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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Animal Balance is a US registered non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce and develop humane street animal population programs in island-nation communities where no effective management strategy exists. Such programs benefit human communities, street animals, and wildlife populations by providing substantial improvements in animal health, reducing overall populations of street animals, and by mitigating negative interactions between species. Animal Balance is particularly skilled at engaging governments, other NGOs, community members, and other stake-holders while encouraging them to join forces to institute effective animal management programs. Furthermore, Animal Balance has developed an un-matched expertise in overseeing and operating every aspect of high-volume, high standard, Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospitals (MASH).

Results: Animal Balance has sterilized more than 15,000 animals in 10 countries, trained hundreds of volunteers and veterinary professionals, and planted the seeds of compassion in the minds of thousands of people in the communities where we work.

Target demographics: street animals and the communities they live in.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,000 dogs and cats

Geographic areas served: Dominican Republic, Galapagos, Cabo Verde, Bahamas, Samoa, Independent Samoa

Programs: high-volume sterilisation clinics, education, and training.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Having worked with a number of folks who also work with Animal Balance, I am confident that the animals they care for are receiving top-notch medical care provided by compassionate humans who truly care for all animals and the communities that they live in.

Yessy Aruba

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have to start by highly recommending Animal Balance to anyone who is concerned with an overpopulation of strays, anywhere. I have been in touch with this organization since 2014 sharing my concerns and plans and it wasn't until 2015 that one particular foundation finally decided to accept their invitation to participate in Aruba. They held a MASH in April of 2016 since 2015 was almost fully booked by the time we reacted and I have to say, I was thrilled when I volunteered that week! This is a fantastic organization that goes above and beyond to help and not only momentarily but also to suggest how to tackle the future! Two thumbs up for AB! With top organizational skills...I only wish they could visit every year just so we can enjoy the great teamwork and outstanding things they do for strays! The picture that I'll attach represents a moment where all was being set up, followed by a successful event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been on two Animal Balance campaigns, one in Dominican Republic and one in the Galapagos. The benefits to the animals and the human community are amazing. They provide life-saving medical care and surgery in rough conditions and improvise when necessary in order to accomplish their mission of helping the animals. It is a fantastic organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have joined Animal Balance on three campaigns held in underserved nations, and I continue to be impressed by the quality of care that is provided to both the citizens and their beloved pets. Animal Balance is making a huge contribution to improve animal welfare worldwide, not only by educating on the importance of spay/neuter as a humane means to population control, but also providing life-saving vaccinations to areas hit hard by deadly animal diseases!

This is a worthy cause. Donated funds will go directly to animal care and saving lives!

Mary Manspeaker, DVM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the chance to help out at one of their Kaua’i visits. Animal Balance is amazing in how they manage to do what they do. They come on their own dime and time to put in some long hours. They are very organized and have their procedures down pat. It was remarkable to see how adaptable they were in efficiently utilizing the space they were given to set up their clinic. In essence, they make it work. They held a volunteer orientation before the clinic so that we could help them hit the ground running. They made it a point to help us help them. It was a rewarding experience to work with a group that operates at that level.

1 Vivian T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha, Animal Balance has come to our community twice. In 2016 I volunteered with them at the Keaau HIHS and was amazed. Their team from all over the world, pays way own way to come and help relieve the animal overpopulation humanely ! We were able to have them return in July 2017. 683 cats were fixed ! The team of 20, veterinarians, vet techs & trappers, helped our community tremendously. We need and want them to return several more times ! It is amazing to see such giving of self. The conditions they work under are not the most comfortable, but do you hear a complaint....NO ! Mahalo to all involved, your giving is beyond words ! Hui Pono Holoholona

1 Sandy B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Balance is an organization that is making a HUGE difference. I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Animal Balance on four campaigns. Four campaigns equaled to fixing approximately 1,670 cats (and several dogs). So many wonderful, hardworking, compassionate and dedicated volunteers (now friends) working together to make this all happen. Most rewarding experiences of my life. Animal Balance has allowed me to meet my retirement dream, helping animals and making a difference.
Sandy

