SASY helps reduce street dog population one snip at a time

DIRIOMO—I recently had the good fortune to stumble upon a SASY! spay and neuter clinic underway at Finca Genizaro, outside of Granada. I’ve had my share of cat and dog family members over the years, but never really thought about what precisely goes on behind the swinging white doors of the vet clinic.

The SASY! team was hard at work, sweating in the heat of the hot day as they monitored their animal patients before and after surgeries. There were a couple of folding tables, supplies, and cushions serving as the recovering area.

This kitty doesn’t like the way the day is starting (photo/ Louise Lakier)

Pet owners arrived by taxi clutching terrified and wailing cats, or walked over from the nearby community, led by their unsuspecting pooches tugging on their leashes.

The first surgery I witnessed was a bit nerve-wrecking, since I tend to go weak in the knees when I encounter needles or think about animals suffering. The female dog lay stretched out supine, an incision had been made in her abdomen and intestines were extracted and reinserted over and over again.

After stepping out for a bit of fresh air, I learned the dog had been brought in by a neighbor who had just recently been convinced of the importance of spaying and neutering pets. After much patience by the vet, the surgery was completed—one of 20 successful operations performed that day.

According to SASY’s website, an unsprayed female pet and her offspring have the potential to produce 17 new animals in two years, 55 in three years, and 175 over four years. In seven years, that exponential number grows to 5,000.

When the clinic wrapped up, I sought out Francesca Radics de Solomon, the cofounder of SASY! To inquire about the work her foundation is doing here. Her passion and SASY’s mission is truly a beautiful gift for these animals.

When will the next clinic be hosted in the Granada area?

SASY! Nicaragua donates funds to Casa Lupita since they cover the Granada  area. (Contact Donna Tabor We will go back to Dioromo in 30 days and then again in 60 days until we feel we got most of the animals in that town. Every clinic we do turns people into believers in the importance of spaying and neutering. SASY! was started in 2005 in Costa Rica. Our clinics attend to over 100 animals per day! Imagine!

Are you looking for a location for the next clinic? If someone has a site you can use, who should they contact?

Dogs in the recovery area (photo/ Louise Lakier)

SASY! is dedicated to diminishing overpopulation among cats and dogs, so we focus on any given area for three years to spay and neuter 70% of the population. Doing sporadic sterilization clinics does solve the problem. If there are organizers for a site, I am happy to put them on the agenda.

What should pet owners do to prepare the animals for surgery?

Bring them with an empty stomach.

How can volunteers help?

Volunteers can help by requesting gifts for a silent auction that I hope to organize in 2014. Currently, all funds are derived from the Nicaragua table I set up in Costa Rica at the Annual SASY! Event held there every November. Clinics are held in area where we have support:

We print flyers and go door to door and post them and talk to people. A few days before the clinic, we do this again. If the clinic is slow, we go door to door the day of.  Currently we do not have the support of the municipalities, partly because of time and organization.

How many animals were treated at the Diriomo clinic on April 6?

20 total: 16 female dogs, two male dogs and two cats.

Are the clinics free?

The clinic costs $10 per animal. What the poor cannot pay SASY! funds pay the difference. Volunteers can pick up a stray and pay for its surgery and then give them rest for three days before turning them back to the street, if no home can be found to adopt the animal. They live out their normal lives on the streets, but at least do not reproduce.


For more on information on SASY!, and to read up on the myths and facts about spaying and neutering animals, visit their Website:



  • Rico Suave

    Back in the day the solution for street dog over population was mass poisonings. Those poor animals would suffer horrible deaths. Thanks to SASY and other volunteer organizations that put an end to the cruelty.

  • Melanie

    Just a small but important correction. I am sure that the author meant to say that “Doing sporadic sterilization clinics does NOT solve the problem.” Keep up the good work, SASY! and Casa Lupita!

  • James

    Donna Tabor has been doing selfless service to her community in Granada for a long time.

  • Robert

    The street dog problem in Granada was getting much better for awhile but in the last year it seems to be backsliding again.
    Donna T. does a great job but I’m afraid the street dogs are winning the race.
    There are many seriously diseased and injured animals roaming the streets. This may sound cruel but the only solution to this burgeoning problem would be to round them up en masse and euthanise them.
    At that point Donna’s efforts would be more efffective in controling a problem that has gotten out of control