''Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.''
Potcakes are the breed of dog on the island.
A small group of local volunteer veterinary professionals, dedicated to making a difference across borders, recently returned from Grand Bahama where they donated their time and skills to the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.
Angie Cherry, a local vet tech at El Rincon Pet Hospital and a member of Helping Paws Across Borders, spearheaded and organized the trip in order to provide medical care to both privately owned and shelter animals. The seven volunteers from New Mexico included veternarians Dr. Ray Hudgell, Dr. Dan Dessauer, Dr. Kim Hamel, and licensed vet technicians Angie Cherry, Shaunessy Nadeau, Jennifer Cherry and Laura Rowe.
The mission of the group is to bring Animal Humane services to desolate areas in different countries at no cost to the local people. Helping Paws Across Borders strives to make a positive difference in the lives of unwanted and abused animals through compassionate care, rescue and medical intervention. They believe that through education and sterilization that abuse and neglect of these animals can be stopped.
Not only did the seven volunteers spent their vacation time and pay their own way to Grand Bahama to assist the locals, but they also donated many medicines and supplies needed to perform surgeries and benefit the shelter animals. The June trip was Angie's fourth visit to the Grand Bahama shelter, and upon returning from this past clinic, the group had performed 112 spay and neuter surgeries and did over 60 sick animal exams. About half were shelter animals, and half were privately owned animals whose owners would not be able to afford the surgery privately, or would not bother to have it done. Many shelter animals also received minor surgeries and treatments that otherwise would not have been affordable to the locals.
Helping Paws Across Borders is looking for volunteers for upcoming clinics. Volunteers pay their own airfare and some food is provided. The group is generally offered one local excursion at no cost, and transportation is also included.
Helping Paws Across Borders
Phone: Angie Cherry
E-mail: Angie Cherry
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