Veterinary Clinic Held in Seine Bight
By Patricia Celenza
The Placencia Humane Society (PHS) once again lived up to its mission of providing caring, professional veterinarian attention to animals.
On October 16 and 17, 2009, Dr. Cliff Barnett of the US in conjunction with PHS conducted a pet clinic in Seine Bight Village. And not one pet owner was charged for this clinic!
This clinic was born in the generosity of a huge amount of people. Dr. Barnett and Dr. White, two veterinarians from Seminole, Florida, U.S.A., and their four member team, Erin, Michelle, Kim, and Donna donated all vet services, treatments, supplies, and medicines.
Belize's very own Dr. Floyd Bennett volunteered his services, as well.
The kindness of these folks was matched by both Lost Reef Resort and Villa Ranguana who provided complimentary lodgings to all the volunteers. Pastor Don Palmer opened his Ministries of the Son of God Church for clinic use. Mr. Lopez, principal of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic School, successfully spread word throughout the school of this clinic.
Once again, PHS volunteers gave tirelessly and generously. This committed group included Pamela Keck, Pam Thomas, Madalon Richardson, Pat Rarrick, Cat Harshbarger, MaryAnn Kaye, Jeanne Marechal, Renza Hoban, Barb Bell, Juana Itch, Keith Kaye, Jose Ack, and Quincy Zuniga.
These dedicated volunteers were kept very busy. In just eight hours (four hours each morning), 108 animals were attended to, including one coatimundi (a tropical animal, related to the raccoon, normally wild, but in this case,
Ninety five cats and dogs were vaccinated, and ninety six pets got rabies shots. The coatimundi received a rabies shot. Seventeen female dogs were spayed, and thirteen male dogs were neutered. This was our largest turnout for spays and neuters ever. Last year, there were six males neutered and 15 females spayed. Also four feral cats were trapped, cut, and released. One pet required eye surgery.
This is the fifth year that Dr. Barnett and his team have sponsored and given their professional services so freely to the Seine Bight community.
At this writing, another spay and neuter clinic in Seine Bight is being planned around April 2010, as a follow-up to this clinic.
If you have any questions regarding PHS, would like to make a donation, adopt a rescued dog or cat or become a volunteer please contact Pamela Keck at 520-4057.