World Vets brings veterinary services to the “End of the World”

PG1Punta Gorda, often referred to as the “end of the world” by local inhabitants was the most recent location to benefit from World Vets assistance. As implied by its nickname, Punta Gorda, the southern most town in the country of Belize, very much feels disconnected, forgotten and lived a part from the rest of the country.

One of the major issues concerning animal welfare and health in the region relates to the inability of pet owners to pay for veterinary services. Consequently, the town has been PG34experiencing an exponential growth in the small animal population, in addition to the number of roaming and feral animals.

To help improve the lives of animals at the “end of the world”, World Vets carried out a small animal field service project in collaboration with the newly initiated local humane society.Together we provided, a very successful and first ever, large scale spay/neuter and animal health service campaign. What’s more, all services were provided at no cost to local pet owners.

We would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, all of the local support received as well as Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their continual sponsorship of our animal welfare efforts.

World Vets Wins Prestigious Honor at Largest Social Impact Awards in the Country

United Nations Foundation and Classy Awards Honor World Vets

FARGO, North Dakota, May 8, 2014 -The CLASSY Awards, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced eight Winners live on stage this past weekend at the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards Ceremony. More than 3,600 programs worldwide were evaluated during a yearlong research process. The Winners were selected by the Leadership Council, a prestigious board of 100+ leaders and experts in the social sector.

The Ceremony featured co-hosts Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation and Kenna, Founder of Summit on the Summit and Grammy-Nominated Musician, along with 12 influential speakers.

“All of the organizations participating in the CLASSY Awards are big thinkers and bold leaders,” said Elizabeth Gore, this year’s co-host of the CLASSY Awards and Entrepreneur–in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation. “The winners recognized on stage are implementing creative new solutions, taking risks and leveraging best practices to guide their strategies. The United Nations Foundation recognizes their leadership and we are proud to support their efforts in driving significant social progress moving forward.”

“We are very honored to win this prestigious award,” said Dr. Cathy King, CEO and Founder of World Vets. “Being recognized for the work that we do to help animals and improve veterinary care in resource poor areas of the world is a great validation for the nearly 4000 dedicated veterinary professionals who volunteer with our organization and for those who have believed in and supported us over the years.”

This year’s CLASSY Awards Winners:

  • Active Duty & Veterans Services: The Mission Continues
  • Animal & Wildlife Welfare: World Vets
  • Disaster Relief & Public Safety International Medical Corps
  • Educational Advancement: Project Lead the Way
  • Environmental Protection: Climate Action Reserve
  • Health Services: Jhpiego
  • Human Rights & Social Justice: Immigration Equality
  • Poverty & Hunger Relief: Action Against Hunger

Founded in 2006, World Vets has become one of the largest veterinary aid organizations in the world, providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and animal disaster relief services worldwide. World Vets has programs in 39 countries on 6 continents that provide aid for companion animals, livestock, horses and street dogs. World Vets is also the veterinary NGO that deploys with the US Military on hospital ship-based humanitarian aid missions to Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region. For more information please visit: http://www.worldvets.org

“Our global social landscape is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and bold solutions are needed to address new and existing challenges,” said Pat Walsh, Co-Founder of the CLASSY Awards. “The winners awarded with a CLASSY this year are driving significant progress in the 8 major cause sectors, and their work deserves recognition. We are honored to be able to shine a spotlight on their successes.”

Recruiting Volunteers for One Health Project

131113_0793ATTENTION prospective volunteers! We are currently recruiting veterinarians and a licensed technician on an upcoming One Health field service project in the Caribbean! Join our team to make a difference in lives of animals in San Andres Island and have free time to enjoy the island too! This project is scheduled to run July 26 – August 2, 2014. See more details here

World Vets has been working with the San Andres Island Department of Health since 2012. Together we are bringing SAI Team Beach editmuch needed veterinary services to the small animal population and in turn improving the overall public health on the island. Our large scale spay/neuter and animal health campaigns target both roaming and owned animals.

See pictures from past campaigns

World Vets is a Finalist for the Classy Awards!

classy awardsWorld Vets is honored to be a finalist for the Classy Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The awards recognize “the most significant achievements in the social sector worldwide”. Over 3600 organizations worldwide were evaluated as part of the comprehensive yearlong discovery process. World Vets was recently announced as a Top 5 Finalist!

The winner will be announced onstage May 3rd in San Diego at the Classy Awards.

Record Breaking Numbers for Caribbean Pilot Project

N37Last year World Vets received a request for assistance from an animal welfare organization operating on the small Caribbean island of Nevis; a 36 square mile island with only 10,000 local inhabitants located just south of the more famous island St. Kitts. Pet overpopulation was identified as being a major issue for the island’s communities. Given that Nevis is such a small island, World Vets felt compelled to undertake this project as the control and preservation of a healthy animal population is of great importance. For instance, not only 22does it have a huge impact on human health but the overall sustainability of island life as a whole.

To help address issues of health and population control for companion animals on Nevis, World Vets recently operated a pilot project in this location. A pilot project is a location where World Vets has not previously worked or sent a veterinary team. In short, the demand and turn out of animal patients for spay/neuter surgery was incredible. Not only did this campaign break a pilot project record for the total number of surgeries performed, it also outdid our Happyprevious record held on our longstanding small animal project in Ecuador.

We would like to thank CARE Nevis, our volunteer team as well as the local volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this campaign a success and not turn any animal away. We would also like to thank the ministry of agriculture and all of the local island support that was provided to our team and the campaign in general. See pictures

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