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Update: Pacific Partnership 2014

CMP-002This update is for prospective volunteers who have been inquiring about and|or interested in applying for a position on World Vets veterinary team as part of the 2014 Pacific Partnership mission.

We have recently been informed of some changes to the mission this year. These changes have ultimately impacted NGO participation. As such, World Vets will be scaling back its veterinary team size, in addition to its reach, for the 2014 mission. Consequently, we will not be soliciting applications to fill the limited CMP-004positions that may be available. We thank those who have expressed an interest and for their continual support of our efforts as part of this civil-military mission.

Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to work by, with and through host and partner nations, non-government organizations and international agencies to build partnerships and a collective ability to respond to natural disasters.

 

World Vets Impact on Pets Affected by Midwest Tornado

Earlier last month World Vets covered the story of `Maggie`, a dog that went missing and was then discovered, after a devastating tornado in the American Midwest.  Upon hearing of the disaster World Vets pledged financial support to Teegarden Veterinary Clinic who helped pets like Maggie and pets belonging to owners who were in a hardship situation because of the disaster.

We are very happy to share that our financial contribution directly impacted many pets at this clinic be treated and recover from their injuries. Aside from `Maggie`, other patients were `Dexter` and a cat named`Stewart`. `Stewart`s` family had been looking for him after the tornado destroyed their home and ten days later they called the clinic to report he had been found. He was soon brought in to receive attention.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our disaster response fund this year. As Sarah Ripper, CVT, from Teegarden Veterinary Clinic has told us, `being able to tell owners they don`t have to worry about the cost of treatment has been a real blessing for us and our owners`

 

 

 

A Brand New Beginning for “Nico”

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World Vets volunteer, Jenny Shilling, holds “Nico” during our Dominican Republic field operative

The international field service projects that World Vets operates have the potential to positively impact the lives of our volunteers and most importantly the animals they travel to treat. On our most recent field operative in the Dominican Republic, the experience of one volunteer, Jenny Shilling, demonstrates this perfectly.

Before veterinary services started, World Vets team was taken on a “community outreach” tour. This tour highlighted the communities and subsequently the animals that our local partners aid in Sosua and its surrounding areas. Upon driving through an abandoned sugar cane field, they spotted a dead-looking puppy on the side of the path. Before they knew it, the dog sprang up and started chasing down their vehicle as fast as his little puppy feet would go. They stopped and scooped him up.

He was a mess; a scrappy, flea covered, tick covered, extremely dehydrated, shaking

"Nico" gets his picture taken with Santa

“Nico” gets his picture taken with Santa

mess. He had self-inflicted bloody flea infested wounds all over his head, neck, and back as he had frantically tried to scratch the fleas off.

Without hesitating, they wrapped him in a jacket and once back at their accommodations began treating him. After a dose of capstar, two flea baths, picking ticks out of his ears for over an hour, lots of water and food he looked like a totally different dog.

Shortly thereafter, he became the team mascot; staying at team accommodations, eating breakfast with everyone and even accompanying them to the clinic every day where everyone involved loved him unconditionally.

He has since been named “Dominico” or “Nico” for short and has been relocated with Jenny in the United States.

The abandoned sugar cane field is sadly a local dumping site for unwanted puppies. With the 375 sterilizations that World Vets provided in Sosua this year, we have helped to significantly reduce the number of undesired litters in and around this community. And as Jenny states, “This made the work the team did in the Dominican Republic even more rewarding knowing that even one less puppy would be dumped due to sterilization made the entire World Vets mission even more apparent.”

We thank Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual support of our spay/neuter operatives in the Dominican Republic

 

Browse World Vets Gift Shop

Consider giving a gift that has a global impact. Why not forgo traditional gifts this season and give a symbolic one that will help animals, purchase needed veterinary supplies or sponsor the training of a Latin American veterinarian. Or if you or someone you know volunteers with World Vets, a great gift idea is World Vets logo gear for your/their next adventure. Browse World Vets Gift Shop here

All proceeds help World Vets provide aid for animals around the globe!

Three Successful Field Operatives Completed

131113_0510World Vets would like to welcome back it’s teams that recently provided field operatives in Honduras, Dominican Republic and Ecuador. With the combined efforts of our teams, we were able to positively impact and treat close to 1000 animals in just a few days time, including 575 surgical procedures. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, local partners and Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support and efforts of these field service projects.

World Vets Responding to Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines

tp1World Vets is responding to Typhoon Haiyan with veterinary supplies, financial support and on the ground teams.  Initial support has already been sent to our partners working to help animals in the destruction area and our disaster response teams are mobilizing for immediate deployment. Please donate to our disaster relief fund to help the animals of the Philippines.

 

Further updates will be made as they become available

Support World Vets while you shop online

Amazon Smile LogoWhile shopping online for your holiday gifts this season, consider taking advantage of Amazon.com’s Amazon Smile initiative to support World Vets.  All you have to do is sign into your Amazon account via this link and select World Vets as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to aid our animal welfare efforts worldwide. It’s that simple!

If you want your gifts to contribute to a greater cause, this is a perfect way to give them meaning and it won’t cost you anything!

On Standby: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

IMG_2487Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to be one on the strongest storms in world history, which will undoubtedly endanger the lives of many animals both during and after the storm. We are actively assessing the situation and our disaster teams are on standby.  We have reached out to our contacts in the area with an offer of support.   Your help is needed.  Please donate to our disaster relief fund to help the animals of the Philippines. Further updates will be made as they become available.

2013 Project Spotlight: San Andres Island

Team SAISAI Mar 42 editWith support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, World Vets sent its first team to San Andres Island in 2012 for a pilot project. Our team’s visit also made history as being the first foreign veterinary brigade to provide free veterinary services on the Island. Before our initial visit and campaign, it had only been Colombian veterinarians from the mainland that provided irregular veterinary relief.    

What prompted our visit and subsequent large scale spay/neuter and preventive health campaign was the request and an invitation from the San Andres Island Department of Health.  They had been urged into action as a result of the worsening plight of its small animal population, consisting of health issues as well as their overpopulation. Given San Andres Island is not very big, it became quite apparent that animal health is not only an animal welfare issue but a concern for public health and safety as well.

This year we scheduled two visits and subsequent veterinary campaigns to aid local efforts in controlling the island’s small animal population as well as tackling disease control and prevention.  Read about one of our success stories from this project here.

We also have an upcoming volunteer opportunity as part of our San Andres Island field service project. Read more about it here and join us in San Andres Island this December!

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