All posts tagged: animal shelter

A video introduction to SI MA BO

As some of you may have read before, I have been spending much of my spare time here in Mindelo helping out at the local and only animal shelter on Sao Vicente, and possibly in the whole of Cape Verde. They have been doing amazing work here helping give affordable vet treatment for locals, taking in and treating the stray animal population, rehoming as many as possible (with Silvia, the founder, giving very strict guildlines for the new guardians). They also run a successful spay and neuter clinic, picking up as many animals as possible off the streets to fix, as well as offering and encouraging local people to come and bring their animals in to be spayed or neutered for free. As with everything in this world, this costs money. I put together this video of clips I collected while volunteering at Si Ma Bo to try and reach more people and introduce them to the work being done here. There are amazing projects like this all around the world, all in need of …

Si Ma Bo vegan awareness day in Mindelo, Cape Verde

I have just got back to the ship, exhausted and absolutely covered in dog hair (and also a little dog urine) after a day spent helping out at Si Ma Bo in Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde. The day started with me and Jeannie, my sous chef for the day, making 25 Mini Pizzas, a Carrot Cake, a Peanut Butter Brownie Pie and Black Bean Salsa to take for a vegan awareness lunch organised by the amazing Silvia Punzo who founded Si Ma Bo (which means ‘like you’ in creole) in 2008. Over the last 3-4 years, which the very few resources they have they have managed to spay and neuter over 7000 dogs and cat. The animals picked up are given any medical treatment required, given the time and space to recover from surgerys before either attempting to re-home them with loving families, giving them a home at the shelter, or returning them to their homes on the streets. The day was such a success and we got to meet many people involved with Si …