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Field Notes from Alaska--Day 1

On a mission to protect animals

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Dr. Jayne performs spay surgery on this little dog. Dave Pauli/HSUS

  • These children and their puppy attended one of the animal wellness clinics. Dave Pauli/HSUS

  • These dogs are recuperating after spay/neuter surgeries. Dave Pauli/HSUS

  • These little girls were interested in what was going on around them at the animal wellness clinic. Dave Pauli/HSUS

  • Their families brought these dogs to be checked out the Dr. Jayne and HSUS staff. Dave Pauli/HSUS

Check out Dave Pauli's report on the trip below.

For the past six years, staff from the Western Regional Office has headed north to Alaska to help run animal wellness clinics, offering spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and wound treatment. We also talk to students about animal care and careers.

We work with Alaskan veterinarian, Erit Jayne of Veterinary Visions, often the only DVM to visit many coastal, north slope and interior villages on a periodic basis.

We were eager to help out this go-round when Dr Jayne asked us to sponsor trips to the coastal villages of Nome, Savaggoon, and Gambell.

August 24 - Day 1

Our flight to St. Lawrence Island has been cancelled and we may have to have to take a taxi 71 miles one way to the school. The teacher expects that we might have as many as 20 dogs and cats at the clinic which will run from 4 p.m. until we get done, probably about 10 p.m. Then we'll need to back to Nome to repack for tomorrow's flight. 

The school tomorrow in Savoonga is setting up a classroom presentation for the students. But unlike classroom presentations in the Lower 48, this one will include a demonstration on minor wound care and home suturing of wounds!  Also scheduling wound treatment for a herd of reindeer later this week.