It looks like 2015 will be a very busy year for us. We have spay & neuter campaigns being organized in 4 countries! Grand Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Brazil. If we meet our goals this could result in 1,600 - 2000 animals being sterilized in a safe and compassionate environment. We expect over 100 volunteers to collaborate in this effort.
It is of particular concern with immediate consequences in the Bahamas. The Humane Society of Grand Bahamas is in a serious financial crisis that is impacting their ability to care for the animals in the shelter. The only solution for them is to spay/neuter which will decrease the stray population. They are in danger of closing their doors.
Pets without Vets would like to contribute to their fundraising efforts of this spay/neuter clinic scheduled for the last week in April.
Please help us spread the word that any donation is welcome, needed and will go towards the purchase of medical supplies, anesthesia and pain medication.
Use our website, not this GoFundMe site, in order to make a tax deductible donation.
As I reflect on 2014 I am grateful for our accomplishments. We help the Turks & Caicos make a dent in their stray dog population and assisted in the education of hundreds of islanders about importance of the human-animal bond. We navigated the IRS and finally became a registered non-profit. We recruited 10 new medical volunteers. And we renewed one old relationship and cultivated two new ones resulting in three clinics being planned for in 2015.
Thank you all for your ongoing support and faith in our mission. Together, we have made a difference!
Wishing you all health, happiness and humanity in 2015.
I want to thank all those that have contributed to my private fund-raising page. Your generosity has made this past 12 months a success for Pets without Vets. I was able to purchase many pieces of life saving equipment for their use.
As we continue to plan for future clinics, and the scope of our reach broadens, I am pleased to announce that Pets without Vets has been granted tax exempt status! Finally! We have been waiting a very long time for this day to come.
I could not have accomplished what we have to date without your faith in me and this mission. Thank you so much!
Visit our webpage, as we start to breathe life back into it!
Happy Holidays to all of you who have given generously to support my mission. Pets without Vets had a successful campaign in November and we were excited to have all of our new equipment that you all helped purchase.
With your help, we bought:
1 Anesthesia Machine
2 Pulse Oximeters
3 Blood Pressure Monitors
4 Breathe Safe Apnea Alerts
2 Pelican Cases to transport these sensitive
1 Patient warmer
4 upgraded surgical lights
and a host of anesthesia supplies
Our next trip will be in May, and we are hoping to increase the number of surgical tables that we operate which will increase the need for additional supplies.
As we kick off our 2014 fundraising effort, I thought I would share a 20 minute documentary that was made for us by 2 volunteers from France who were vacationing in Turks & Caicos during our November Clinic. We are so appreciative to everyone who gave money, time, services and provisions. Without collaboration we could not be successful.
We are home, weary but very successful. The spay/neuter clinic had so much support from the local government, media and residents. It was a truly amazing and humbling experience.
This is a good photo depicting the surgery set up taken by one of our volunteers, Dr. Perry. All of our gadgets and machines that you all helped pay for are in place. The island was quite impressed with our technology and diligence to excellent patient care!
Here is our new Pelican case stuffed with all the goodies you helped purchase! Inside are 3 Pulse Oximeters, 3 Vet Dop 2 Blood Pressure machines, HP Printer, a surgical head lamp, an O2 manifold and Valve and 4 Breathe Safe Apnea alerts. In addition we were able to purchase clippers, new tubing and hoses for our anesthesia machine and new endotracheal tubes!
And...we are very close to purchasing an additional Anesthesia Machine
What an accomplishment. My deepest gratitude for making this all possible.
This video was made by a volunteer at Potcake Place to raise awareness of the importance of spay/neuter particularly in the Turks & Caicos. I thought it would be nice to share it with all of my supporters so you can see and feel the reality of the crisis they face down there and know that you have all helped to make it better. Its a tear-jerker.
Great news supporters! We made our first equipment purchase. Coming our way: 3 Blood Pressure machines, 2 Pulse Oximeters, 1 surgical head lamp, 4 Apnea Alerts and some anesthesia machine parts we needed to upgrade. I am so grateful for all of your support. And for our MWI reps who helped us secure great pricing!
In addition, we have placed the first order for supplies for the clinic.
We are ready to rock this thing! Excellent team work with MWI, Potcake Place and the T&C AWC.
My sincere appreciation for all of you who took a leap of faith on this project.
In 43 days, I will lead a team of 14 volunteer veterinarians and veterinary technicians to Turks & Caicos for our first spay/neuter campaign. The average plane fare ranged from $500-700 USD and these volunteers willingly donated not only their time, but their travel expense. I am so lucky to have such a solid cadre of dedicated professionals!
We have a clear objective: Spay & Neuter 350 animals in 5 days.
These animals are in very poor health. Many have heartworm, ehrlichia, babesia, intestinal parasites and are under nourished. All of these increase the risk of anesthesia and surgery.
We need this clinic to run perfectly, as it will impact how the community views us. Negative outcomes could effect our ability to return. It takes a sustained s/n program to effectively reduce the stray population and bring about positive change to the welfare of these island dogs.
