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HSI Helping Dogs and Cats in South America

14 July 2016

GUYANA - The Humane Society International (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.

HSI 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 HSI vets there has helped save some of these dogs’ lives.

HSI 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, HSI just celebrated sterilizing its 10,000th dog! Milonga was also so matted that they 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, HSI 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, HSI services are the only they have access to and can afford. 

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