What is the Mexi-Can Vet Project all about?
Originally founded by Dr. Malcolm McCartney from Victoria, BC, the Mexi-Can Vet Project is a loosely organized group of veterinary staff from a wide range of Canadian vet clinics ( and sometimes American clinics) whose passion is to volunteer their time to improve the lives of animals in need. In April and November, volunteers travel from all over North America to participate in free spay/neuter clinics which take place in La Penita, just North of beautiful Puerto Vallarta. The bi-annual sterilization clinics are the creation of the wonderful animal advocate Lin Chimes from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR), and combine the efforts of vet techs, vets and many animal loving volunteers from Mexico, Canada and the USA. Over the course of just 4 days, volunteers work in a makeshift outdoor “hospital”, performing spays and neuters on 350-400 cats and dogs. In addition, due to the vast medical knowledge and surgical skills of some of the veterinary volunteers, many animals with health issues such as cancer, leg injuries, eye injuries and dental issues have been helped over the years.
Some of the animals brought to the clinic are strays and are rounded up on the local streets on the morning of the event and brought in to be spayed or neutered. Many of the animals are owned by local Mexicans, who cannot afford to pay for the surgery for their pets. Since its inception in 2003, JBAR has spayed or neutered over 11,000 animals, which has made a huge difference in the human and pet community.
Dr. Buxton and Port Moody Animal Hospital’s Participation
Dr. Buxton has been volunteering her time to help at the spay/neuter clinics since 2013 and has seen first-hand the need for veterinary care for pets and strays and the amazing difference that the efforts of JBAR and the Mexi-Can Vet Project has made in the local communities. It is her goal to continue to contribute to this worthwhile project, as well as have staff from Port Moody Animal Hospital join her.
Covid has unfortunately put a halt to these clinics temporarily, however JBAR continues to support the many animal health needs in the area by paying for veterinary care from local Mexican vets. Your donations are needed now more than ever.
How you can help the Mexi-Can Vet Project
Monetary donations are the most helpful way to contribute. Your donations go toward the surgical and medical supplies that are required to run the clinics. Any extra money is donated to JBAR to help pay for ongoing medical and surgical care of animals treated at local clinics in La Penita and to run their animal shelter in La Colonia.100% of the funds that you donate go to support the project.
How can you donate?
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For more information, contact us at [email protected].
Note: We are unable (as of April 2021) unable to issue a CRA tax receipt for monetary donations.