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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Animal
Balance in Aruba earlier this year and knew from the minute I met the team that this would be an ongoing relationship! I signed up to volunteer on their upcoming trip to American Samoa and am so excited! I've already recruited two amazing friends who were also looking for an exceptional cause. They are professional, organized, efficient, and welcomed with open arms by the communities they serve and educate. I am so proud to be a member of this team!

1 Elsa A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with AB on 4 campaigns and the experiences have been life changing. This is an organization that is focused on creating positive change and recognizing the role that all animals play in our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to be part of two Animal Balance campaigns and I can't wait to do more. AB not only provides greatly needed animal welfare services to regions in need, but goes to great lengths to educate and create lasting change in the communities that they touch. Whether it's by recruiting local vets to join the team, encouraging interested residents to participate as volunteers, or inspiring local youth who come by to watch, learn and help out, AB is changing the lives of people as well as their pets. Participating in AB spay/neuter campaigns has taught me a lot about myself as well, and what I am capable of. Setting up MASH campaigns in areas with limited resources will teach you how to think on your feet and realize the great things that you can accomplish when a group of like-minded people are determined to get the job done and help animals and people in need. In short, I love Animal Balance !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived in American Samoa for 4 years and volunteered with Animal Balance when they came to conduct a spay and neuter clinic. As AS had no vet on the island, Animal Balance was a godsend. They worked tirelessly every single day working with limited island resources and spayed or neutered over 300 animals.

1 Becky109

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very lucky to join this amazing group of people on numerous campaigns this year. The love and compassion they show not only to animals in need but also the community is inspiring. Life changing work and true advocates for evolution through compassion.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Animal Balance since 2010. They are an incredible organization that improves the health and welfare of companion animals in island nations. Not only do they help the local population with dog and cat sterilization/vaccination clinics, but they also teach their skills to local veterinarians and animal care givers so that animal welfare becomes a year round priority!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Animal Balance since their first campaign in the Galapagos in 2004. This is an amazing group of hard working, passionate people that work diligently with the local communities to not only sterilize animals but to teach compassionate care. The impact that is made and the education that is done allows the local communities to continue the programs on their own to make lasting changes. From a personal view, I started working with Animal Balance prior to vet school, during vet school and now as a veterinarian. I learned so much from my work with this group that I could never have learned in the classroom or clinic - compassionate care and community work. It has helped shaped me as a person and as a veterinarian.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Animal Balance in the Galapagos a few years back. It was a wonderful experience! Volunteers paid their way to the islands and donated in their time and in goods to help spay and neuter. Every moment was used to the fullest to spay and neuter cats and dogs with kindness and care. I was thrilled with the number of animals we could safely spay and neuter in a day. It is clear to me that dollars donated to this organization go directly to the cause. Importantly, Animal Balance works to cultivate long term change through established relationships within these communities and education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer, and client served! Animal Balance came to the Bahamas to help us plan and organize a very successful Operation Potcake 2013 (2315 dogs sterilized), giving us the tools to go on to hold an equally successful Operation Potcake 2014 (1184 dogs and cats). AB volunteers are amazing people to work with, always upbeat, knowledgeable, and on-the-ball. I was also extremely fortunate to be able to volunteer with them in the Dominican Republic last year and would happily do so again!

Diana70

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Balance has been a great place for me to use my veterinary skills in fun and exciting places. My girls I work and I with have been to American Samoa, the Galapagos Islands, Dominican Republic (3x) , and Operation Potcake in the Bahamas (2x) with Animal Balance. Besides having a great feeling about helping people and animals who really need our services I have learned a wealth of information on different practice methods form other veterinarians form across the world. Thanks Emma and Byron for al you do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Balance is an organization filled to the brim with persons willing to use their skills and talents to help animals all over the globe. Apart from providing amazing medical attention to animals in need, Animal Balance engages the community in their campaigns, and that is what has a lasting effect on animal welfare long after the campaigns are done. There is nothing more rewarding to see animals attended to on a previous campaign, years later, looking happier and healthier than before. Animal Balance makes a difference, and anyone willing to be part of that will never have any regrets. The experiences I have had with Animal Balance have changed me forever and I am ever so grateful. You get to interact with amazing people, see a beautiful location, learn a few things, all while helping animals and the community they belong to. It truly doesn't get better than this.

