And then of course there were the wonderful, hardworking people from SpayPanama, without whose expertise this event wouldn’t have been possible.




And then there was the reason why we do this.

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At first the influx of animals was overwhelming but once the first couple of groups were through the system the day passed quickly and our SpayPanama crew were packing up their things to go.

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I’ve left the answer to the burning question on your mind for last.  Of course it’s: “What job did you do?”  Let’s just say that I wielded a fierce electric shaver, learned how to express bodily waste from sleeping critter, had a great technique while spraying disinfectant  and I hope not to see another animal scrotum or penis for a while.  Well, at least not until we can help our local pet community once again…in the campo.

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10 Responses to !Estoy Cansada!

  1. mcmoller says:

    Reblogged this on Our Third Life-Pedasi, Panama and commented:
    Mi amiga wrote a great blog on the Spay/Neuter event in Pedasi. It was a great success thanks to all the volunteers, SpayPanama and the community at large for bringing their 100 dogs and 80 cats. Estoy muy cansada tambien, but it was worth it.

  2. Truly a great day!
    You all did good!!!!

    • indacampo says:

      I did not realize how truly bad standing on concrete floors for long periods of time is until you have to do it for a day. 🙂

  3. Yep, you look like you’ve got it going on with those clippers! Congrats to all of you for a big job well done 🙂

    • indacampo says:

      Feeling much better today but my hips sure hurt yesterday from standing on the concrete for eight hours. Not to mention having my feet in running shoes all day! Feeling really good though and Connie and I are off today posting flyers for the Mercado on Saturday, we owe SpayPanama a lot of money, just waiting for the bill! Although we were pleasantly surprised at how many donations we did get, we encouraged people to give even a dollar or two to show responsibility for their pets. 🙂

      • Glad you are feeling better.
        I’m curious about what the clinic costs. I wonder if people knew what it takes they would be willing to chip in a bit more to make it work out. It seems only fair that the people bringing in pets pay what they can too.

      • indacampo says:

        The suggested donation is $15.00 for a cat and $25.00 for a dog but larger dogs and purebreds are more expensive. We encouraged every owner to donate what they could afford and assured them that the group would subsidize the rest. Some only had a dollar or two but those with more paid more. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we took in but I’m still waiting for the bill to see how much we need to pay for SpayPanama’s expenses. We already paid for one night’s accommodation (they stayed for two). We have a lot of low income people in our area and we are just so, so happy that so many of them brought their animals because the ability to pay was not a barrier and many brought multiple animals. We got 11 cats from one house (she has 13) and a few people came with five dogs. All the work that we’ve done to fund raise and the time we took to got to EVERY house in town and to put up flyers around the district gave us fantastic results. We had people come from all over the peninsula as far away as Cañas on one end and Guarare on the other. 🙂

      • Maybe you won’t be too far off the mark then with the money. It sounds like you have gotten a lot of good support. None of this would be happening though without the hard work of you and all the others on the project. Think of all the unwanted animals you have spared! It’s a really good thing you are doing.

  4. This project is so wonderful. I thank all the volunteers. Your efforts are appreciated. My retirement plans include volunteering in this capacity. I can hardly wait.

  5. Reblogged this on MaxineAndrews's Blog and commented:
    I am an animal lover! so this type of community effort I very close to my heart. I plan on working with the animal group in the community where I retire.

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