Surgical veterinary technician Laurie Doton with puppies in Granada, Nicaragua.
Dr. Steele has a special and lasting reminder of her first World Vets experience: Oreja (“ear” in Spanish), a Mexican mutt she rescued. The sturdy little dog was one of many rounded up from the streets of Loreto and brought to the clinic. “I took one look at her and said, ‘She goes home with me!’” recalls Dr. Steele. Alaska Airlines generously agreed to fly Oreja and six other rescued dogs back to the U.S. for free. Oreja joined Dr. Steele’s five other dogs for a happy and healthy life beside the ocean. Dr. Steele swears she won’t be bringing her pack any more rescues from World Vets trips. Time will tell.
Helping Animals World Vets is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that provides veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign military groups, and veterinary professionals abroad. Its work spans 25 countries and six continents and addresses not only veterinary issues, but also human-health issues related to zoonotic diseases. They treat animals large and small, from cats and dogs towater buffalo, cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep and much more. Earlier this year, first-responder and relief teams traveled to Japan’s tsunamidevastated areas to lend a hand — or actually, many hands.
Rebecca Wallick, a long-time Bark contributing editor, is executive director of McPaws Regional Animal Shelter in McCall, Idaho.