Animal Health & Well-being

Since 2011, Misión Gaia has been involved in a number of projects aimed at increasing the quality of life for animals suffering on the streets. These include efforts to help reduce illness, provide low-cost sterilization clinics and educate the community about the responsible care of pets.


From September trhough November 2018, Mision Gaia organized spay & neuter clinic of cats and dogs in Taganga, improving the animal health and welfare of the local community. We are grateful for everyone’s contributions and participation!

Results from our last spay and neuter clinic:

  • 669 animals received some type of veterinary attention.
  • 190 children were educated on the topic of animal welfare.
  • By increasing the quality of life of the animals, we supported the well-being of more than 150 families, the Taganga community and the local tourism sector.
  • At least 1600 new cats and dogs births were avoided.

Educational activities in a local school in Taganga.

Between September and November 2018, we accomplished:

  • Register of animals in Taganga by sector to sterilize and treat medically abandoned animals.
  • Health Clinic held on September 28, marked with the International Day Against Rabies with participation of Regional Health Secretariat, Association of Chinchorreros of Taganga, Vice Secretary of Rural Development and DADSA.
  • Sterilization Clinic for five days and postoperative treatments for abandoned animals for seven days.
  • Promotion of adoption of animals.
  • Management of hazardous and pathological waste with a contract with Interaseo.

All this was possible thanks to:

  • 33 volunteers (local, Colombian and foreign)
  • 17 private businesses in Taganga
  • 1 private business in Santa Marta.

Participation of government institutions:

  • Vice-secretariat of Rural development;
  • Regional Health Department;
  • DADSA;
  • The two district schools of Taganga;
  • Local community organizations such as the Association of Chinchorreros;
  • Non-profit organizations such as Disconcept.


  • 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 deworming, flea and tick treatments, medical examinations, as well as pre-treatment for spay and neuter
  • The availability of clinics at a low or subsidized cost for stray animals


Help us to increase our impact for animal health and welfare

We work hard to make sterilization a possibility for all animals regardless of their situation.

Volunteer in our next Spay an Neuter clinics in February, or

Donate here


We are currently looking for a veterinarian who wants to support our team! If you have experience, are open for a unique challenge and want to help make a real impact in the lives of the local animals, please send us your resume!


We are always looking for volunteers to participate in our projects. Check out our Volunteer page and make a difference in the lives of the cats and dogs in the area of Minca. Contact us!