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World Vets Responds to West Coast Wildfires

The West Coast is on fire and World Vets is responding.  We have received an official request to respond to assist animals in the fires in Omak and Okanogan County Washington. There are numerous burned animals that need immediate assistance, primarily livestock, horses and wildlife. We need your help to support this effort.  Our veterinarians are providing care for injured and burned animals, providing equipment and supplies and will also be working with local authorities to make assessments for short term and long term recovery efforts.

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Washington fires. (photo Tristan Forsch/KATU-TV, AP)


How you can help:

Cash donations are most helpful so we can directly purchase supplies.  We will be putting in an order for fencing material in Omak that can be delivered right away and will also be taking a stock trailer full of supplies.  We will also be providing hay and other feed. Additionally, we will be placing an order with our veterinary distributor to purchase items like antibiotics, burn creams, vet wrap, bandage materials, pain medications, etc.  We need funds for fencing, veterinary supplies, feed, and transport costs for our vet team.

Drop Off Supplies for Donation: If you live in Western Washington and want to donate fencing materials directly (stock panels, T-posts, electric fence, insulators, etc) and can deliver them to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, please reach out to us for specifics.

Volunteer:  We have our core team of disaster responder veterinarians, however, we may have a need for additional large animal or wildlife veterinarians. If you are a large animal, mixed animal or wildlife veterinarian licensed in Washington state, have previously volunteered with World Vets and are interested in volunteering, please send us an email at info@worldvets.org.  We may call upon those additional veterinarians depending on needs.

World Vets has set up an emergency fund to respond to this horrific situation. We will provide updates as we get more reports from the field.  Click on the link below to donate specifically to our disaster response program.

Please consider making an emergency donation to support this effort.

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

Seal Pup’s Second Chance at Life

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On August 18th World Vets released a rehabilitated harbor seal pup back to his natural environment of the Puget Sound after two months of rehabilitation.  In June the seal pup was abandoned by its mother and was too young to survive on his own.  Human interaction was involved in this pup being abandoned in a busy marina.  After several days of observation in hopes of the mom returning, it was determined that the pup was on his own and was unlikely to survive without intervention.

The initial report came in to Cascadia Research Collective who monitored and then picked up the pup which was then transported to  World Vets Marine Mammal Urgent Care Center.  World Vets provided initial treatments and stabilization services before transporting the pup to a rehab center in the San Juan Islands.  After spending two months at Wolf Hollow Rehabilitation Center, the pup was heathy enough to be returned to the wild. World Vets transported the seal and it released it at seal haul out near where he had been originally picked up.

This harbor seal pup has a second chance at life thanks to our supporters who make this work possible and the collaborative efforts of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, of which World Vets is proud to be a member.  World Vets provides around the clock on-call services for the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network to respond to sick, injured and stranded marine mammals throughout the state.  Our marine mammal urgent care center has been busy throughout the season helping pups like this one.

Please remember to stay back 100 yards from marine mammals.  If you see an injured, sick or stranded marine mammal, please do not approach it.  Report strandings to the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 1-866-767-6114.

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Rescue of Harbor Seal Pup in Washington

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Seal pup season is in full swing in Washington. This past weekend World Vets cared for this harbor seal pup that was brought to us by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). This abandoned pup, too young to survive on its own, was picked up by WDFW on the Washington coast after being harassed by beachgoers. Before being picked up, it was monitored for >48 hours by WDFW volunteers and unfortunately it was determined that the mom was not returning.

World Vets provided emergency treatment and stabilization for the pup at our marine mammal urgent care clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington working under a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service. World Vets then transferred her to Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for rehab where she will remain until she is old enough to survive on her own and can be released back to her home waters. Big thanks to our supporters who help make this important work possible.

World Vets marine mammal work is authorized under a permit with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

If you see a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call and report it to the NOAA West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 1-866-767-6114.

IT’S HERE! YOUR GIFT IS MATCHED

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Today World Vets is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

As you know, World Vets provides veterinary aid around the world. TOGETHER we have provided direct veterinary care to over a half a million animals, disaster response services to major international disasters, and provided veterinary training and long-term capacity building to hundreds of communities around the world. Thank you for partnering with us to make the world better for animals!

Our programs benefit a wide variety of animals on a global scale, including companion animals, working horses, livestock, wildlife and street dogs. In the Pacific Northwest, World Vets improves the health of marine wildlife by responding to injured or stranded marine mammals, and works to advance scientific knowledge and understanding to help conserve the regions critical marine ecosystems.