1 Julie G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with AB in 2009, it has changed my life, love this organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about this organization. The work they do is superb. Their mission is so simple yet so needed in many parts of the world. I have been on 2 campaigns and have never been soo amazed by how much impact a dozen or so individuals can do. The lives of many islanders and their furry friends are forever changed for the better - with each campaign the AB family grows and the passion for providing access to better veterinary care to those in need spreads. I highly recommend getting involved in this organization any way you can!! You will not regret it!

1 Cynthia M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Animal Balance in 2004. Since it's inception this has been an amazing organization. It is well run by fabulous people who are caring and super organized. The resources put into protecting these vulnerable animals is above an beyond. I make an annual donation of money and supplies because the work they do is vital to helping the animals and protecting public health. Keep up the amazing work Animal Balance!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Balance is doing incredible work to help save all species. Through spay / neuter M.A.S.H. campaigns they're helping to reduce the population of houseless cats and dogs and also teaching local communities how to conduct their own campaigns. As a volunteer, I found the campaign to be extremely organized and efficient. It's very rewarding work and the best people travel from across the globe to get it done. One of the best experiences of my life. I can't wait to volunteer again!

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Hi Sierra! We can't wait to have you on campaign again! Your commitment to the animals is inspiring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about AB as a fluke. A friend asked if I was goingto HI for a MASH.... I've been on several campaigns and can not express enough the genuine love and compassion that the volunteers share. We are likeminded and put our best efforts toward the mission of saving lives and preserving health through compassion.

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you Terasa!! We love having you on campaign!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Balance and everyone involved is just amazing. The dedication to help stray dogs and cats goes above and beyond and I'm honored to be part of it. I can't wait for my third trip this year to help animals and to meet more amazing people that just want to help. Thank you Animal Balance for everything you do

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you! See you soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to volunteer with Animal Balance on two campaigns, Molokai Oct. 2015 and Big Island July 2017. They are a well run, cost conscious, non-profit who do the best for the cats and dogs they care for!! I highly recommend this group for many donation dollars.

Sarah

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you Sarah! We love having you on campaign!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have to start by highly recommending AB to anyone who is concerned with an overpopulation of strays, anywhere. I have been in touch with this organization since 2014 sharing my concerns and plans and it wasn't until 2015 that one particular foundation finally decided to accept their invitation to participate in Aruba. They held a MASH in April of 2016 since 2015 was almost fully booked by the time we reacted and I have to say, I was thrilled when I volunteered that week! This is a fantastic organization that goes above and beyond to help and not only momentarily but also to suggest how to tackle the future! Two thumbs up for you AB! With top organizational skills...I only wish you could visit every year just so we can enjoy the great teamwork and outstanding job you do for strays! The picture that I'll attach is a moment that brought tears to my eyes!

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you for all you continue to do to help the dogs in Aruba Yesenia!

