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Field Notes from Alaska--Day 5

Closing out the week

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Dr. Jayne performs spay surgery on this little dog. 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 28 - Day 5

This last week—with clinics in the villages of Teller, Savoonga, Gambell, and Nome—have been a blur of animal wellness outreach to villages that don't have regular or cost effective veterinary services available. These coastal villages have real needs and an appreciative animal owning population.
 
I don't yet have a numerical summary of the number of animal lives improved by our visits through vaccinations, worming, spay/neuter surgeries, or wound treatment, but it was easily several hundred animals. More than 75 surgeries were completed for reproductive, tumor removal or wound repair. Hundreds more were vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and another few hundred given medicines for tapeworms.  This was both a animal wellness and public health and safety clinic.