Volunteers from both Paw Prints and Alley Cats were there to do intake and discharge, paperwork, surgery prep (shaving bellies, clipping claws, cleaning ears), monitor the animals after anesthesia (pre-surgery) and post surgery monitoring. My job was intake and discharge and paperwork (health records, preparing rabies certificates for vet signature, etc.) -- that's really all I'm qualified for but I am the queen of paperwork and it was a very necessary job. I did do some post-surgery monitoring of the cats in short doses to when someone needed a break - which entails watching the cats in one of the recovery rooms very closely to monitor their respirations, check color of their gums, etc. I could have done more post-op monitoring except I'm claustrophobic and couldn't be in those rooms with the doors closed for very long.
AC&A and PPAR have worked closely together for several years and it's a partnership that will continue as we make a great team and we have already had some preliminary discussions about Spay Day 2011. This will be an annual event where we can further carry out our goal of helping stop the pet overpopulation crisis and saving lives through spay/neuter.
Below are just a few pictures, but more can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alleycatsandangels/?saved=1.
This is one of the cat rooms before surgery (there were 2 rooms for the cats). After surgery, paperwork folder gets moved to bottom of cage so the cats can be closely monitored with nothing obstructing the view.
Dog surgery - I think this was the huge dog but not sure
Surgery prep - belly shave time!
Pre-operative monitoring in the dog room
Post operative monitoring of one of the dogs that required extra TLC. This dog required fluids, etc. and so she was not moved back to the dog room to recover after her fluids, she recovered seperately and had one person sitting with her and monitoring her very closely
Dr. Farmer preparing to spay one of the younger cats
One of the cats recovering after surgery