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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

 

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.

World Vets Reaches Out to Help Midwest Tornado Victims

Image courtesy of Scott Olson, NY Daily News

Image:Scott Olson, NY Daily News

Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent tornadoes that have ripped through the Midwestern United States and we are reaching out with support.  World Vets has a network of veterinarians all over United States (and the world).  When disasters strike in our own country, we reach out to those who are in the best position to help – the vets and shelters already working in the local area. Financial support and product donations will be provided to support local veterinary clinics and/or shelters helping animals in the affected areas.  Any donations we receive will go directly to support these local groups, which will be announced. Specific needs are still being assessed but we know that many lost pets have already been brought to local clinics and shelters. Many happy reunions have already taken place.

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MISSION STATEMENT: 

World Vets Mission is to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide.

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World Vets is a registered 501c(3) Non Government Organization.  All donations to World Vets are tax deductible.  Tax ID # 20-4637447

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 Responds to Disaster in the Philippines

World Vets Disaster Response team, Dr. Springer Browne and Dr. Helle Hydeskov, walk through Guiyan providing veterinary care and performing an assessment of veterinary needs.

Members of World Vets Disaster Response team, Dr. Springer Browne and Dr. Helle Hydeskov, walk through Guiuan providing veterinary care and performing an assessment of veterinary needs.

World 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 on the ground in the disaster area with much needed supplies and relief efforts.

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World Vets Annual Expenditures

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World Vets is Committed to Transparency and Excellence

 

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World Vets is a registered 501c(3) Non Government Organization.  All donations to World Vets are tax deductible.  Tax ID # 20-4637447

Thanks to the Fondation Brigitte Bardot for their support of our disaster preparedness and relief efforts.

 

MISSION STATEMENT: 

World Vets Mission is to improve the health and well being of animals by providing veterinary aid and training in developing countries and by providing disaster relief worldwide.

 

 

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!

Special Offering for LVT/RVT: Ecuador November 2013

Ecu17With support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot, PAE – Ibarra and local municipalities, World Vets has been providing regular high volume spay/neuter services in Ecuador since 2009. Spanning the last four years, World Vets has sent 10 veterinary teams (about 150 volunteers) to Ecuador which has brought veterinary care to animals that would otherwise have none.

World Vets has an upcoming volunteer opportunity for an LVT/RVT to Ecuador as Ecu26part of our long standing small animal project there. We will be sending a team to Ibarra, Ecuador in November 2013 and would like to fill the LVT/RVT position as soon as possible. If you are  an LVT/RVT and interested, please write to trips@worldvets.org to learn more about a potential special offering.

Read more about this volunteer opportunity here . See pictures of  World Vets in Ecuador 

An LVT/RVT is a licensed or registered veterinary technician. Certified veterinary technician (CVT) also applies for this position. 

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