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Animal Wellness Clinic

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Raised by 78 people in 6 months
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    After several years of frequenting the area of San Diego, Nicaragua and watching countless dogs and cats struggling meet their basic needs for food, shelter, medical attention or much deserved love, we felt we had to get involved.  What we found is that there was no access to local veterinary care within our community, unless you have a car to drive 20+ minutes to the nearest Vet.  Impossible for the large majority of folks here (making 5-10$ a day per household).  We thought about how we could give these animals much needed access to sterilization and basic animal care.  This was something our family could do to help make lasting change, within the community we have grown to love.  

    On November 25th, we completed our 2nd sterilization clinic and it exceeded our expectations.  We sterilized 54 animals, more than doubled our previous clinic. We are in the beginning stages of planning a February clinic, and with your support we can continue to make a positive change for the voiceless animals in Nicaragua.  Helping these animals doesn't feel like an option. Our dream would be to offer regular spay/neuter and wellness clinics to help the animals within our local communities.

    In late 2017,  we met Elisa who founded a well established Nicaraguan animal rescue organization called Fundacian ADAN.   They are a rescue organization with 11 foster homes for cats and dogs, all over Nicaragua. They care for approximately 200 animals daily. They are passionate about rescuing and providing foster or forever homes for animals in need. The founders, Elisa and her mother, work tirelessly to help animals in need, without pay. Elisa has assisted in both of our clinics to date and we have supported her in some of her projects as well. She is a fierce advocate for the voiceless animals of Nicaragua.  
 
    With our clinics, any community member that is interested  is welcome to attend, free of charge.  In addition to spaying and neutering, we are seeing a huge need for worming, flea and tick treatment, vaccinations, skin issues, wound care and minor surgeries. Our hope is to be able to offer these options for our next clinic. The estimated future cost for treating one animal is approximately $20 USD.  Our original goal was to reach 200 animals. We have successfully sterilized 75 animals to date. With the need growing daily .. we have increased our goal to 20000000(all of them)!! We don't want to give up on the animals.
 
    Our biggest goal is to educate the locals on the importance of animal sterilization, health and care. Our underlying belief that through education and interaction with the local community we will start the cycle of healthy, sterilized animals and the importance of properly caring for their animals. Through these efforts, we will decrease disease being spread to humans, and change local perceptions on animal welfare.

  With that said we have begun a new campaign for 2019. WE hope to host a clinic in the next community. We would like to offer farm and working animal care as well. The community depends on these animals for a living, transportation and food. 

Please consider making a donation to our efforts. No donation to big or small. We are grateful to you that we can keep up with this work. Making a lasting change in lives of folks and animals who would other wise have very few options.  

Thank you for your consideration. 
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UPDATE:

We are planning to host another clinic in February and June 2019. 

**We have new ideas and plans for 2019, which includes nonprofit status and working closer with Fundacion Adan.

You can follow our story on Facebook at  Burkes in Nicaragua 

Fundacion Adan you can read more about Elisas organization here.
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We more clinics planned for June 8th and 9th and again in Mid November. We offer both wellness clinics to service working animals and also a spay neuter clinic for cats and dogs. IF you would like to support our efforts once again, you can do so on this same campaign. The balance doesn't reflect what we have available, we hope to continue fundraising to keep helping the animals.

Kind Regards,

Julie Burke
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Veterinary clinic 2/24/19 Thank you

A sincere thank you to all of the generous, animal loving humans who supported our most recent animal wellness and spay/neuter clinic in February. I am feeling a deep gratitude to you all and to the the many wonderful, caring and compassionate volunteers and Veterinary Doctors who joined us! What an incredibly successful weekend. This was our 3rd and most successful clinic thus far! We are seeing profound and lasting change within the community already! This community (Villa Carmen) is understanding the benefits and showing up with their animals, learning they can give them a better life with our support. Your generosity has made a huge impact, but we still have a long way to go. We hope over time to help decrease diseases that pets and working animals carry and rid the population of unwanted, suffering, neglected and stray animals. These wellness clinics are 100% free to the community members and 100% of your donations have gone to the work being done (there is zero administration costs).

To be honest, I was a little anxious about the weekend of the clinics. It is hard to gage the community attendance and/or understanding about the benefits of our work. We have found that this impoverished area has come to embrace our work. We expanded our sterilization clinic to included a much needed wellness component and offered services for working animals (horse, oxen, donkey etc). There is no other support for this type of work within these rural communities and often would be impossible for the animals to receive care due to location and income. I was determined to make this a successful clinic and bring much needed support to these animals and owners.

With the help of some passionate animal loving and dedicated volunteers, we plastered 3 communities with flyers, hired a truck with a megaphone to announce the information and also relied on social media/word of mouth. Our preparation led to two very successful clinics.

On Saturday, in the community of San Diego, we hosted the large animal wellness clinic, our first. In attendance we had: 9 oxen, 35 horses, 35 dogs, 25 cattle and 24 pigs. Each animal was individually evaluated and treated. The doctors were able to addressed skin issues, parasites, lameness, dental issues, hoof attention and more. Many of the working animals are the only source of income or transportation for the families within these rural communities. They carry families, crops, and supplies. The horses aid in the herding of income earning cattle and act as transportation for many. The health of these large farm animals is essential to their lively hood. These wellness clinics can improve the health and life of the animal, which improves the life of the owners and their families. It was wonderful to see familiar faces of cowboys and their horses or oxen walk in to our clinic.

On Sunday in the community of California we held our sterilization clinic. We successfully sterilized and treated 68 dogs and cats. A huge leap from our first clinic where we sterilized 18 cats and dogs. Which at the time felt amazing!

During the weekend the team of veterinary doctors and assistants were able to do dental and shoe work on the horses. They attended a wounded horse with a severely broken leg in which we were able to humanly euthanize, saving it from a slow terrible death. We were able to check on a lame oxen and give good news that in time it would heal on its own. The vets even offered to take a dog home with them to give it a life saving surgery to repair its broken legs. * Eskirin has recovered and returned home- after 3 weeks living with the Doctors. He was reunited this week with his owner and will make a full recovery! Thanks to donors and a free ride from our friend Chuck. These clinics give us the opportunity not only to educate owners on how to care for their animals, but also the importance of sterilization.

Thank you to the invincible Elisa with Fundacion ADAN for her hard work saving animals all over Nicaragua, the tireles and his amazing crew with Orprovet - who donate their time weekend after weekend to create much needed change in their country. Thank you to Gran Pacifica for the donated lodging to our veterinary team, as well as, tables, chairs and volunteers. Much appreciation to the incredible team of volunteers that came and poured their hearts into this project - a special thanks to the Cropper’s Heather Leigh Day Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Co. who came and lent a few hands where ever needed Tali Burke, Alana Bergeron Hickey And to the committed local volunteers Alejandro Mendoza, Holly Wilson Carolina Angulo, Katy Davila, The school in California and Hacienda in San Diego for an incredibly successful weekend filled with animal wellness, spay and neuter and so much more! So filled with appreciation to you all!

There need is still huge in the area- for the work and the education. With your help we will continue to do this work and educate the people of the community as long as we are able. We have plans to do a clinic in Villa El Carmen next. June 8th. We will host a clinic to work on large animals that weekend as we see the need. We hope you will continue to support our work and passion to help these animals. You can follow or work on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nicalove14/
or facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/BurkesinNica/
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