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Arenal Report

Locally rampant sexual reproduction faces the knife once again as G-PAW (Guanacaste Province Animal Welfare Foundation) prepares another spay and neuter clinic for Arenal dogs and cats Feb. 21 in Tilarán. G-PAW’s Judy Reisman says the venue is not yet certain, but she is planning on the salón comunal in Barrio El Carmen. Appointments can be made with the bilingual Dr. Ana Cristina Rojas at El Colono Veterinaria, a few doors west from Banco Nacional. Her phone number is 8824-7576. The cost per cat or dog, male or female, is ¢10,000 (about $18).

Judy writes that G-PAW is also looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of surgery for a number of street animals that will be brought in, as well as animals from poor families. If people would like to make this most appreciated gesture, Laura Murray at RE/MAX has agreed to collect the funds at her office at the gas station near the lake. While ¢10,000 will cover the entire cost of one animal, donations of any amount are welcome.

The same weekend, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Tilarán’s Recreational Cycling Association will be sending perhaps 4,000 humans off for the 19th annual Vuelta al Lago, a two-day tour of the whole lake.

Much information about the event may be found at The first day finds cyclists battling rough unpaved roads and fording rivers on their way to the village of El Castillo, in the shadow of the volcano at the southeastern end of the lake.

The Sunday return is smooth but intermittently risky as cyclists contend with traffic on the paved lake highway.

–Alex Murray

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