Frequently Asked Questions
A general rule of thumb is that we contribute about $20USD for each spay and neuter procedure. With that said, every campaign is slightly different, so the exact cost for a given procedure may vary. In some situations, the cost is lower because we are providing a subsidy for the procedure where the animal has an owner but they can only pay a portion of the cost. In other cases, such as for stray or animals in shelters, we cover the entire cost. We’re able to partner with veterinarians who are willing to offer their services at reduced cost, which makes procedures more accessible to the community and enables our contribution to have a greater impact,
The vast majority of our donations goes directly towards running our spay and neuter campaigns. A small amount of funding — approximately 5% — is required for administration fees (i.e. international wire fees) and to help maintain our digital services, including this website and advertising to help spread the word about our cause. The Stray Animal Project team is 100% composed of unpaid volunteers.
As of January 2021, we are proud to have spayed and neutered over 1600 animals.
We love all animals and are focusing on spay and neuter efforts for cats and dogs. In fact, dogs can have up to three litters per year, while cats can have up to five, so we’re able to save even more lives by including cats in our spay and neuter campaigns.
Our first step is to work with an “executor,” or someone in Peru who can organize and manage the ground operations for a campaign. The executor first helps us determine a location and the type of campaign that is best for that particular area. Next, the executor recruits veterinarians who are willing to perform low-cost procedures.
A common type of campaign is a community spay/neuter effort. The executor will advertise to the community that the campaign is happening and instruct people to sign up ahead of time or if walk-in appointments are available. In this case, our organization will provide a subsidy off of the procedure so it is accessible for low-income community members. If the executor and veterinarian team are able to coordinate with a shelter, they’ll also spay animals from shelters (shelters in Peru all independent and funded by members of the community, rather than the government). In some campaigns, rescuers will instead target stray dogs and cats living on the street. In that case, we will often pay for the entire procedure on top of the discounted rate. A limiting factor for conducting procedures on strays is that it’s often a requirement that animals recover in foster homes, which can take up to one week. As a result, if there are no fosters, rescuers can’t take in strays.
A separate type of campaign is a “case” campaign, which is an uninhabited area where there might be a specific stray problem, such as an abandoned house with dozens of reproducing cats. Because the need is localized, these efforts can often have less of a need for foster recovery homes, and they can occur separately from a larger community-based campaign.
Regardless of the type of campaign, we receive a list of the animals who underwent a procedure and the category that applies to that animal (low-income, stray, shelter animal). This helps us verify and analyze our campaign efficacy. Based on the campaign type, an individual campaign might impact anywhere from a dozen to more than a hundred animals per campaign. For reference, our campaign on October 11, 2020 reached 119 animals.
While we wholeheartedly support adoption as a humane alternative to breeding, our efforts are currently focused on improving animal welfare via spay and neuter efforts. We encourage you to adopt instead from a local rescue, humane society, or shelter.
Our goal is to expand efforts across Latin America, but for the near term, we hope to grow our impact within Peru, where the density of stray animals per capita has grown uncontrollably and is one of the highest in all Latin America.