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    kudos to all for helping the animals AND special thanks to you and to Mr Bieman (Bucuti owner) for such huge committment and dedication.

    i am so glad to hear of the education program being developed for the kids!

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    After visiting Aruba for the past 30 years and living in Aruba for the past 12 years trying to help the animals one at a time, the spay/neuter campaign sponsored by the Bucuti Hotel is the most positive step yet in finally controlling the stray dog and cat population of Aruba. The owner of the Bucuti hotel has always been an advocate for the Aruba animals, so it is not surprising that they have made a multi year commitment to this campaign. When first hearing about the campaign, I wondered if people would take advantage of the program, but in less than 3 weeks since it's start, more than 800 animals have been registered! All vets on the island are participating in the campaign. The rescue groups are also allowed to take advantage of the low cost spay/neuter.
    https://www.facebook.com/stimamisterilisami/

    There is an education program being developed for the schools also.

    Maybe there is finally hope in getting the stray animal population under control?

    Kathy, on behalf of Arf-Aruba

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugar View Post
    After visiting Aruba for the past 30 years and living in Aruba for the past 12 years trying to help the animals one at a time, the spay/neuter campaign sponsored by the Bucuti Hotel is the most positive step yet in finally controlling the stray dog and cat population of Aruba. The owner of the Bucuti hotel has always been an advocate for the Aruba animals, so it is not surprising that they have made a multi year commitment to this campaign. When first hearing about the campaign, I wondered if people would take advantage of the program, but in less than 3 weeks since it's start, more than 800 animals have been registered! All vets on the island are participating in the campaign. The rescue groups are also allowed to take advantage of the low cost spay/neuter.
    https://www.facebook.com/stimamisterilisami/

    There is an education program being developed for the schools also.

    Maybe there is finally hope in getting the stray animal population under control?

    Kathy, on behalf of Arf-Aruba
    This is outstanding! Such great news! I have been following those events. A big Thank You to Mr. Ewald Bieman who has such a big heart.

    It's wonderful that so many residents participate in this spay/neuter campaign. 800 registrations! WOW!

    A big Thank You to you and your organization and all the others who are working so hard to save so many dogs and puppies, cats and kittens.

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    The spay/neuter program is in full swing right now. Rona Coster posted a great video, many photos and info on her Bati Bleki FB.

    For those interested, here is the link:

    https://www.facebook.com/BatiBlekiBuzz/

    I'm so grateful that many stray dogs will be spayed and neutered to prevent the overpopulation of Aruba's cunucu dogs. Those dogs are so smart and so sweet, I wished each and everyone would find a loving home.

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    More info on the spay/neuter campaign which is happening right now:

    https://www.facebook.com/AnimalBalance/

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    Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber visited the spay/neuter campaign "Operation Cunuce" today and thanked the volunteers. What a nice gesture.

    From his FB (in Papiamento):

    Bishitando y mustrando e sosten na Operation Cunucu cu den un par di dia di operacion a resulta di ta uno exitoso. masha pabien y danki na tur e voluntarionan cu ta contribuyendo den e proceso aki cu tambe ta contribui na mehora e calidad di nos producto.

    https://www.facebook.com/ooduber

    And three photos:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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    Positive developments on the spay/neuter campaign:

    OPERATION CUNUCU RECAP!!!!

    The first 'Operation Cunucu' on Aruba brought together over 60 volunteers from Aruba and around the world. 337 of the most at risk and difficult to trap dogs were sterilized and the volunteers were trained in the art of MASH (Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital) and Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR).

    You simply cannot have that many compassionate, dedicated and hard working people together, in one place, without creating positive change. The energy created during this past week is the size of a Tsunami wave. There is a compassionate army going into action. I think everyone would agree that last week was boot camp.


    This amazing army of volunteers worked such long hours, sweated buckets, laughed, cried and dug down deep to find the energy that they didn't even know they had to help the most at risk dogs on Aruba; the street and dump dogs. They did it, they found a way.


    The rescue groups, the folks that flew in as they had a previous connection with the dogs, the Animal Balance team and the community here in Aruba have made a clear statement together; TNR for street dogs is possible and it is the solution to reduce the population and stop the pain and suffering of the dogs, forever.


    There is no doubt about it, this project was a tremendous success. We put the dogs center stage in everyone's minds. The Minister Of Heath and Minister of Tourism toured our clinic and the Senator was with us every day, literally carrying dog crates and pitching in. The decision makers of Aruba saw and heard how much this service is needed and how these amazing compassionate people are ready to make it happen.


    Now is the time for change.
    Now is the time to be focused
    Now everyone is on board.
    Now everyone is trained.

    Now is the time to work together to help the dogs and the communities who are so desperate for these services......It happens NOW for the dogs of Aruba.

    Animal Balance is very proud to have led such an awesome event. Please share your stories and knowledge and help others to become involved. The dogs need you to be the best advocates you possibly can. Help by participating, writing letters of support to Government, posting positive Operation Cunucu stories, or by donating to Operation Cunucu. You can do something to help, everyone can.


    The beautiful dogs of Aruba deserve nothing less. Fix them, vaccinate them and return them to where they live. Then the problem can be solved forever.
    As Animal Balance heads home we would all like to say thank you for your gracious hospitality and kindness. Everyone from Operation Cunucu is family now and as such we keep in touch with one another; that is our strength. Thank you and thank you to the dogs for bringing us all together.

    https://www.facebook.com/AnimalBalance/?pnref=story

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    Rona Coster had a nice article about "Operation Cunucu" in her column:

    What I learned from Operation Cunucu

    The recent mass spaying and neutering operation in collaboration with Animal Balance USA brought together many dog advocate organizations from the island. They were all cooped up at Centro Dakota for five days, receiving the public, handling dogs, puppies, operating on about 350 males and females of all ages, getting some ready for adoption, dealing with the heartbreak of returning neutered puppies back into the street, and most disturbingly back to the dump, and the fact that they are all still talking to each other is a miracle.