1 egenasci

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved animal rescue and spay/neuter education for about 25 years now, so when my husband and I traveled to Cuba this last December and noticed all of the street cats and dogs, I immediately wanted to know if there was a spay/neuter campaign going on. I asked our AirBnB hosts and they said a humane group came to the island and held a clinic, so when I got back home I searched the internet to find this group.
I learned that two international humane organizations where working with the Cuban government to create a 5 year spay/neuter program. The Spanky Project, a group from Canada and the Animal Balance Program, a group from the United States, are working together to train the Cuban veterinarians and vet techs how to perform high volume spay/neuter.
Animal Balance was founded in 2004 and since has been serving communities in 10 island countries. Currently they are focusing on the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, the American Samoa and Saipan.
This concept really interested me, so I filled out an application with Animal Balance and was accepted to join in on their week long MASH units on the Big Island of Hawaii in Hilo. I paid for my travel and arrived in Hilo along with a long list of supplies and the willingness to work 12 hour days.
Allie Cats Allies supplied all of the medications for the MASH units, Animal Balance shipped in 50 traps and 50 transfer cages and the local humane organizations came together and put up fliers, trained trappers and they even asked the Mayor to donate the hotel accommodations for our 10 day stay!
We set up this MASH unit in an old ice cream storage building, it was an amazing process to help it all come together. Our days began at 7am and ended at 7pm, including just enough break time each day to inhale a sandwich and run to the bathroom. Within 5 days we had spayed/neutered 683 cats and had to stop because we were running out of medical supplies. I have never worked so hard in my life, at the end of each day I went back to the hotel, showered off the sweat and cat hair, ate some dinner and fell into bed. My job was with the recover team, which included giving each cat a wormer injection, flea medication, under the skin fluids and then place them back into the carrier they arrived in. This was a complicated process that included a numbering system with a number stuck to the cat’s head that matched the carrier and paperwork with each cat.
The entire team was fantastic! Meredith, from Animal Balance, stated that we worked like “a well-oiled machine” and that this was the largest amount of surgeries the group had performed in 5 days’ time. We could not have done this without all of the individuals and groups that came together to make this happen. And because of the Hilo community response, Animal Balance is in the process of planning another MASH unit for Hilo in the near future.
I am humbled by the dedication of everyone involved, as well as the warm welcome we received here in Hilo and I plan on joining another MASH campaign in the near future.

Elaine Genasci
Feline Network Co-Founder

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you Elaine! We love having you on campaign!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this amazing group in Pago Pago and saw firsthand the difference made in the lives of the residents of the island as well as the animals. I am thrilled to continue to volunteer for and contribute to the life-changing work they do!

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

Thank you for helping us bring assistance to American Samoa!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Veterinary Technician and I'm lucky to be able to volunteer with this amazing group! Emma Clifford, the founder has an uncanny way of recruiting people from all walks of life for campaigns around the world. Animals are what brings such compassionate people together, but the people are what makes it all work. What is truly remarkable is the way we are able to communicate on islands where we don't speak the language. Everyone speaks animal and this is how we can connect with each other. Animal Balance gets everyone involved, local veterinarians, pet owners, children and involves them and empowers them to make the program sustainable for the future, long after we leave! The impact is measurable and you can help! Donate your time, money or both:)

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animalbalance 08/30/2017

We love you Pam!!

1 Dawn151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with Animal Balance in April 2016 for Operation Cunucu in Aruba. For the past couple years I have watched the stray dogs multiply around my time share and the island. Last year I started to investigate was being done about the obvious stray animal problem the island has. I ended up adopting two puppies who's mother was caught and taken to the kill shelter. I learned then about Animal Balance and how they were going to being going to Aruba in April. I immedietly started making plans to get myself back to Aruba for this campaign.
We were able to spay/neuter 337 dogs in 5 days. The directors Emma and Meredith are absolutely amazing women. As hectic as those 5 days were they were never too busy to stop and explain something to someone. Especially kids, I watched them numerous times stop and explain why it is so important to spay and neuter to the younger generation.
We were able to humanely catch 4 out of the 5 dogs at my time share. They were then spayed/neutered, vaccinated, dewormed, tattooed and released. I got word that the 5th dog was caught and spayed the following week at the local vet and then released.
I truly hope I will get the opportunity to volunteer with these dedicated animal activists again in the future. Animal Balance is remarkable and is changing the animal world for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I signed up to volunteer with Animal Balance early this year, I had no idea the impact it would have in/on my life. We were all, mostly, strangers when we began.. and at the end of 5 days (and nearly 500 animals later), we were bonded by our experience. The quiet, gentle/positive guidance of Emma and Meredith incorporated our strengths into an efficient and loving team. I don't remember ever working so hard in the company of such loving (and skilled) people and enjoying more...EVER. Looking forward to more campaigns with Animal Balance and their incredible volunteers. Rock on!