I am very appreciative for all who have donated to my cause. Thanks to your generosity, I think we will be able to purchase 6 pieces of monitoring equipment if I can negotiate a good package deal. We are fortunate to have had 2 vendors loan us some equipment, but are still a bit short.
I ask only that you share this appeal and vouch for our authenticity.
We are close to 25% of goal and still growing! Thank you all for your generosity. People from all over the world have contributed to my fund. I am so very grateful.
You believe that spay/neuter is a way forward to a better life for dogs and cats. We can improve their overall health and welfare by decreasing stray populations.
Please share your passion with friends and family. Like Pets without Vets on Facebook. Tweet, Post, Pin. Together, we will make a difference.
Your assistance will help me and my dedicated team of volunteers safely anesthetize and surgically sterilize thousands of under privileged animals living in communities who need a helping hand. These animals are not healthy, therefore placing them at a higher risk for complications. Surgical monitoring equipment can be life saving for these animals.
The week of October 27th, we will be on the beautiful island of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos partnering with Potcake Place and the Animal Welfare Committee. We hope to spay/neuter over 300-400 animals in 5 days. By September 1st, my equipment order must be placed so everything is delivered on time to make it to Provo!
Wow...almost at 25% of target goal. Its amazing. Almost every day we get additional support!
Today, i went window shopping in anticipation of making a few purchases next week. I am excited!
Thank you all so much for keeping the drive alive. I am so grateful to be surrounded by people who understand the importance of spay/neuter and the ultimate impact it will have on the welfare of dogs and cats world-wide
We have surpassed the $3,000 mark! And I thought I would take this opportunity to acknowledge Potcake Place. These great people initiated the campaign in Turks & Caicos where we will be using our new equipment purchased from this fund raising effort.
Thank you PP and the AWC of T&C for the opportunity to visit and work on your beautiful island.
Here is Pigpen, the CPA, looking over our daily progress. I have reached the $2,000 mark, 8% of goal, in one week. By his "catulations" I should accomplish the objective in 11.5 weeks if I can keep this pace up. (I pray Piggy is with me then, as he is very old and frail. But he is cheering me on as enthusiastically as a 19 year old Kitty can)!
This would not be possible without your support and trust.
Thank you so much for a prosperous week.
Pets without Vets Facebook paged topped 500 fans! 25% being added in the last 7 days! Have you liked our page?
This is my cat Jilly, and her shadow! They are both purring with joy because we had a fantastic day today. It seems we still have momentum as we moved toward our goal of 10% by Friday. I cant wait to make some purchases over the weekend.
Thank you so much, each and every one of you. I cant tell you how much I appreciate your support!
A little bird told me that we have already reached our 5% goal. Setting sights on 10% by this Friday. I will be speaking at the American Veterinary Medical Association conference. Lots of equipment vendors will be there and I would like to make our first big purchase!
I have been a veterinarian for over 20 years. I also am an avid traveller. I can recall on countless occasions being in a country where the stray population was abominable and the level of health care and opportunity abysmal. I thought, "Hmmm, someone should do something about this". Then it dawned on me, that I AM someone.
I started volunteering my time for a variety of organizations over the years, personally funding my travel and bringing much needed supplies. In 10 years I have participated in 11 clinics that have spayed and neutered over 3,200 animals collectively. During this time, the concept of Pets without Vets was born. Pets without Vets is the name I have been using to solicit the other like-minded, highly skilled veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians, in donating short term services and expertise at specific locales around the world for brief but intensive spay-neutering clinics. I organize the manpower, travel and equipment and I partner with local individuals and/or small organizations to help set up the effort. I have recently focused efforts in areas of the Caribbean that are particularly overwrought with dog and cat populations in terrible need of health services, population control and future healthcare oversight.
Though these animals are residents of third world countries, I believe I am obligated to uphold the same standards of care that my patients in the USA enjoy. This means safe, balanced anesthesia and pain management and proper anesthetic monitoring equipment. I am seeking to enhance my current equipment cache, so we can employ advanced monitoring to these patients who are often in poor health and have a higher surgical risk.
The next trip will be to Grand Bahamas in April 2015. These islands are known for a huge homeless animal population which is exceeding the local community's ability to mitigate. With few veterinarians on the island it is difficult to manage the problem despite all good efforts. I will be working with local organizations, all dedicated and committed volunteers, as well as the Island Government who will be assisting us in permitting and supplies. It is encouraging to see local government recognize that it is good business to curb out-of-control animal populations which effect the tourist trade and the island economy.
I promise to use all monetary gifts to effect positive change in under-served animal communities and to enhance the quality of life of these animals by providing compassionate, humane and technically advanced medical care and surgical services, public education and community awareness.
I hope you will consider contributing to this effort. Any size contribution is enormously helpful.
Note: If you donate through this page, it is not tax deductable. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution, go to our webpage: www.petswithoutvets.org/donate
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