World Vets Operative, November 11, 12, 13, 2013
In November of 2013, the World Vets team joined staff and volunteers of the Asociación De Amigos Por Los Animales De Sosúa to conduct an extremely successful operative in an area known as La Cienega which has many, many pet owners who wish the best for their pets.
Thirteen members of the World Vets team lead by Dr. Joe Zulty and 20+ AAAS staff members and volunteers conducted 139 spay/neuter operations over the three-day event. As a result of their work and the publicity generated by AAAS, we also have 80 more pets lined up for services to be provided by another volunteer vet in November. The operative produced excellent results, and those results will extend well beyond the time the World Vets team was able to spend here.
In addition to spay/neuter operations, both in preparation for and during the operative, additional services were provided that will improve the quality of life in the local community for residents and their pets, including vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper and Leptosporosis. Many went home with a new leash and collar/shampoo and dog food.
AAAS: Who Are We?
AAA Sosua was established on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic in 1998. At that time, animal welfare was almost unheard of as many people here could barely support their families and free services for animals were non-existent
AAAS was started by a small group of people who believed that pet owners, if given a choice, would want to improve the condition of their pets. As they could, the founders used their own funds to pay local vets to spay/neuter some of the local dogs. Seeing a positive response, they looked for a way to be able to help more animals.
Over the years, many dedicated animal healthcare professionals donated their time as they could. Our volunteers scavenged for supplies and medicines to use for the “MASH clinics” and distributed what they could to those in need.
We decided to build a base of operations where supplies could be collected and stored, and visiting vets could work comfortably doing as many surgeries as they desired. We establish and maintain the best anesthetic protocol on the North Coast and have trained health care professionals as well as dedicated volunteers who assist in all areas. This established base only exists because people throughout the world have donated from their hearts and allowed us to continue to purchase and maintain necessary supplies and equipment to expand.
Over time we have established a trust with the Dominican people, and they seek out our services.
We also needed a way to be able to increase the number of animals we could help. Within the clinic, we can do a maximum of 20 surgeries per day.
AAAS and World Vets Partnership
The World Vets Teams that have joined us here over the past two years have been instrumental in allowing us to increase the number of animals we can help. Having multiple veterinarians and skilled technicians working in areas around the North Coast helps set up a continuing relationship that can be maintained at our clinic. When you are working in an area with thousands of dogs/cats, it is necessary to offer a high volume operative that allows people to make the choice and see the benefits of spay/neuter. This inspires others in that area to make good choices for their pets as well.
As the photographs show, pet owners who observe the professionalism of World Vets, combined with a safe, humane anesthetic protocol, go home with more than a sterilized, vaccinated pet with a new leash/collar, shampoo and some food. They have observed and felt an overwhelming concern for their pet and will take that home with them and share it with their neighbors, thus helping to advance our cause.
The World Vets partnership with AAA Sosua has truly made a difference for the many animals here on the North Coast. They have given us hope that if we continue to work together, more pet owners will have a choice and will make the choice that is in the best interests of their pets.
We sincerely thank World Vets for their help, kindness and professionalism and look forward to future visits and more outstanding results..
This was posted on behalf of a Board Member by Animal Helpr.
I have seen World Vets grow from a very small organization to the respected international NGO that it is today. The organization has always demonstrated the highest level of integrity and has accomplished an amazing amount toward the improvement of animal welfare in developing countries as well as responding to the needs of animals in disaster situations. Their Latin America Veterinary Training Center is just one of their very successful programs which is dramatically improving the level of veterinary medicine in some of the poorest countries of the world. Not only are the needs of the most vulnerable population of animals being addressed, but they are teaching the next generation of veterinarians in Central and South America to provide a very high level of compassionate care to all animals. The work they do is outstanding and as a board member I can attest to the fact that they are fiscally responsible and consistently demonstrate an intense focus on the betterment of animal welfare in areas of the world where the need is the greatest. World Vets is truly a top notch organization.