Roatan desperately needs help from veterinarians and veterinary students. As a third world country, for most of the population paying for veterinary care is out of the question.
The major issue we are currently facing on the island is the desperate need for spay and neutering. Several years ago, there used to be some volunteer vet groups that would frequently visit the island for sterilization clinics, however, their visits have greatly been reduced. The combination of thousands of island animals and less spaying and neutering taking place has resulted in our animal population skyrocketing. In simple terms, what does this mean? Quite frankly, just more suffering.
Currently, there are not enough people able and willing to adopt island strays. As more and more kittens and puppies are born, more are doomed to a harsh life on the streets spent hungry and susceptible to disease, being hit by vehicles and early death.
If you are a veterinarian or veterinary student and would consider donating a day or two of your time, we have many opportunities to take advantage of the services you can offer. Whether you are planning an island vacation already or are seeking a vacation with a purpose, we would love to have your support. We are also grateful for any supplies or equipment donations. Please contact us for more details.