Dakin Humane Society Assists Animals in Puerto Rico | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019

Dakin Humane Society Assists Animals in Puerto Rico | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019


>>HURRICANE MARIA DEVASTATED
NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO BUT ITS
ANIMAL POPULATION AS WELL. IN AN EFFORT TO ASSIST,
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DACON HUMANE SOCIETY RECENTLY VISITED
THE ISLAND AND I SAT DOWN WITH DR. SHERRY FERION, THE EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR, TO TALK ABOUT THE RECENT EFFORTS TO SPAY AND
NEUTER ANIMALS IN PUERTO RICO AND THE LATEST PROGRAMS
HAPPENING.>>I GOT TO GO TO PUERTO RICO
LAST NOVEMBER. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED
STATES IS HELPING TO FUND NUMEROUS TRIPS OVER 18-MONTH
PERIOD DOWN IN PUERTO RICO TO HELP WITH OVERPOPULATION. I WENT LAST NOVEMBER AND THEY
PERFORM A LARGE NUMBER OF SURGERIES DURING EACH OF THESE
TRIPS. THERE’S ABOUT SIX OR SEVEN
DIFFERENT LOCATIONS GOING ON OVER A WEEK’S TIME, WHERE EACH
OF THESE LOCATIONS IS DOING A LARGE NUMBER OF SURGERIES. OUR LOCATION ALONE DID ABOUT
3,000 SURGERIES JUST FOR THAT ONE WEEK AND I THINK AS OF NOW,
THEIR GOAL WAS TO HIT 20,000 FOR THE 18-MONTH PERIOD AND THEY’RE
ALREADY OVER THAT, I BELIEVE, AND STILL HAVE ONE MORE TRIP TO
DO. SO YOU SPAY AND NEUTER ANIMALS,
TELL US THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT GIVEN THE CONDITIONS AFTER THE
HURRICANE?>>PUERTO RICO ALREADY HAD A
LARGE NUMBER OF ANIMALS IN THEIR SHELTER BUT THAT HAS GOTTEN
WORSE SINCE THE HURRICANE. UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE OF THE
DAMAGE, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND THEY HAD
TO LEAVE THE ANIMALS BEHIND BECAUSE THEY IF HAVE A WAY OF
TAKING THEM. SO A LOT OF ANIMALS WERE LEFT
BEHIND AND ALLOWED TO BREED AND THE NUMBERS INTO THE SHELTERS
WERE EVEN GREATER BECAUSE BECAUSE OF THE ANIMALS THAT WERE
RUNNING AROUND, WE STARTED TO SEE THE SPREAD OF DISEASE AS
WELL AND SOME OF THOSE DISEASES THAT ANIMALS CAN GET CAN GO TO
PEOPLE, AS WELL. SOME OF THE BIG ONES ARE RBAIES
AND LEPTOSPORISIS CAN SPREAD TO PEOPLE AS WELL. IT’S ONE TO KEEP ANIMALS OUT OF
THE SHELTERS BUT TO KEEP THESE DISEASES UNDER CONTROL.>>I THOUGH THAT YOU HAD GONE
DOWN TO PUERTO RICO A FEW YEARS AGO, AGAIN, LOOKING AT ANIMAL
WELFARE AND EXPLORING, AS WELL, SOME OF THE OVERPOPULATION
ISSUES. SO WHAT WERE YOUR TAKE AWAYS
FROM THAT IN.>>SO I WENT DOWN NOVEMBER OF
2016 AND I SPOKE TO, I THINK, EVERY ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP ON
THE ISLAND DID COME TO THIS PRESENTATION, A TWO-DAY
PRESENTATION AND I FOCUSED ON OPEN ADOPTIONS AND HOW TO
INCREASE ADOPTIONS BECAUSE REMOVING BARRIER. WE FIND THAT THE SHELTERS IN
MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRIES HAVE MANY ANIMALS AND THINGS WITHIN
THE SHELTER YOU CAN CHANGE TO HAVE THE ANIMALS MOVE QUICKER
AND IT’S MORE OPEN WITH THE PUBLIC AND TRUSTING THEM MORE
AND ALLOWING THEM TO ADOPT BECAUSE THE SHELTERS HAVE A
