Animal Health and Well-being

ce 2011, Misión Gaia has been involved in a number of efforts aimed at increasing the quality of life for animals suffering on our streets by reducing illness, providing low-cost sterilization clinics and educating the community about responsible care of pets.

  • According to the Health Secretary of Santa Marta, there are more than 48.000 dogs and cats in Santa Marta and the surrounding areas.
  • In just 7 years, 1 dog can have 4.372 descendants and 1 cat 420.715.
  • There is a high rate of animal abandonment and street animals suffer from poor conditions
  • While the need for services is ever increasing, there is currently no veterinary presence or public program to control or treat the animal population in neither Minca nor Taganga
  • Associated health risks to humans, including disease transmission and other problems arising from inadequate sanitation and poor living conditions.


    • Make the project financially sustainable.
    • Sterilize at least 500 animals per year.
    • Offer monthly sterilization and health clinics for abandoned animals.
    • Present permanent educational sessions about a responsible take care of domestic animals.
    • Obtain and maintain a veterinarian first aid kit to be used in the community
    • Add to our working team a permanent veterinarian to have more control over animal health
    • Increase the inhabitants life quality and promote animal well-being

  • Low-cost or free sterilizations and health clinics for dogs and cats in Minca and Taganga
  • Educational campaigns for the responsible care of domestic animals
  • Campaigns to increase the health and well-being of stray animals
  • Veterinary services including de-worming, flea and ticks treatments, medical examination as well as pre-treatment for spay and neuter clinics at low costs or subsidized for stray animals.

Since 2011, we have:
    • Organized 21 spay and neuter clinicssterilizing a total of 1,276 DOGS & CATS70% of which are abandoned.
    • Provided medical treatments to more than 980 animals
    • Organized community activities involving more than 108 local and international volunteers
    • Held an average of 4 periodic disease control campaigns each year.
    • Led 9 educational campaigns in local schools about pet welfare, responsible care and preservation of local species.
    • Printed and distributed more than 300 illustrated educational booklets for children

Health campaign for dogs and cats

We now offer a weekly health clinic for dogs and cats in the office of Mision Gaia in Minca. We provide veterinary consultations de-worming, flea and tick treatments, pre-treatment for spay and neuter clinics among other services, all at low costs or subsided for stray animals. To make an appointment please send us an email at info@misiongaia.org.

Spay and neuter clinics in Taganga & Minca

We offer spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats at low costs or subsidized. We would be glad to receive any donations sponsoring medication and surgeries for abandoned animals. 

Registrations for spay and neuter clinics are open now. You can register and make your appointment during the health clinics. Please send us an email: info@misiongaia.org. In Minca you can register at the office of Misión Gaia, diagonal from the church.

If you need any further information, please send us an email: info@misiongaia.orgThank you for your collaboration! 

Results of our 2016 Spay/Neuter & Animal Health campaign

      • From January 18 - March 17 we facilitated the sterilization of 167 total animals, 141 in Taganga and 26 in Minca of which  were dogs and  were cats. 
      • This brings the total number of animals we have sterilized since 2011 to 1,276. We work hard to make sterilization a possibility for all animals regardless of their situation. This year, 145 of the 167 animals received fully or partially subsidized surgeries. In just one year of administering sterilizations in Minca and the surrounding areas, we can prevent a minimum of 1060 new births.
      • During the clinic, in addition to the sterilizations, we also administered pre-sterilization consultations, vaccinations, attended veterinary emergencies, 6 adoptions and 4 humanely administered euthanasias.
      • Alongside the clinic, we also developed workshops as a preventative measure at the school in Taganga for a total of 46 students, teaching them about the issues and strategies to reduce them.
        • The workshops were for two groups of 9th graders in which we gave presentations on the abandoned animal problem, including information on dietary needs and habits of the animals and general animal health and wellbeing.