BREWER – Brewer Veterinary Clinic staff members are on an international mission to help save animals.
Starting Friday, the veterinarians will be shifting from caring for local furry friends to caring for animals in the Caribbean.
They’ll be setting up spay and neuter clinics to fight an overpopulation issue.
“These islands down on the Caribbean and I’m sure around the whole entire world are so overpopulated with dogs and cats. It’s not like here. They are pets, some of them are pets, but there are stray animals but they just don’t have the money. They’re lucky to feed themselves, let alone to take care of the animals the way we take care of our animals here in the U.S,” said Jamie Bangs, a licensed veterinarian technician at the clinic.
Last year the vets went to the Dominican Republic to spay, neuter and vaccinate animals.
This year, the trip will be a little bit different
“The organization that we worked with down there had everything we needed to do our spay and neuter clinic. So we really just showed up, did the surgeries, recovered the animals and sent them on their way, which was perfect for our first time doing that. This year we’ll have a lot of new challenges. We’re going to be bringing all the supplies we have for all the clinics. They don’t have anything for us down there so we’re bringing everything we need,” she said.
She said they made a major impact in the Dominican Republic last year and hopefully, they will again in Honduras this time around.
But she also said the trip impacts the staff heavily as well.
“It’s a lot to go into these Third World countries and see how people live. It’s shocking and hard for a lot of our staff to see, but the people are so welcoming and they don’t see themselves the way that we look at them. Once you talk to the people, they’re happy, that’s just how they live their lives and just because it’s different that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with that,” she said.