In the early days following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a Vancouver Animal Health Technologist put a dream into action. Five days later the first team left for New Orleans to assist in the search and rescue, medical care and humane relief efforts of thousands of animals. In the weeks to follow, a total of 82 Techs and Vets joined the Canadian Animal Assistance Team and each dedicated a week of their lives to an experience that was "horrific and wonderful" at the same time. I was one of those that went, and I can tell you that I have never seen anything like it. I am in this profession to help animals, and while I do that on a daily basis, it is very much long term. Ie. we see the pets from their 1st vaccines, through being spayed or neutered, through illnesses, etc. Going to New Orleans was being able to help in an immediate way, and we knew that we were saving lives.
Our next project is a spay and neuter mission in Kadavu, Fiji in January 2006. We plan to spay and neuter approximately 250 village dogs that would otherwise be poisoned as a means of population control. There are seven CAAT members who are volunteering their time for this mission, 6 from British Columbia (including myself)and 1 from Alberta.
As you can imagine, missions of this magnitude take countless volunteer hours, mountains of red tape and the generosity of donors and sponsors. While we have a specific list of supplies that are needed, what we really need the most are financial donations. This would enable us to fulfill specific needs and put all donations to use in the most effective manner. CAAT is a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more. Donations may be made online by visiting www.caat-canada.org
Canadian Animal Assistance Team
c/o 1635 West 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1L8
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