We are so proud of these accomplishments, but we can’t do this without you! Now more than ever, your support is important. We depend on your support to keep these programs going.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT

World Vets is thrilled to announce that The Dr. Ann and Ed Valenti Charitable Gift Fund has pledged to match contributions made to World Vets up to $10,000 now through May 31, 2020. Ann and Ed are also dedicated volunteers at World Vets. An additional $1,200 match has been generously pledged by long time supporters Jim and Carol Parvey. This means that DONATIONS UP TO $11,200 WILL BE MATCHED!

Please donate before May 31st to take advantage of this exciting matching gift opportunity.

 

 

World Vets Donates Supplies to Local Emergency Department Amid COVID-19

This week we donated our supply of over 7000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), including N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, caps, gowns etc to our local emergency department at St Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, WA.

We are proud of our veterinary colleagues across the country who are doing the same to help those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

Double Your Impact – World Vets Responds to Bush Fires in Australia

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!  Between now and Feb 15th, Vetericyn will match all donations to World Vets up to $20,000 to help animals impacted by the Australia Bush Fires. Vetericyn has been a long time supporter of World Vets mission and we appreciate their dedication to supporting animals in need. Thank you to all who are helping Australia.  Click DONATE to qualify for the match and designate your donation to Australia.

World Vets Australia-based veterinary disaster response team  is on the ground and currently responding to assist injured wildlife, livestock and domestic animals, working in collaboration with the local veterinary community.  Our specialized team is comprised of Australian veterinarians and technicians with experience in disaster relief and mixed animal veterinary medicine including native wildlife.  We are collaborating with Sydney Animal Hospitals Northern Beaches and other veterinary clinics in New South Wales as well as other NGO’s, government agencies and rescue groups.

 

Please consider making an emergency donation to support this effort.

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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

WORLD VETS IS AN INTERNATIONAL VETERINARY AID ORGANIZATION

World Vets Responds to Bush Fires in Australia

Our Australia-based veterinary team, led by World Vets Disaster Response Veterinarian Dr Ben Brown, is on the ground and currently responding to assist injured wildlife, livestock and domestic animals, working in collaboration with the local veterinary community.  Our specialized team is comprised of Australian veterinarians and technicians with experience in disaster relief and mixed animal veterinary medicine including native wildlife.  We are collaborating with Sydney Animal Hospitals Northern Beaches and other veterinary clinics in New South Wales.

The most urgent need right now is for funds to purchase additional veterinary supplies like burn creams, fluids, pain medications, bandages and other supplies.

World Vets has set up an emergency fund to respond to this horrific situation. We will provide updates as we get more reports from the field.

Please consider making an emergency donation to support this effort.

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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

WORLD VETS IS AN INTERNATIONAL VETERINARY AID ORGANIZATION

Art for Animals II – Auction

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UPDATE: SOLD! Art for Animals was such a success that we are bringing it back! Just in time for the holidays!  This auction’s featured artist is Justin Brown. You can own this original + amazing piece while supporting animals in need.  All proceeds go to World Vets – International Aid for Animals.  Auction no longer running. Thank you for our support

DESCRIPTION OF ART PIECE AND INSPIRATION: This humpback whale fluke is hand sculpted from 2100 degree F molten hot glass. There are specific metal oxides added to the glass to make the color blue. This is combined with a sheet of pure silver foil on the surface.

FEATURED ARTIST:  Justin Brown is a talented Maui based glass artist who specializes in one-of-a-kind sculptural art glass. He was raised in a Veterinary household surrounded by animals of all types. He is co-owner of Makai Glass in Maui, Hawaii where he lives with his wife and daughter. Learn more about Justin and his work at www.makaiglass.com

“The humpback whales that migrate annually to Maui are the inspiration for this piece. I am grateful to be able spend quite a bit of time on the water with them every year while practicing my passion for free-diving.”

Auction no longer running. Item SOLD.  Thank you for participating!

Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship

The Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship was formed by family friends and co-workers at MV Transportation to commemorate the life of Allesandra (AJ) and to continue her legacy of excellence and compassion towards animals. This scholarship will recognize one outstanding individual by honoring them with a 1-week paid project fee for a 2020 World Vets project.

AJ volunteered her time & skills helping the animals of Ecuador with World Vets.  She embodied all the characteristics needed to be a global ambassador for animal health and welfare.  Her excitement to have been just admitted into veterinary technician school was palpable; vowing to take her new skills and knowledge to help the most vulnerable amongst us. She was the kind of person who left an imprint wherever she roamed.

The Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship Fund opportunity is open to enrolled veterinary technician students or pre-vet students.

Scholarship & Eligibility details can be found here: Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship Fund Details

Application instructions can be found here: Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship Fund Application

The deadline for the Allesandra Lesho Memorial Scholarship Fund Application is Tuesday December 31, 2019.  The recipient will be notified by World Vets no later than January 15th, 2020. Contact info@worldvets.org with any questions.

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