CERTAIN CAPACITY. WHEN THEY GET FULL, YOU GET
OVERCROWDED AND NOT GOOD FOR ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THE ANIMALS
AND IT WAS GREAT BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT GROUP AND THEY
HAVE THINGS IN THE NORTHEAST WE DON’T HAVE. ONE THING WE HAVE IN OUR
WINTERS, KITTENS DON’T GIVE BIRTH ALL WINTER LONG. IN PUERTO RICO AND OTHER WARM
ENVIRONMENTS, THEY DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF THAT HAPPENING, SO
NO NATURAL BUFFER TO KEEP THAT POPULATION IN CHECK AND THAT’S
ONE OF THEIR BIG CHALLENGE, AS WELL.>>SO THIS MUST HAVE BEEN PRETTY
COOL FOR HIM TO REPRESENT IN PUERTO RICO AND DO THIS
IMPORTANT WORK.>>IT WAS GREAT. SHE’S AN AMAZINGLY SKILLED
SURGEON AND SHE WON’T SAY THAT SO I I’LL SAY I’LL SAY IT. SHE CAN DO IT WITH HER EYES
CLOSED, WHICH SHE WOULDN’T DO, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE BAD
PRACTICE. BUT TO HAVE THAT LEVEL OF SKILL
AND TO TAKE THAT TO A PLACE THAT NEEDS IT AND GREAT THAT SHE
COULD TAKE THAT ON.>>WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE YOU GOT
FROM FAMILIES?>>THEY WERE APPRECIATIVE TO IN
THIS OPPORTUNITY. WE DID 500 ANIMALS A DAY AND
UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAD TO TURN AWAY ANIMALS. PEOPLE WERE BE LINING UP, SOME
EVEN THE NIGHT BEFORE OR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT JUST TO MAKE
SURE THEY GOT ONE OF THE WRISTBANDS THAT QUALIFIED THEM
FOR THAT DAY’S SURGERY. BUT WE COULD ONLY TAKE 500 A DAY
AND WE STILL COULDN’T MEET THE NEED BUT PEOPLE WERE STILL
HAPPY. PEOPLE WALKED AND BIKED WITH
THEIR ANIMALS TO GET THERE AND GET IN LINE. THE SURGERY WAS FREE, THEY GOT
VACCINES AND SO GRATEFUL TO GET THE HELP. EVERYONE WAS NICE AND HELPFUL
FROM THE PEOPLE THAT PROVIDED US LUNCH TO PEOPLE WHO WERE
VOLUNTEERING AND HELPING OUT ANYWAY THEY COULD.>>I KNOW THAT YOU WENT WITH A
LOCAL GROUP AND I KNOW THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAS THE 18-MONTH
PLAN, YOU KNOW, TO CONTINUE THIS. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS TO KEEP ON
PEOPLE’S MINDS THAT THIS IS STILL A BIG ISSUE AFTER THIS
HURRICANE, WHICH IS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO NOW?>>I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT THIS IS STILL HAPPENING DOWN THERE. THEY ARE STRUGGLING. IF WE CAN ASSIST, WE ABSOLUTELY
SHOULD BE AND WE’RE GLAD TO DO SO.
>>AND DO YOU PLAN TO GO BACK?>>I THINK WHETHER IT WILL BE
THERE OR SOMEWHERE ELSE, I DO HOPE TO DO ANOTHER TRIP. THERE’S PLACES IN PUERTO RICO,
IN THE CARIBBEAN, EVEN OUT WEST IN THE UNITED STATES THAT NEED
HELP, SO I WOULD LOVE TO DO ANOTHER TRIP. THERE’S ONLY ONE MORE IN PUERTO
RICO THAT I KNOW OF WHICH IS MAY. SO UNLESS THEY EXTEND IT, I MAY
GO BACK BUT IN NOT, PROBABLY SOMEWHERE ELSE.>>HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS
SERVICE, EVEN FOR FAMILIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES TO HAVE
THIS DONE FOR THEIR PETS?>>IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOT
