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Update: Saving Dogs in San Juan del Sur

I am happy to announce that as of today — thanks to the support of many generous donors — we have now collected just under $1400 USD in donations!

100% of funds received is being used to pay for vaccines, parasite medication and flea and tick treatments for these dogs that so desperately need it.

We now have vaccination clinics scheduled for June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11 in areas both North and South of town where our volunteer veterinarians have determined the need is greatest.

Our goal is to treat 100 dogs at each clinic.

Huge thanks to each and every one of you that has contributed to this cause and helped to improve animal welfare in San Juan del Sur!

We are stoked to be able to help so many dogs, but with additional support we can do even more.

If you haven’t already donated and wish to do so just CLICK HERE TO DONATE now!

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in any volunteer projects, so when I heard about an opportunity to join forces with some individuals who were interested in working together to improve animal welfare in our community, I was all over it.

With only two meetings under our belt our group definitely didn’t feel ready to move forward with our first project, but when we heard about a serious outbreak of canine distemper in a community just 15 minutes south of San Juan del Sur we knew we had to do something.

With the help of a couple generous donors in our community we were able to purchase enough vaccines to get the dogs of El Carizal started on the treatment course they needed to fight this potentially fatal disease.


Our local vet Faran Dometz worked with El Carizal resident Carlos to spread the word that help was coming.

On Saturday, May 23rd we set up shop on the side of the road across from the huge mango tree that marks the entrance of El Carizal. 

Our “clinic” consisted of three plastic tables and a few chairs.

Dog owners young and old lined up to register, then waited patiently for their number be called and their dogs to be seen.

Our volunteer veterinarians treated a total 52 dogs on Saturday. They administered distemper vaccines and medicine to treat parasites. They also also applied flea and tick treatment to each and every dog.

El Carizal Vaccination Clinic

– El Carizal Vaccination Clinic: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Unfortunately one vaccine is not enough to provide immunity to this disease. 

In three weeks we will head back to community of El Carizal for round two of treatment.

It is our hope that we can contain this outbreak and stop the spread of this serious disease — but we definitely can’t do it on our own.

The wholesale cost of 1 distemper vaccine is just $3 USD. 

Save a Dog in San Juan del Sur

With $156 USD we can purchase the vaccines needed for treatment on June 13th.

If you have a few dollars to spare and want to help save a dog in San Juan del Sur we’d be grateful  — for any donation — no matter how big or small. 

Just click on the image above to DONATE now!

BPP Preschool Program Wish List

This blog post was updated on December 13, 2012

It has been brought to my attention that some items on the Amazon Wish List are very costly to ship.  In order to maximize everyone’s dollars I’d like to suggest all donations moving forward are made in cash via Email Money Transfer or PayPal.  

My sister has already started purchasing some of the items on the list at Walmart and Toys R Us in Calgary. We definitely want to support the local economy, therefore items we can actually get here, will be purchased here.

We’ve received a a great response so far and look forward to even more donations coming in.  

Thank you so very much for your generosity and support and making a difference in the lives so many special children here in Nicaragua!


Most North American kids I know have more toys than they know what to do with. Things are a little different here in Nicaragua. Actually…they are a lot different.

One doll, a wooden puzzle, a couple coloring books, some broken crayons and a few books are all that sits on a small shelf at the front of the preschool classroom at Barrio Planta Project.  

BPP Preschool Kids

This isn’t a single child’s bedroom I’m talking about, it’s a classroom for fifteen to twenty children. 

I’d like to change this.

And that’s why I’m reaching out to you – family, friends and In Nica Now fans and followers – to help out this holiday season by purchasing a gift for the Barrio Planta Project Preschool Program.

Because how cool would it be for the kids to be able to sit down and play a game of Snakes & Ladders with their preschool teacher or a volunteer?

Or for a little girl to dress up in a pretty princess dress and have a tea party with her friends. 

BPP Preschool Program

I’d especially love for these kids to have their own glue sticks, scissors and paper to get creative with at Arts & Craft time.

To view our Wish List and purchase a gift click here!

Or if you’d like me to do the shopping you can donate cash via PayPal by clicking here!  (The account email address to use is

Cash donations will also be used to cover the baggage fees to get the items to Nicaragua.  

All gifts will be shipped to my sister in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She will pack everything safely into a suitcase and deliver it to me on December 26th when she arrives.  

I will stock the shelves and have everything ready for the kids when classes resume in February. I’ll also be doing a follow up post with photos and video so that you can see first hand the impact you’ve made.

Thank you so much for your support and making a difference in the life of a child in Nicaragua!

Note: With only 15 days left until Christmas it’s important that purchases are made this week. Thanks again!

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