Last summer I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS). I, along with four other amazing ladies, provided much needed wellness and preventative care to animals on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in San Carlos, Arizona. It was an eye opening experience, and even before I boarded the plane to head back home, I knew that I would be volunteering again the following summer.
This year’s trip will take me to the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge reservations in South Dakota. The main focus of this clinic will be spay/neuter, but there will be some wellness/vaccine care provided as well. Surgery clinics are no easy feat to pull off and require lots of man power. Doctors, students, and veterinary technicians from all over the country come together and donate their time to make these clinics possible. But do you know what else it takes to run a surgery clinic? Money. And that’s where you lovely folks come in. The money raised by this campaign goes directly to purchasing much needed medical supplies like vaccines, medications, and surgical instruments.
Every little bit helps! Here’s an idea of just how far your dollars can go:
$10 – Vaccines for one dog or cat
$25 – Treatment of life-threatening tickborne illness for one dog
$35 – Anesthetic + surgical supplies to spay/neuter one dog or cat
$75 – Parvovirus treatment for one puppy
$100 – Complete spay/neuter, vaccination, and wellness exam for one dog or cat
$250 – Emergency surgery and aftercare for one seriously injured dog or cat
A little spiel about this particular trip -
In June of 2019, RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to South Dakota visiting the Lower Brule and Pine Ridge Reservations. 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 remotes 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 Lower Brule and Pine Ridge. https://www.lowerbrulesiouxtribe.com/ https://friendsofpineridgereservation.org/
If you’re interested in learning more about RAVS and all that they do, check out their website - http://www.ruralareavet.org/
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Thank you for your support!