My name is Julie and I am a first year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, I am lucky enough to travel to Cheyenne River, SD with Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) to participate in a community outreach program. There, we will provide free veterinary services and education on animal and public health to residents. Approximately 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers unite to offer free spay/neuter clinics and wellness care to pets and animals resident to these remote communities. Due to poverty and geographic isolation, veterinary care is hard to come by for these remote, underserved communities. All animals deserve access to veterinary services, and we are thrilled to have the ability to offer it to them!
RAVS is a nonprofit organization which relies on donations and grants to supply annual clinics to various rural locations across the country. Here is an idea of how your contribution makes a difference:
$10.00 - Vaccines for one dog or cat
$25.00 - Treat one dog for life-threatening tick-borne illness.
$35.00 - Anesthetic and surgery supplies to provide spay/neuter for one dog / cat
$75.00 - Life-saving parvovirus treatment for one puppy
$100.00 - Spay/Neuter, vaccination and wellness care for one dog or cat
$250.00 - Emergency surgery and aftercare for one seriously injured dog or cat
Every donation counts, no matter how small. If you can't donate, please consider sharing this page to social media to spread the word!
Thank you for reading! I appreciate you!
Fund for Animals, Inc. wrote:
In July of 2019, RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to South Dakota for 10 days of field clinics on the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Reservation. The team of roughly 30 veterinary students and 15 professional volunteers will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to more than 1,000 animals in these remote communities where regular veterinary care is not available. In addition to wellness services, RAVS’ volunteers will care for animals with a wide range of health concerns including puppies suffering from parvovirus and distemper infections and older animals suffering from multiple infirmities. We will help animals with old traumatic injuries and festering wounds, returning them to a happier life with their family. While providing this care, our volunteers and staff will be educating the family on animal care and public health, helping to make the community a better place for the animals and the people of Cheyenne River. http://www.crtribalventures.org/ourres.html (Image courtesy of Daniel Hedden)