News from the ANIPLANT Project Havana

havana-live-AniplantHAVANA, Nov. 3th  There have been many promising changes recently with the renewed Cuba – USA relationship: from the Obama and Castro handshake at Mandela’s funeral in December 2013, to their simultaneous broadcasts in December 2014 declaring the beginning of discussions, to the re-opening of the respective embassies this summer.

A lot has changed! However, times remain tough for the animals of Cuba, and our mission remains important as Cuba lurches forward: spay/neuter as many animals as possible to keep unwanted dogs and cats off the streets and promote humane care of animals through education.

Aniplant has had a good year with more visitors to Cuba taking in much needed medical supplies. However, there have been some adverse changes in what we can ship into Cuba.
Our air shipper, Air Cuba, recently returned some medicines we sent because their license from Cuba permits their shipping only of medicines for humans, not animals.

This was a change in interpretation of the existing law; in the past we have had many shipments of veterinary medicines go through without question.
So now we are left with ordinary mail for sending veterinary supplies. Mail to Cuba is not cheap—4 pounds costs $43 in postage.

Anesthesia medicines for Aniplant’s spay-neuter clinics are also considerably more expensive. Before Ketamine was banned from entering Cuba, it cost about a dollar a dose, but after the ban Zoletil was approved as a Ketamine substitute, and it costs about 4 to 5 times as much per dose. Big price increases. Of course, rising prices are a fact of life.havana-live-Aniplant

Please consider donating to our 2015 year-end fundraiser. The Aniplant Project concentrates its support on Aniplant in Cuba, and we have no paid employees, so your entire donation goes to Aniplant in Cuba.
We make a real difference in the lives of thousands of animals in Cuba, and also in the lives of a few lucky ones adopted out by travelers to Cuba. Thank you in advance for your support of the Cuban animals!

P.S. If you plan to travel to Cuba, let us know before you go. Aniplant appreciates travelers’ donations of veterinary supplies and we keep a wish list of current needs.