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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on several Animal
Balance campaign around the world. This group teaches the people of the islands they work on how to be good animal care givers. They have shown them how easily adoptions can be done which has already saved hundreds of lives. Would give them 10 stars if I could

3 Mercedes D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in Aruba for Animal Balance last April. A very special experience. Beside the love, patience and compassion they had for all the animals and humans, they were very well organized and professional and delivered results. Within a day the Mash clinic was set up and all teams had their tasks to fulfil. These 5 days were a life changing experience for the dogs but also for all volunteers. Very intense and rewarding.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Balance doesn't just help the animals in the communities it visits, it helps the community build up it's humane capacity. I work for a national animal welfare org and so come in contact with many animal welfare non-profits, and while all are doing incredible and difficult work, I take my hat off to Animal Balance because they surpass borders and do what seems impossible, and in a sustainable way!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal Balance is a terrific non-profit. I have been a volunteer for Animal Balance for about 9 years ranging on campaigns from the Dominican Republic to the Bahamas. I am also a professional that has been working in the non-profit sector for fifteen years. I can wholeheartedly say that AB is efficiently run for an excellent mission. Although it is relatively small it has significant impact by having a clear strategic approach and passionate leaders and volunteers.

Beyond its great work, AB has also changed my life. Through volunteering for AB you get to see the world in a whole new light. One where people come together for common cause, for something greater than themselves, to truly help those in need who cannot speak for themselves: these loving animals around the world with supportive local communities who just need a little help. There are few better ways to travel the world.

3 Kelly215

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Animal Balance for four years. I am a veterinary technician and there are a lot of emotional and physical drains in my day job. Despite the hard work, long hours, and constant heat, Animal Balance trips nourish my soul, remind me why I am a veterinary technician, and push back the compassion fatigue by leaps and bounds. Helping in underserved areas is rewarding in ways that nothing else is. Seeing the good that is done for the animals, and the people, in places with little to no recourse to help the animals otherwise is one of the best things in the world.

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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 !

1

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.