Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Drivel - Spay/Neuter Clinics

Yours truly was off volunteering at the spay/neuter clinics again. Last week it was cats. 89 kitties brought in that day. Today was dogs. 50 dogs plus one cat. Not bad for a day's work. 

(Above- outdoor staging area) 

If you've never been to a dog spay/neuter clinic, then you most likely haven't thought about the logistics of it. Where would you put 50 cages? For this clinic, there was ample outdoor room and luckily it didn't rain. 

(Above- indoor staging area)

All those cages with their canine occupants have to be carried indoors one at a time. Here the dogs are evaluated, sedated, prepped for surgery, neutered, and begin recovery. 


Above is a neat trick for identifying each dog once they leave their cage. The blue tape has the owner's name, dog's name, sex, and weight. No mix ups. No guessing. 


The clinics I work at use volunteers to help watch the dogs as they recover from anesthesia. Trained people monitor the dogs but its the volunteer that keep the dogs snuggled in blankets as needed, watch for problems, alert the staff if something doesn't look right. 

Volunteers are a critical part of the clinics I help out in. I assume that may be the case for clinics around the country. So if you ever have the urge to help out some dogs and cats, volunteering to monitor recovery is a rewarding way to do that. Give it a thought. 

So if you ever plan to visit the Big Island of Hawaii, would like to meet me and volunteer a day at one of our spay/neuter clinics, just give me a shout. By the way, lunch is free! Today we had two women from Austria helping out. They did a super job!!! 

By the way, next month we already have 150 cats planned for the next clinic. Yikes! 

1 comment:

  1. hi there,
    do you know if they would ever use volunteers from the veterinary community? I'm a registered vet tech from vancouver canada and am planning on visiting the big island again in the fall and would love to plan my trip around volunteering at a spay/neuter project.

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