ONLY FOR THE ANIMAL’S HEALTH, FOR POPULATION AND ALL OF THOSE
THINGS BUT I THINK ONE OF THE KEY POINTS FOR PEOPLE TO
REMEMBER IS THAT THERE’S A MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE DON’T
WANT TO SPAY AND NEUTER, BUT IT’S REALLY WHAT WE FOUND IS
REALLY, IT’S ACCESS TO IT AND MAKING IT AFFORDABLE FOR PEOPLE,
ACCESSIBLE AND WHEN YOU DO, PEOPLE WILL COME AND WILL
ACTUALLY HAVE THAT DONE FOR THEIR ANIMAL AND SO APPRECIATIVE
AND WE SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY WHEN YOU MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE AND
AFFORDABLE, IT BREAKS DOWN THE BARRIERS, TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE
HAVE ACCESS TO THAT.>>WAS THERE ANYTHING IN
PARTICULAR THAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO ON THIS TRIP?>>I HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO DO ONE
OF THE TRIPS AND I THINK WHAT MADE ME KEY IN ON PUERTO RICO
WAS A FRIEND THAT USED TO WORK AT DACON, WHO IS FROM THERE. AND HE WOULD TALK ABOUT IT ALL
OF THE TIME. A LOT OF HIS FAMILY IS STILL
DOWN AND JUST THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ANIMAL
OVERPOPULATION DOWN THERE AND UP HERE AND I THINK IT JUST MADE IT
MORE PERSONAL FOR ME THAT I WANTED TO GO THERE IN PARTICULAR
AND WHEN THEY FINALLY WERE ALLOWING SOME OUTSIDE
VETERINARIAN GROUPS, I KNEW I WANTED TO DO THAT.>>ANY NEW INITIATIVES COMING
UP?>>SOME OF THE THINGS WE’RE
DOING AT DACON I THINK PEOPLE SOCIETY US
ASSOCIATE US WITH A PLACE TO CARE FOR YOUR ANIMAL AND, OF
COURSE, WE ALWAYS HAVE THOSE SERVICES BUT WE’VE BEEN FOCUSING
ON HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE AND PETS TOGETHER. OUR PET AID PROGRAM IF PEOPLE
AREN’T ABLE TO AFFORD THAT FOOD FOR THEIR PET, THEY CAN COME TO
DACON. WE WORK WITH SEVERAL PARTNERS
THROUGHOUT THE PIONEER VALLEY AND PEOPLE CAN GET THAT SUPPORT
AND WE’RE SHIFTING AND FOCUSING ON HOW DO WE KEEP PEOPLE AND
PETS TOGETHER AND CAN WE AVOID THE SHELTER ALL TOGETHER?

2 thoughts on “Dakin Humane Society Assists Animals in Puerto Rico | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019

  1. Puerto Rico has millions of animals at the streets starving to death and NO ONE CARE. I AM PUERTORICAN. I AM AN ANIMAL RESCUER IN CONNECTICUT AND HAVE NO INTEREST IN GO TO PR EVER AGAIN….THIS IS NOT A MARIA THING. YOU GUYS SPAYING AND RELEASING THEM TO DEATH??? PLEASE JUST EUTHANIZE THEM,they all deserve to be humanely euthanize

  2. And make sure your great veterinarian at dakin know revolution as any flea med and many other stuff can be poisonous to many animals and stop sending sick friendly cats poisoned by revolution to barns to live under weather conditions with the excuse shelter environment stress them out, that wont be an excuse anyway but is worse to know they go sick to the streets again poisoned by revolution not by stress, with diarrhea, vomiting, distress in pain losing it fur due to an already warned med by the manufacturer

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