Juntos in collaboration with Humane Society International and
The Humane Society of the United States
I doubt there is an animal welfare organization in the world that would not agree that education is key when it comes to creating sustainable progress and that it is the children who are the game changers. Juntos is so proud of our continued humane education program!
Right now we would very much like to thank Humane Society International (HSI) for helping us complete our circle of care!
For the past six months, Juntos, in partnership with Redes (family services) has been providing monthly animal wellness clinics in the Barrio Lucila Franco. INCA (Isla Nena Clinica de Animales) with Dra. Andrea Kaufman offered free services, medicines and vaccines. Juntos set up an information table with fun humane education lessons for the children at these clinics. It has become so clear to us that the communities we have visited love their animals and want to do right by them. They know that spay and neuter is an important step, but the means just isn’t there.
Now with the financial help from HSI, we will be able to provide a low cost spay/neuter program. This past weekend with the diligent help from HSI’s professional team and Juntos volunteers, INCA sterilized 60 dogs. And most importantly we have put into place a permanent, sustainable voucher system to continue providing this most valuable help to the communities and the animals.
Juntos also participated this past weekend in the Equestrian fair sponsored by HSUS. We set up a booth with “give aways”, and information on animal wellness. We signed up horse owners for our continuing free micro chip and tetanus shot program. Thank you Margo (and your steel drums), Elizabeth, Nicole and Nancy for your help at this fair!
Kudos go to :
Alexandra Rothlisberger, Michelle Citron, Geesa Marzan and Angie Danino : the amazing, professional, no nonsense, non stop team from HSI !
Dra. Andrea Kaufman, Dr John Kelly (who made a special trip from the States to help with this weekend), Dr. Nelson Rivera and vet tech Julio Garcia who both braved the high seas to join us from the main island.
Cris Velazquez, INCA’s vet tech and chief of operations
Diane Elliott, INCA’s secretary who canvased the barrios to sign dogs up for sterilization and is always ready and willing to volunteer when needed.
Dr Umpiere another gracious soul who came from the main island to set up and offer veterinarian services to Lucila Franco and Villa Hugo. These clinics included rabies vaccines and flea and tick prevention both of which Juntos was not able to provide at our barrio clinics.
Nicole Olivetti for providing the awesome gourmet vegan lunches to the staff of volunteers.
finally Juntos would like to thank the Viequense community for caring so deeply for their animals. Their gratitude and participation is part of what keeps us going!