Rick45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Introduced to "Animal Balance" as a volunteer for "Operation Potcake" in the Bahamas. I learned that Emma had agreed to spearhead "Operation Potcake" by assisting in organizing and directing multiple mash Clinics in New Providence which was to be a Five Year initiative to reduce the overpopulation of stray, uncared for and unwanted street dogs (Potcakes) in New Providence. Gladly accepted the begged for invite to participate in the "Animal Balance" campaign in Cabrera, Dominican Republic last year which was a most inspiring, illuminating and successful Campaign. Please Fund and Re-Fund "Animal Balance" Campaigns.....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered twice with Animal Balance. They have made a difference in so many lives. Not just the animals, but also the humans that interact with the animals. They have given them the knowledge to help the animals, and that will help the animals long after AB has left. It is hard work, long days in the heat, but worth every minute. I am planning to go back on another campaign this year. The volunteers and staff are an amazing group of people, dedicated to making life better for the animals by spaying and neutering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What makes AB unique is the mission, the people and the compassion. I have volunteered with AB for 10 years . Each time we complete a campaign it is evident to both volunteers and the locals (people and animals) that this group is exceptional. The big picture goal is care for the animals and sterilization. What you don’t realize is that AB changes attitudes, perceptions and the volunteers, down to the very core. Sure, we can sterilize 60 animals in a day but it’s so much more than that. It’s seeing someone now reach out with kindness to street dog, not kicking them to go away. It watching a young man take pride in walking their newly neutered dog on a brand new leash through the town square. It’s seeing the local people wave and say thank you as you walk home after a long day in the clinic. Animal balance is change. Change in how you see the world and how you can help others make it better. Volunteering with AB will change you in ways you can’t image. Join us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with the AB organization on 3 campaigns, number 4 coming up in a few weeks. This group works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals and people alike on many islands. I have learned so much working with this group and feel blessed to have made life long friends while working on these campaigns. It is one of the most rewarding things I have eve done in my life and I hope to be lucky enough to be able to assist on many more campaigns!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AB is a wonderful group of people. I have volunteered with them a couple of times and am amazed at what they accomplish with each campaign.

SteveDovey

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal Balance came to Nassau in The Bahamas in 2012 to help us with our stray animal program. They provided us with funding, support, training and volunteers. Over a 10 day period in 2013 they helped us to spay and neuter 2315 animals which made a huge dent in our stray population.

In 2014, with the knowledge that we had gained, we ran the program again. This time Animal Balance played more of a supporting role and we organised much of the program ourselves. Over a 5 day period we spayed over 1200 dogs and cats, proving that the methods we had been taught were sound and could be replicated. In addition to this we are using the technique to run monthly programs on many of the islands. Animal Balance can now focus their efforts on helping other nations, while keeping us up to date with any developments in the field so that we can continue to improve.

Without Animal Balance we would not have been able to scale up our spay and neuter program to the level that we have. We are deeply thankful to them for sharing their knowledge and methods.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Balance is a hands-on nonprofit that is helping animals all around the world with mass-volume sterilization and vaccination clinics, mostly on island nations. Not only do the clinics benefit the animals, they are also life-changing for the people in these remote communities as well as the volunteers like myself. I had the pleasure of volunteering with AB on two separate trips in American Samoa and The Bahamas. The number of animals we cared for that would otherwise not receive any veterinary care is so rewarding. After some client education, the people who once saw these dogs and cats as pests now welcome them into their homes after Animal Balance came to their communities. As a veterinary student I look forward to working with Animal Balance for many years to come, and can't wait to take my next adventure with the most compassionate, energetic and inspiring people I've ever known. I Love AB!

Janelle K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Balance - saving the world one street dog at a time! Animal Balance is saving the animals and creating a change in the way people treat and think about street animals. Not everyone starts with the knowledge that animals should be a loved and cared for members of the community; they are often considered dirty pests! Because of Animal Balance I have seen up close the kind of change of attitude that can happen when people are shown how amazing, loving, smart, and hard working a pet can be. Which carries over to how they compassionately care for each other and in their awareness of the world around them. GO AB!