Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2011

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Friday, March 18, 2011

What started out as an afternoon volunteering to help feed the World Vets Team, turned into the most amazing experience of a lifetime! I guess it's all about being in the right place, at the right time.That's how it was for me over the last three days.

During the time I spent working as a volunteer with the World Vets I am happy to report that we were responsible for performing 123 spay/neuters and saw over 350 "out patients". According to our Team Leader Dr. Winnie Krogman, these were very good numbers !
I really must commend this team of experts from all over the U.S. and Canada. If you came to the clinic during the three days and actually witnessed the professional manner in which these Dr.'s, tech's and assistants worked, you would be as impressed as I was. The actual clinic was set-up in the former SJdS Police station.Picnic tables were set-up in the main lobby, and two areas were set aside for "pre op" and "recovery". During the three days I was there it looked more like an army "M.A.S.H." unit, but functioned like clockwork!! These World Vet's really know what they are doing,and I am happy to report that we didn't lose a patient!


Starting at 8:00 am every morning, until 6:00 pm the World Vet's performed dog and cat spay/neuter's.



For 3 days I volunteered in the post operation recovery room. Here the "patients" were given a variety of pain medications, antibiotics , flea & tick removal, etc.....until they had made a full recovery, and were reunited with their owner's.

After 72 pretty intense hours, we finished with the last surgery in the mid afternoon. Overall it was a very successful 3 day clinic. There are many local people that I must mention because if it were not for these people I doubt it would have run so smoothly! Firstly a HUGE thank you to Cathy and George Knight.This couple worked around the clock to provide food,laundry,communication and a whole lot more!!  (Cathy speaks fluent Spanish) I think George stayed up all night to wash all the sheets, blankets and towels!! What a guy :-)


This is Cathy. She made sure everything ran smoothly, and she headed up the volunteer group responsible for feeding all the World Vet's.Cathy is very well known and respected in San Juan del Sur.We were all very happy she had so much to offer :-)  

Another big "Thank you" to Big Wave Dave, for providing a generator on our last day! Yup, we had a scheduled power outage from 10-5 yesterday, but Big Wave Dave came through and made it possible for us to make it to the end.

Muchas Gracias to four of my favorite gal pal's Sandra, Trudy,Anna, and Miss Renda Sue ! I love these ladies.They provided the food for the World Vet's, and Sandra and her husband George invited the entire World Vet team to their home at Pelican Eye's for a fabulous farewell dinner!
Honorable mention to LB from ElBeestro for the yummy chicken kababs!


Another local individual that needs to be recognized for her tireless efforts is Heather "Blue" van Doorninck. Blue brought about 20 dogs from her barrio in Escamequita. She stayed all day at the clinic and waited for all the dog's to come out of recovery. She bought lunches for many of the pet owner's, and she shuttled pet's and people all day! Then as if that were not enough, she brought several cases of cold beer for the World vet's Team at the end of the 3 day clinic.!! Thanks are awesome XOX



At the after party, held at Sandra and George Cooper's fabulous Casa on top of Pelican Eye's


So nice to see all the World Vet volunteer's relaxing after a long three days in the clinic! 

Lastly, but certainly not least, I would like to thank all the pet owner's of San Juan del Sur, who took the time to bring their pets to the World Vet's. I know it was not an easy task for many of these people to do, but I believe these pets are very lucky to have someone to love them :-)




It is all about "The love of animals"...........Once again, from the bottom of my heart.......thank you Dr. Winnie and the rest of your team for giving me the most rewarding experience! Hope I see you all again next time.................

Oh ya, and finally............If I never see another tick, it will be too soon!!

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Marla on

I think this is awesome of you to have been involved in this Deed. It's so rewarding to give back isn't it? Just think if more people just donated even a little bit more - even just of their time - never mind money - how much better a world we would all live in? So good for you - really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing.

deedledee on

Well thank you, but it is I who am grateful for having the opportunity to help out.As my sister you already know my love for all animals goes way back, so you know that I would jump right into this.I have joined the World Vet's Membership,and look forward to traveling around to help out whenever I can. I've been invited to go to Peru next year by one of the Vet's from this trip, so I can hardly wait! Yes I do wish more people would "give back".The people in this small town sure did!! Can't believe it is almost time to come home, see you soon. XO

Clay on

Dee,What a wonderful story. Another reason to be in love with SJDS and all of the beautiful people that are a part of this paradise. Stay well my friend.

Renda on

Dee, you were amazing! Watching you with all your enery and taking care of those little kitties and dogs with such tenderness tuged at my heart.
How lucky we are to have you as a part of our community and for Ralph and I for your friendship. You are what all of life should be about!

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