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miércoles, 23 de marzo de 2011

Making advances...

It is wonderful to get feedback... whether positive OR negative, it´s always a learning experience...

Today we met with the owner of Chiledar, an organization that helps non-profits in their fundraising efforts.  It was definitely a learning experience and I think although animal related organizations in Chile are not as important to the general public as they are in the US and other more-developed countries, there is always a place to start!!!

After that meeting, we met with the founder of the Gonzalo Olave foundation (www.gonzaloolave.cl), which is probably the most well-known animal rights foundation in Chile.  We were able to see what they do and what they have done in the past and we were even invited to see the land they own in the northern countryside of Santiago, in Quilicura on Sunday!  It should be exciting for us to share our passions for animals!

On another note, we are meeting with a pro-bono student lawyer on Friday to get professional advice on the procedures for opening the NGO, empresa sin fines de lucro, empresa social, etc., and what they all mean...

As well, we have added a member to our team, Dr. Carlos Riquelme, who will be assisting in every surgery and it is a pleasure to have him with us!  We are looking forward to all working together for the cause!

MORE NEWS, as you know, our website is up and running: www.santiagoabandonedanimals.org and we have already received TWO donations!!!  Thank you to our first supporters, you will always be recognized!!!

We will keep you updated as we progress...

Elizabeth Kocek
Santiago Abandoned Animals

sábado, 19 de marzo de 2011

Vamos avanzando!

Estimados Amigos! 

Les podemos contar que estamos muy felices y seguimos trabajando en nuestra misión.

Está semana estuvimos contactando empresas en Santiago, para invitarlos a un evento que haremos en beneficio de la fundación! Estaremos informando oportunamente la hora y día del evento. Pensamos que será el 3r jueves de abril.

Necesitamos reunir US$8500 para poder comenzar con el proyecto, y mensualmente los gastos asociados estarían al rededor de los US$5000. Necesitamos de su ayuda!

También pretendemos la próxima semana reunirnos con la Fundacion Pro Animal Gonzalo Olave y así poder recibir sus consejos, ya que ellos llevan dos años como fundación. Y también, ofrecerles nuestra ayuda para la cientos de perras que ellos alimentan semanalmente.

El equipo se va agrandando, un amigo el Dr. Carlos Riquelme, será nuestro ayudante en cada cirugía que hagamos y eso nos tiene muy felices también porque al igual que Elizabeth y yo para él es muy importante salir con el proyecto adelante.

Visiten nuestra pagina www.santiagoabandonedanimals.org estamos terminando de completarla y pretendemos ya el día lunes tener listo el sistema de paypal para efectuar donaciones. Pronto también la página estará con todos sus contenidos.

Les envió un abrazo a todos! y esperen los contenidos también en inglés =)


Dr. Romina Rojas

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2011

Aspects to Know and Consider

General Info:

     In Chile, for a number of years, there has been the big problem of abandonment of animals, primarily because of the lack of education of the owners and little knowledge of how to responsibly care for one´s pet.

    Therefore, as we see in many Chilean cities, hundreds of abandoned animals who suffer through hunger, cold, rain; old and diseased animals that can also carry the diseases to the general human population.  The problem increases when there are abandoned females who become pregnant and have their litters in the street and the population just gets larger and larger over the years.

     The problem is most visable in the neighborhoods with less economic resources where the population cannot afford to use veterinary services and does not have enough education to decide not to have pets, let alone to take care of them economically speaking.  For these reasons, it´s estimated today that the current street dog population in Santiago is 250,000 to 400,000.  There is not a current estimate of cats at the moment.  However, this is an enormous amount of dogs without homes.

General Description of Foundation:

     Our foundation will be located in the downtown area of Santiago, the capital of Chile.  It will be focused on providing veterinary services primarily the spaying of female dogs and cats.

    We will do this in two ways:  the first will be to select under-developed neighborhoods to spay their dogs with no-cost to the owners.  The second will be to work with an Animal Protection Agency to provide the service to animals that they will bring to us.  Having them as an agency, we can provide post-operative care and find homes for the operated dogs and cats.  As well, they will provide us with the opportunity to provide education and trainings to the general population, in community centers, schools, and day-cares, focused on the responsibilities and care for pets.

    All of the animals involved will leave our foundation healthy; with all the up-to-date vaccines and required shots, inside and out.  

    As we continue to grow, we will continue to need the local and international communities support.  Please pass our information on to everyone you know.

jueves, 3 de marzo de 2011

Organización en trámites para comenzar!

Les cuento que en estos días nos estaremos reuniendo con un Abogado, que nos puede guiar sobre los pasos legales a seguir y poder comenzar lo antes posible con nuestra labor!, que es lo que más queremos.

Esteremos publicando cada paso que vamos dando!
Espero pronto tengamos más seguidores!