Volunteer Training Vashon-Maury Island Residents

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Are you interested in learning more about marine mammals and how to get involved with local marine mammal stranding response? Join us for a free educational webinar and volunteer training. Open to residents of Vashon-Maury Island.

The Zoom webinar will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on October 27, 2020 and will be presented by World Vets veterinarians Dr. Stephanie Norman and Dr. Cathy King.

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Washington Wildfire Update

  • IMG_9877 3World Vets disaster response team has been working hard providing veterinary relief for animals impacted by the Cold Springs and Pearl Hill fires in the Omak, Washington area.  We currently have veterinarians providing mobile response to address the needs of primarily horses and cattle that have been impacted by the fires.  There are numerous animals with varying degrees of burns, many of which are severe.  Other animals have wounds (wire cuts etc) resulting from fleeing the fire. There have been limited small animals cases presented so far. We have set up a dedicated veterinary response hotline (509-842-3440) that is available to the local community to call in requests for assistance.  The additional current scope of our work includes :
  • -Clinical assessments and treatments of any and all animals affected by the fires;
  • -General assistance with recovery efforts (husbandry, fence building, feeding) assisting and working within the disaster response under the “Okanogan County Fairgrounds Cold Springs Fire Relief”
  • -Identifying specific supply needs and procuring resources needed to assist local animal populations for short term and long term needs (hay, feed, fencing materials, veterinary medications, etc)
  • -Providing herd health assessments and evaluations for livestock
  • -Updating disaster management officials on daily response summary and scope of work

Special thanks to the Okanogan County Fairgrounds for providing facilities for our team.

  • Below are some photos of the devastation and animals that have been impacted and are being helped.  (Warning some photos are graphic)

Click here to donate to our disaster relief drive

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We are grateful for the support of the many individual donors and supporters who help make this work possible.  We also greatly appreciate supporting contributions from a variety of companies and organizations including Lakefield Veterinary Group, Uptown Animal Hospital, AmerisourceBergen, Patterson Veterinary Supply, Zoetis and People for Animal Care and Kindness.

 

Donate to the hay/feed fund for horses and livestock impacted by fires

World Vet is responding to animals impacted by the wildfires in Okanogan County and surrounding areas in Washington that have been ravaged by wildfires. This area is home to thousands of cattle and horses, many of which are now displaced and facing serious threats of feed shortages and starvation, especially as the winter months arrive.  World Vets, working in cooperation with the Snohomish County Cattlemen’s Association, has created this fund specifically to provide hay and feed to animals impacted by the fires.

Thank you to all who have donated through World Vets specifically for hay and feed. The hay fundraiser through World Vets has now ended and we are working on coordinating deliveries.

The Snohomish County Cattlemen’s Association has set up a GoFundMe for ongoing donations directly through their organization.

 

 

World Vets is an international veterinary aid organization with headquarters based in Gig Harbor, WA. To learn more about World Vets work helping animals in Washington State and around the world, please visit our website www.worldvets.org 

 

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

Helping Animals During the Pandemic

The global pandemic has brought new challenges and obstacles to the animals and communities we help and also to the way we run our programs.  Fortunately, we are very adaptable to change and our work has continue full force in new ways.  Our volunteer veterinary teams traveling from North America are currently on hold until its safe to travel again and we are working closely with our in-country partners to carry out our programs and deliver aid that helping animals that need it most.  Social distancing, mask wearing and extra safety precautions are the new standard of care on these programs, making it possible to get help where it is needed.  Economic hardships brought upon by the pandemic make it even more important to continue our work, especially in developing regions.  These are just a few of the many animals that tare receiving care through community outreach clinics, surgery clinics and mobile field clinics that we are supporting.

 

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