June 23, 2016
Helping dogs and cats in South America
HSI began working in Guyana in 2014 because the only animal shelter in the country was taking in litter after litter of kittens and puppies and, overwhelmed by the sheer number of them, being forced to euthanize most.
We developed a project to train local veterinarians and vet techs and to offer spay/neuter to prevent more animals from being abandoned or killed.
Guyana also has a high incidence of canine distemper and people often bring their dogs in to be seen only during the later stages of the disease, when the nervous system has already been affected and the animal starts having seizures. Having our vets there has helped save some of these dogs’ lives.
"Too many puppies and kittens are still being born. Our team works tirelessly to promote and offer access to spay/neuter as a humane solution to overpopulation.”—Alex Rothlisberger, deputy director of Companion Animals & Engagement for HSI
We visit the country every three months and have also treated several cases of mastitis in cats and dogs, removed tumors and operated on pyometras, among other maladies, reducing discomfort and preventing more fatalities.
Meanwhile in Chile, we just celebrated sterilizing our 10,000th dog! Milonga was also so matted that we had to wait until she was under anesthesia to cut off some of her tangled fur so she could see and hear again. Her owners had no idea the great deal of pain their dog was in.
After showing them how to properly keep her coat short and clean, we did a drive-by near their residence a few months later and found her still looking gorgeous and healthy.
Thousands of cats and dogs have benefited from HSI’s mobile veterinary clinics. Most of these animals come to get spayed or neutered, but people also know that they will not be turned away if their pet is ill, injured, or just needs a vaccine booster shot. For most, our services are the only they have access to and can afford. We are grateful to our supporters for making it possible for us to offer them! Give now to make a difference for animals.