Gig Harbor

Wish Granted for Gray!

Recently World Vets had the opportunity to bring seal enthusiast Grayson “Gray” and his family on a South Sound marine naturalist expedition! Gray is an amazing and wonderful kid who is bravely battling brain cancer.  He loves seals more than anything and he and his family recently visited Gig Harbor to spend quality time together with hopes of seeing some seals. Since we are regularly out helping seals (and lots of other marine mammals!) around the Salish Sea, the community reached out to us and got us connected to see if we could help grant a wish.

Two days later the weather was perfect and our CEO Dr Cathy King set out with Gray and his family on an adventure to see and learn about seals in the wild. Together we were able to view hundreds of harbor seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. Gray even spotted a white harbor seal that matched his eye patch, which he named Snowy (pictured below). Gray said it was the best day ever and gave it an 11 out of 10.  It was an 11 out of 10 for us too.

Gray’s interest and compassion towards marine mammals was truly an inspiration to the World Vets team. We’re all pulling for you Gray!  Best kid ever.

World Vets is an international veterinary aid organization based in Gig Harbor, Washington.  With programs in over 45 countries on six continents, World Vets works to bring veterinary services to underserved areas if the world by providing direct veterinary care to animals, disaster response services for major international disasters, veterinary training and education programs and long-term capacity building that improves the lives of animals, people and the communities in which they live.  Our programs benefit a wide variety of animals in a global scale including companion animals, working horses, livestock, wildlife and street dogs.

In the Pacific Northwest, World Vets work focuses on improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife by responding to injured or stranded marine mammals, and working to advance scientific knowledge an understanding to help protect and conserve the region’s critical marine ecosystem.  Learn more HERE.

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.

Marine Mammal Volunteer Training WA

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.

Matching Donation Challenge & #GivingTuesday

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  On Nov 28th World Vets will once again be participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement to encourage spending with a purpose.  Not only that, but we are thrilled to announce that the Maria Norbury Foundation has graciously offered a $15,000 end of year matching donation challenge starting Giving Tuesday. This means that EVERY dollar you donate up to $15,000 starting this #GivingTuesday will be matched!

Save the date to support World Vets and your support can go twice as far. With your help, we can raise a tremendous amount of financial support to benefit our mission to help animals around the globe.

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