Our story at Bahia Redonda Marina, Venezuela
From its inception and with the help of its owners, the marina has been a free range, no kill animal sanctuary. Over the years many people have taken on this noble job of caring for the cats and dogs here.
Through neutering, spraying and adoption with the help of many, to include Magda Reyes and Maria Castillo, we have successfully had a steady adoption rate of 15 cats per year.
Sadly though, as this beautiful country deteriorates, people are becoming unable to care for, neuter or spay their pets, and in many cases feed themselves. Consequently, our adoption rate has gone down people are smuggling more kittens or cats into the marina in the hopes that since they are unable to care for their pets, maybe we will be able to and we do, well we try.
With the cost of food and medicine going up, this has become a difficult task for us. We are doing the best we can, this includes feeding the animals twice a day, veterinary visits if they become really sick. (I say really sick, because we have been taught how to diagnose and treat small ailments from a few helpful Veterinary Doctors in order to save us money). We regularly de-worm, neuter or spay all adult cats and dogs.
We are now asking you to help us with the cost of food, medicine, surgery and other medical bills for our animals.
• Our first goal is to continue to care for the 56 cats and 4 dogs in this lovely little animal heaven. To be able to adequately feed and care for them, and whenever possible find good homes for them.
• Our second goal is to continue to work with veterinary doctors and local animal protection people, in order to help poor people Spay and Neuter their pets for free, or at a fraction of the price that a veterinary clinic would charge.
• Continue our Trap Neuter Return program for animals who live on the streets, in public markets, and parks. In the past year alone, we have sterilized 150 cats and several dogs. Medicine for these procedures is very difficult to find or very expensive. .
We are looking for help in the form of Pay Pal, credit card donations, crowd funding or with our arrangement with a shipping company that will receive food purchased by you at Amazon and sent directly to us. We hope you can find it in your hart to help us! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Primary caregiver for all cats: John Ponko & Dellisa Flavius. Captain and First mate of Sailing Vessel: Fortitude. Pays for food, medicine, medical bills, neutering and spraying, feeds all cats and one dog, takes care of all medical needs.
Primary caregiver for dogs: Diana Thompson from United States lives on Sailing Vessel : Zephyrus. Pays for food and medical care of the dogs, feeding of the dogs. Naming very new cat that shows up, occasionally feeding and daily cuddling sections with animals.
Volunteer 1 : Magda Reyes. Helps with finding good homes for our adorable animals, in charge of organizing and running our Jornadas (day of Sterilization or day of Neutering and Spaying).
Volunteer 2 : María Castillo. Our Photographer, social media expert, and created of this lovely website with the help of her company Ciwok Agency.