Cuale Spay & Neuter Clinics – September 5, 2023

On Sunday 5 September, the Cuale Spay & Neuter Clinics held their monthly clinic.  In total they completed 106 animals comprising 62 cats and 44 dogs, all rescues.   Paws and Claws Puerto Vallarta provided the funding for 96 of the surgeries.   

It was reportedly a crazy busy day which included helping the cats from the inmates at Ixtapa Prison and a rescued dog that had been abused.  

The wonderful vets and volunteers hard at work

Angela Kelleher and Laura Peña have been working with the Ixtapa Prison (Penitenciario Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo) authorities to educate the inmates on the proper care of the cats and to help them capture and sterilize any feral ones.  This was the first batch to be sterilized and the team aims to establish an ongoing program to aid the inmates in caring for these animals.

Angela with the Prison cats

One of the dogs brought in to the clinic had been living on the streets and was abused by people in the neighborhood as he foraged for food in the rubbish. He may even have been chained up while being attacked. He became timid and lived a lonely life in fear. As he withdrew, he was also attacked by other street dogs and he arrived at the clinic covered with bites and scratches. While he was recovering from the sterilization, the volunteers tended his wounds as best they could and located a foster home to give him a chance to heal physically and emotionally and complete his recovery.  It was a sad story but hopefully with a happy ending.

Abused animal being comforted by a volunteer while recovering after sterilization