As part of our mission to promote the humane treatment of animals through community participation, this week JUNTOS Vieques Inc., visited the Lucila Franco Community in Vieques. Along with REDES social worker Mayra Rivera, humane educator Adora Negron, and veterinarian Andrea Kaufman, JUNTOS launched the first Preventive Pet Health Clinic, of what promises to be a six month project.
Along with a group of enthusiastic kids, the veterinarian went door to door to offer the free services of “check ups” and deworming for cats and dogs, and microchiping and tetanus shots for horses. Also, over 15 spay/neuter appointments where scheduled.
Since education is key to promote a kinder world, the clinics are accompanied by humane education activities for the children in the community. Given that the children of Lucila Franco have already been participant of the JUNTOS Humane Education Program, they were eager to help spread the word and participate. During this visit Adora Negron led the children around the community identifying and observing pets and other animals. With this activity children develop a sense of responsability for the animals they live with and motivate them to look out and care for them.
Since wild animals are also a part of our communities, the children made their own wild bird feeders.
Through this six month project we hope to spay/neuter the pet population in this community and create a healthy and humane environment for all the animals in Lucila Franco.