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Send BVC to Help the Coconut Hounds

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As you may already know, members of the Brewer Veterinary Clinic staff love helping animals in need. We are excited to announce that we're taking that passion international!

In February 2019, some of the BVC family will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to volunteer with Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic! The dogs and cats in the Dominican Republic are affectionately called the Coconut Hounds or Coconut Cats, and we just can't wait to meet them!

Who are Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic?

DCDR started as a group of people establishing a community outreach program to educate pet owners and provide preventative medicine to their pets and has morphed into providing free spay/neuter clinics.

DCDR has converted an airport shuttle bus, now known as the Rescue Rover, into an operating room with two surgical tables and the ability to function anywhere. The Rescue Rover allows DCDR to travel to all areas of the island, which helps them in their fight against overpopulation. DCDR relies on volunteer veterinarians and their teams from all over the world to care for the Coconut Hounds/Cats.

What Will BVC Be Doing While in the Dominican?

While in the Dominican, BVC staff members will be traveling with the Rescue Rover! We will be participating in free spay/neuter clinics in the local communities. All members of the BVC staff are welcome to take this trip as the need extends further than surgical skills alone. We will be checking patients in, cleaning surgical instruments, and helping with recovery, among many other exciting things.

Where Can I Learn More About DCDR?

To learn more about Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic, please visit their website.  

What Will Our Donations Be Used For?

Over the next few months, BVC will be raising money to cover airfare and lodging costs for our volunteer team members. We think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to take our passion for animals to other areas of the world. We are accepting donations so all BVC staff members who want to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity are able to regardless of finances.

It is our hope and dream that we will be able to travel to less fortunate areas in the future to help animals in need. Any additional funds raised will be put towards another trip of this nature in the coming years.

No donation amount is too small, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in this exciting adventure!
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Thank you so much to those who have already donated to our “Send BVC to Help the Coconut Hounds” campaign. We’re all unbelievably excited to take part in this wonderful experience. We’ve had many inquiries as to what made us choose to go to the Dominican Republic over other areas that also need help, so we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you why!

BVC had several locations in mind when we wanted to put together a trip of this nature, and it was difficult to decide where we would land. Street dogs and their overpopulation is a real problem on many of the Caribbean islands. We reached out to several rescue organizations within the Caribbean, and Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic were the first to respond and in the most need.

The Dominican Republic is a popular tourist destination, but many might not see the problem with overpopulation of dogs and cats on the island, especially if they don’t venture far from the resorts. Access to veterinary care on the island is limited even for animals with owners, but it’s non-existent for the strays unless an organization like Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic and their spay/neuter clinics. It was this for this reason that we decided to go to the Dominican.

Some have also inquired as to why we haven’t done a spay/neuter clinic locally within our area, or in other locations throughout the country. While we would love to offer something of this nature here (and elsewhere), the unfortunate thing is that it would be detrimental business-wise to other veterinary clinics within that area. We want to help animals as much as we can, but we also don’t want to step on the toes of those who are also trying to help. Since there is so little as far as veterinary care available in the Dominican, we lessen the risk of upsetting area clinics and their livelihoods.

We hope that this tells you a little more about what went into our decision to go to the Dominican Republic. We thank you for your continued support and encouragement for this opportunity, and we hope you look forward to hearing all about it!
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