SPAY/NEUTER CAMPAIGN IS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN VENEZUELA
My name is Isa Villanen from Finland and I am trying to start a spay/neuter program in Caracas and Valencia, Venezuela, I have a coordinator who has lived in Venezuela and she has a good understanding of the counrty's situation today. There is already a vet willing to cooperate as soon as money starts to come in. We have spayed and neutered so far 12 animals, the money had been coming from various other sources. The Venezuelan economic situation is a disaster. It will be explained below, if you have the strength to read the lot.
is to find people, who are willing to help get this program started. There are some voluntary groups that go to South American countries to do free spay/neuter days in remote areas, but people don't even have the money to spend on a spay/neuter in cities and it only costs about $5.00 be it a cat or a dog. The aim is to start to spay the females to get them out off the breeding circle. The males will come into the picture as time goes on, because as they are neutered, there are less fights and the stray population would diminish with time to a decent level, but at this time it is an immense problem.
The need for funds is around $20,000 to cover a long term spay/neuter program, not just for now but for years to come, because there is no other solution to get the problem sorted out.
I know there are many rescues asking for donations and literally begging, but I have no options left.
An introduction to Venezuelan economics
Venezuela's cash becomes a little more worthless every day. It's a problem at the core of people's lives in Venezuela. Inflation forces them to cough up more and more bills for staples like food and medicine, which are in short supply for many, creating a humanitarian crisis. Venezuelan money is not even worth stealing!
The following information is from August 3rd: On Friday, $1 equaled 10,389 bolivars (. Earlier this week, on Monday, it was worth 8,820 bolivars. At the start of this year, $1 equaled 3,164 bolivars, according to the unofficial exchange rate calculated by dolartoday.com, which millions of Venezuelans use.
What's worse: Private banks let Venezuelans take out only 30,000 bolivars ($2.88) from an ATM at at time. Government-run banks: 10,000 bolivars (96 cents).
I could go to great lengths about the Venezuelan hyperinflation, but I think one picture is more than a thousands words in this case...
The currency's plunge over the years is jaw dropping. This picture will explain a lot...
Venezuela is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history, with an inflation rate of over 700 percent and a volatile exchange rate. Heavily in debt and with inflation soaring, its people continue to take to the streets in protest.
IMF Says Venezuela's inflation rate may rise beyond 2300% in 2018! This was reported by Patricia Laya and Catarina Saraiva October 10th this year. Next year’s price estimate is increased from a previous 2,069%
The country sits on the world's largest oil reserves, but, over the past decade, it has been the region's poorest performer in terms of growth of GDP per capita. Environmentally that is good, but financially not. Since 2014 the government has not made any economic data available making it difficult to track.
The government is also running out of cash. According to the Central Bank of Venezuela, the country has $10.4bn in foreign reserves left, and it is estimated to have a debt of $7.2bn. (bn is the currency of Venezuela in international finance)
Currency controls have limited imports, putting a strain on supply. The government controls the prices of basic goods, this has led to a black market that has a strong influence on prices too.
Shortages of food and medicines
When it became unprofitable for Venezuelan companies to continue producing their own products, the government decided to import them from abroad, using oil money.
The inability to pay for imports with bolivares (Bsf) coupled with the decline in oil revenues has led to a shortage of goods. The state has tried to ration food and set their prices, but the consequence is that products have disappeared from shops and ended up in the black market, overpriced.
As many as 85 of every 100 medicines are missing in the country. Human and veterinarian. Shortages are so extreme that patients sometimes take medicines ill-suited for their conditions, doctors warn.
Venezuela has established different exchange rate systems for its national currency, the bolivar. One rate was established for what the government determines to be "essential goods", other for "non-essential goods" and another one for people. The two primary rates overvalue the bolivar, but the black market values the bolivar at near worthless. This has generated a situation in which Venezuelans are opting for dollars instead of bolivares.