2018 Spay/Neuter Brigade

The Foundation for Cultural Exchange, along with veterinarians from Planned Pethood Mexico and local Salvadoran veterinarians, is launching the first annual Spay/Neuter Brigade in El Espino, El Salvador to improve the health and well-being of both residents and animals. The campaign will take place June 1-3 and will spay/neuter 300 animals in 3 days!The budget for this brigade is approximately $10,000 to ensure that we can provide all the surgeries, medications, and vaccinations free of cost. The community of El Espino lives at or below the poverty line, so we believe this is the only way to ensure that no animals go unaltered simply because of an inability to pay. We are requesting half of the funding from corporate sponsors and foundations (including in-kind requests for supplies), but are calling on our community to help us raise the other half in cash. Click here to view the trip flyer.

We are also recruiting travelers to take part in this volunteer brigade. The trip is May 29-June 6 and includes cultural activities in and around the capital city of San Salvador following the three-day spay/neuter campaign in our sister city of El Espino. The all-inclusive cost of $1,800 covers your air transportation, lodging, and meals while in the country.

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Our goal is to build solidarity and friendship through meaningful support and people-to-people exchange with the people of El Espino who are working towards lasting economic and social development in their community.