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May 26, 2011

HSI Internship Participants: 2011

Humane Society International

  • International interns from Panama and Tanzania. GBHS

The HSI internship program was created to encourage and promote training of individuals involved in animal advocacy, sheltering/control and humane education internationally. 

For one week prior to Animal Care Expo, a U.S. humane society generously hosts a selected internship recipient for hands-on training at their facility. All applicants complete a lengthy application and an HSI staff committee makes the final selection.  In addition to individual capabilities, careful consideration is given to how the applicant’s country and organization fit into the HSI’s strategic plan. Many scholarship recipients are from groups already working with HSI. 

Host organizations and interns participating in this year’s internship program were:

Mississippi Animal Rescue League: Javier Horta Cueva of Puerto Rico and Wilford Almoro of The Philippines; SPCA Tampa Bay: Amandus Muhairwa from Africa and John Fredy Rincon of Colombia; Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Mariana Issa Cabrera of Mexico and Jessica Gonzalez of Ecuador; Humane Society of Charlotte: Maria Constanza Moreno of Colombia and Claudia Alvarez Munoz from Chile; Humane Society of Greater Miami: Isaac Maina of Kenya; Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: Maria Eugenia Aguilar-Franco of Peru and Lobna El Wahab of Egypt; Humane Society of Elmore County: Victor de Barros of Portugal; and the ASPCA: Ana Borges de Almeida from Brazil.

Invaluable experience

Dr. Thomas Kahema, veterinarian at the Tanzania Animal Welfare Society in Tanzania and Dr. Augusto Barragan, veterinarian at the Fundacion Spay/Panama in Panama were two more participants in HSI's internship program who found themselves in the midst of tornadoes that hit the Tuscaloosa area of Alabama in April.   

Dr. Kahema said, “I witnessed the worst effects of tornadoes, extremely heavy and destructive storms. Hundreds of people were injured; many people died and others were displaced. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society received many dogs and cats from the affected areas and treated them and kept them quarantined, as well as several horses wounded by flying debris.”

Of his internship with the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Isaac Maina, Team Leader of Animal Welfare Programs of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare in Kenya, stated, “I had a memorable week—I must confess that each day had its own new experience and I kept wondering where on earth would I have learned all that I have between the systematic setup, the technology, thoroughness in procedures, articulateness in record keeping and the love and compassion people had for animals. I spent one day in the field trapping cats with a staff member, Cindy who showed me how to trap and do TNR.” 

lsaac also mentioned his experience attending Animal Care Expo for the first time: “I would like to immensely thank HSI for the wonderful time and great opportunity offered to me. I learned a lot and experienced things that I would never have had a chance to see in Kenya. During Expo, I was able to meet and interact with many participants, which was real mentoring to me. I visited the exhibit hall, where I saw new gadgets used in the field of animal welfare. Traps, tagging and mobile clinics provided me with particular insight. Thank you, HSI!"

Emily Marquez-Dulin, executive director of Humane Society of Greater Miami, commented, “Isaac was a delight and he had a wonderful experience with us during his internship. I would love to do it again … please keep me in mind!"

For more information on becoming a host organization, please contact Donna Pease, international coordinator for Animal Care Expo at dpease@hsi.org