My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Visiting Veterinarians International, Damascus, OR, USA
Our Humane Society in Punta Gorda, Belize has been working with Dr. Betz and Visiting Veterinarians International over the last several years. Together we have organized 3 spay and neuter clinics here in the little town of Punta Gorda, Belize. Another one was planned but put on hold due to the Covid pandemic. Dr. Betz and her team, typically consists of 4 or 5 vets and about 10 vet technicians and other volunteers from the US. Quite a few of the participants have been back more than once - they are skilled, professional and compassionate people who enjoy the leadership of Dr. Betz who creates an exciting, professional and very friendly atmosphere. Both the vet team, the local volunteers and the clients appreciate their work and the experience very much. And she cooperates well with the local Belizean vet, their mutual respect for each other is obvious and Dr. Bennett clearly enjoys both the working environment and the camaraderie of working with the US team.
Punta Gorda Humane Society is located in one of the least developed areas of Belize where there is no practicing vet. The Humane Society therefore organizes monthly clinics with Dr. Bennett (who travels 250 miles by road to attend). Fundraising is difficult so we operate on a very low budget. Clinics are held in a community center and the clients have to pay for the vet's services. Being able to hold a free annual clinic has meant a lot for our community. Where, pets (including street dogs) can be spayed or neutered independent upon their owner's financial status and also the clinics have a high educational value. The rest of the year Dr. Betz is always available with advice whenever needed! For a community that is lacking in veterinary care this has tremendous value! Dr. Betz is a true pioneer she sold her vet business and is now travelling the world helping pets and people! I have nothing but admiration, gratitude and respect for this powerhouse of a woman!
Thank you very much. We truly enjoy working with each and everyone of you.