As you may know, earlier this year I joined the WSU School of Veterinary Medicine's class of 2022. I have been working hard to gain the skills and knowledge I will need for my future career. Although much of this learning takes place in the classroom, I also strive to further my abilities in the real world.
I am thrilled to say that this March I will be spending my Spring Break in Quinault, WA as I partake in a RAVS (Rural Area Veterinary Services) trip to provide veterinary services free of charge to the Quinault Indian Nation. My team and I will spend a week spaying, neutering, vaccinating and performing other medical procedures for the pets and stray animals in a community that at other times has very limited access to veterinary care. This effort is particularly close to my heart after the years I spent working and volunteering at the Whitman County Humane Society here in Pullman. I experienced first hand the importance of timely spay/neuter as well as saw the struggle of owners attempting to balance the needs of their pets with their own financial limitations.
RAVS in a nonprofit program that relies greatly on the fundraising of each participating veterinary student to provide much needed care to over 8,000 animals every year. I will be contributing the $200 to allow for my participation, but I urge anyone who can to contribute as well so we can go above the minimum and ensure the future of this program! For examples of where your money will be going and how much even small amounts can better the lives of animals, their owners, and their community, see below:
- $10.00 to provide vaccines for one dog or cat
- $25.00 to treat one dog for life-threatening tick-borne illness.
- $35.00 for the anesthetic and surgery supplies to provide spay/neuter for one dog / cat
- $75.00 for the life-saving parvovirus treatment for one puppy
- $100.00 for the Spay/Neuter, vaccination and wellness care for one dog or cat
- $250.00 for the emergency surgery and aftercare for one seriously injured dog or cat
Thank you for your time and any contribution you are able to make! Please feel free to share this fundraiser on social media if you so desire!
For information provided by the Fund for Animals, Inc. see below:
In March of 2019, RAVS staff and volunteers will travel to the Pacific coast for 4 days of field clinics on the Quinault Reservation. The team will offer free spay/ neuter and wellness care to hundreds of 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 Quinault Reservation. http://www.quinaultindiannation.com