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!

Helping the Midwest Tornado Victims

AFTER 30 HOURS, MAGGIE WAS FOUND IN THE RUBBLE.   IMAGE: CHARLES LEDFORD/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/WEATHER.CO

AFTER 30 HOURS, MAGGIE WAS FOUND IN THE RUBBLE.
IMAGE: CHARLES LEDFORD/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/WEATHER.CO

After the devastating storms in the Midwest, Jon Byler Dann’s dog Maggie was missing after their home was flattened by the tornado.  According to weatherchannel.com, his family survived but their beloved dog Maggie could not be found.   Nearly 30 hours later, Maggie was found buried in the rubble- alive but injured.  She is currently being treated for a dislocated hip and respiratory issues at the Teegarden Veterinary Clinic in Washington, Illinois.   World Vets spoke to the clinics’ owner Dr Michael Thomas earlier today and he indicated the Maggie is expected to recover.  They are treating several animals injured in the tornado.  Most heartbreaking is how many of their clients have pets that are still missing.  World Vets has pledged financial support to Teegarden Veterinary Clinic to help pets like Maggie and pets belonging to owners who are in a hardship situation because of the tornado.
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IMAGE: CHARLES LEDFORD/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/WEATHER.CO

IMAGE: CHARLES LEDFORD/UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/WEATHER.CO

World Vets is also responding to the Philippines typhoon where we currently have teams on the ground providing rescue and aid. When disaster happen in our country, we reach out to our network across the country and support those who are most able to provide immediate relief- the clinics and shelter already located in the area.
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