Helping in Todos Santos, Guatemala 2014
Our time in Guatemala has again come to an end. The ending is always bittersweet as we are thrilled at what we accomplished, but sad to be leaving our new friends. The week was quite successful with over 80 spays and neuters performed and over 450 rabies vaccines given. Thanks to some special generosity, we were even able to provide Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis vaccines to some of the younger dogs.
The Allandale group was lucky enough this year to be able to participate in the Community Day on Saturday. The day is used to raise awareness of rabies and proper pet care, particularly among the children in Todos Santos. There is no doubt that the people in Todos Santos love their dogs and cats as much as we do. As Jen said, “We share the same love.” However, the lives of the people are often dominated by hard work and difficulties, so it is not surprising that they are not able to provide the luxuries that our pets receive every day. It is obvious that there is a bond though, when you see the tail wags as the dogs respond to their owners or the way the little girls cradle their cats in their arms. Through events such as Community Day, we are hoping that we can teach the children better pet care, so it becomes more and more ingrained into the culture of the community.