As an animal lover myself who shares her home with two furry friends – Spud, who has featured in this blog before, and Oscar, the wise cat, (who are both pictured here) – I am passionate about causes which support animals. The unconditional love we receive from animals is priceless and I can’t imagine life without them.
Today, October 4, is World Animal Day. World Animal Day started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. World Animal Day is an opportunity to remind us all of the importance of animal welfare and the need to protect the animals we share this planet with. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the joy our furry and feathered friends bring to our lives.
One organisation that is a shining example of what World Animal Day is all about is the Australian based non-profit Vets Beyond Borders. The organisation was established in 2003 by a group of volunteer vets whose decided to co-ordinate and run veterinary based animal welfare and public health programs in developing communities of the Asia and Pacific region.
The projects set up by Vets Beyond Borders have had an immediate impact – for example they have:
- Sterilized over 30,000 street dogs preventing the birth of thousands more street dogs each year
- Vaccinated over 65,000 dogs and cats against rabies
- Provided care for many dogs whom had never seen a vet before and performed pain-relieving and life-saving procedures including fracture repair and cancer treatment.
They have also ensured that their work will continue in the long term by establishing programs that will have an impact well into the future such as:
- Working with local governments and organisations to establish effective veterinary based programs
- Undertaking the clinical training of local veterinary personnel to build their skills
- Facilitating the funding of buildings and important infrastructure such as kennels to hospitalise treated animals
Below is a video of a recent talk that VBB Vice President, Charmaine Tham, did at the TED Talent Search. It gives a great explanation of the work that the organisation is doing on reducing human rabies deaths around the world.
This Thank You Thursday, and World Animal Day, The Fish Chick acknowledges the amazing work of the volunteer vets and team at Vets Beyond Borders.
See you in the pond,
The Fish Chick.
P.S. Just want to also say that Vets Beyond Borders is actually one of my newest clients and while I tend not to promote my clients in this blog I thought it was a nice fit with World Animal Day upon us and I really believe in the work that they do.