    What am I talking about, that is not true. Before Operation Cunucu, there was little communication between the diverse local rescue operations. Many resented each other’s beliefs and procedures, and they all did their own thing, believing their way is BEST.


    With Operation Cunucu then were brought in to collaborate. And that is ARUBA’S BIG GAIN, the fact that Aruba Flight Volunteers and Animal Rights and New Life for Paws and Centro Veterinario Contrera the government, including the MinTour and MinHealth, member of Parliament Donny Rasmijn, Aimee Henriquez, of course the two who started the ball rolling, Gina Potter and Shelley Chadwick. Additional players, from the Netherlands, Mercedes De Bruyn, with her United Dog Foundation, and Dr. Juan Henao of Animal Health Clinic in Aruba, who showed up and lent an active hand.


    Basically, the week started with a bunch of volunteers from all over, introducing and uniting the local resources. I hear talk about one big umbrella organization, that would learn from Animal Balance but do its own initiative next. I applaud that, that is BEST, while we appreciate all that Animal Balance has done for us we are NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, we are a first world country and we should be able to help ourselves. I will support any LOCAL umbrella organization undertaking mass neutering and spaying, because the rescue of puppies in noble and admirable, but we have to get to the core of the problem, which is reproduction control. We should clean out own messes and take care of our own challenges. We spend so much money on glitter and feathers in Carnival, we should be able to spay and neuter our pets!


    BEFORE SIGNING OFF: The government HAS to introduce a dog tag program. Anyone who wants to have a dog/cat must present at the local vet for a tag, and vaccinations. You may charge Awg 45 for the government tag, then extra for the vaccinations. Then at Awg 75 for neutering, which is subsidized by the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, you stand a chance at enjoying your pet, and saving our community from unwanted animals.


    IN A PERFECT WORLD: We should have a teacher, going from school to school, a paid for Animal Right advocate, a professional, making her/his way through our educational system to teach children about proper care to cats and dogs.

    http://batibleki.visitaruba.com/8am-...ration-cunucu/

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    Excellent news!

    Amigoe article, Google Translation:

    Sequel to Operation Cunucu with local animal welfare organizations

    Saturday, May 21 2016 12:51

    Caught dogs are brought to Centro Dakota, where Operation Cunucu "helps" them. (Archive photo).

    ORANJESTAD - The stray dog ​​sterilization project Operation Cunucu will be continued. That is the plan of the foundation United dogs Aruba who wants to continue the approach of Animal Balance. They is working on a project plan 2017-2022 and is engaged in a campaign 'Be Part of Their Future "to create awareness and raise funds. The American organization Animal Balance invested $15,000 to "help" the 337 street dogs.

    By our reporter

    Mirte de Rozario

    Emma Clifford, founder of Animal Balance, confirmed yesterday to Daily Herald this amount - converted about 26,000 florins - they got together thanks to donations. The money is used for Operation Cunucu and the team was able to "help" 337 (spay / neuter, care of wounds, administering medications against ticks and anemia). Some hotels provided rooms and the organization could use a car.

    Loops

    The goal of Animal Balance with Operation Cunucu was to operate and treat five hundred stray dogs in the temporary equipped veterinary hospital in Dakota (Centro Dakota). Thay have not met that number. The Animal Balance team namely faced the challenge that many of the females that were captured or who were brought to Dakota through the YMCA of San Nicolas on the dump of Parkietenbos, just have had puppies. Their physical condition made it difficult to operate them, so it took more time. Therefore they could help less dogs than intended, according to the organization. Cunucu operation began on April 26 and lasted five days. The medical team of Animal Balance operated ten hours daily.

    Even during Operation Cunucu Clifford told the Daily Herald that she had been informed that local animal welfare organizations were so impressed with the work of Animal Balance, that they wanted to meet soon to discuss a sequel to the sterilization operation. "That is our purpose of coming to Aruba, the initiative is taken locally," Clifford said.

    Dutch efforts

    Amigoe learned this week of the foundation New Life For Paws, they are in a group Aruban NGOs (non-governmental organization) who is dedicated to the welfare of animals. They are working on a project plan and a concept for the coming years. "We want to come up with a continuation of the sterilization campaign. Then a vet team from the Netherlands, the MASH clinic (as Animal Balance refers to the temporary animal hospital, ed.) will do it. It will be a joint action by the Aruban animal organizations, with more emphasis on activities outside the clinic and more focus on awareness, Fostering and adoption. "New Life For Paws" refers more at United dogs Aruba, as the group is called.

    Learn

    These United dogs groups officially started in January. They have two focal points for the next five years: Operation Cunucu 2017-2022 and the campaign 'Be Part of Their Future'. United dogs Aruba wants to learn what Animal Balance has done in Aruba, but most of their ten years of expertise worldwide. They are working on the arrival of a Dutch veterinarian team in November, "all on a voluntary basis."

    Donations

    In order to continue with Operation Cunucu, money is needed. United dogs Aruba indicates that they want to create a platform and will provide structure, where all benefit. The group hopes that all NGOs join and other organized voluntary organizations. With the main objective: a better future for the animals.

    http://www.amigoe.com/aruba/228129-v...nsorganisaties

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