A few weeks ago we logged edited the footage below that our good friends The Galapagos Preservation Society (GPS) gathered on one of their recent trips to the region. GPS as well as Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD) are providing a very important service in one of the world last ecosystems that has yet to feel the brunt of human intrusion. Both GPS and DAD are working to preserve native ecosystems by practicing safe and cruelty-free control of non-native species through spay & neuter campaigns as well as programs that provide free fences to people with domesticated non-native species. Both organizations selflessly provide free veterinary care to animals in need, but they need your help to continue doing so. GPS needs your help in gathering supplies to be brought to the islands. The message below is from GPS, we suggest that everyone reading this share this post with friends and donate whatever you can to their tireless efforts!
Do you work at a veterinary clinic? Do you know anyone who does? If so, you can help us round up the supplies we need for upcoming campaigns in Galapagos!
As you know, Galapagos Preservation Society protects wildlife, preserves ecosystems and promotes animal welfare in the Galapagos Islands.
Many people are unaware that the Galapagos has a human population of about 40,000.
Those people have brought cats, dogs and farm animals with them. The cats and dogs prey on and terrorize the indigenous wildlife who have evolved without any natural predators. Goats and cows compete with tortoises for food and space. In addition to preying on wildlife, dogs and cats spread diseases that can affect human health as well as
the health of endemic wildlife.
Many of the dogs and cats on Galapagos are not spayed or neutered. This is due to a lack of veterinarians on the islands, lack of education on the importance of sterilization and cultural attitudes toward sterilization, although they are changing.
GPS offers free sterilization for cats and dogs, free fences for dogs who are chained or left to roam free and conducts humane education and public outreach to teach kids and adults about the importance of sterilization for pets, wildlife and the ecosystem.
GPS works with another organization who runs a small clinic on Santa Cruz Island. We will be going to Santa Cruz in January with a small group of vets to do a spay/neuter campaign. In addition to that campaign, we are gearing up to have a couple more veterinarian volunteers on the islands. To successfully sterilize as many animals as possible, we are looking for donated veterinary supplies to bring with us to the islands. While it is possible to buy supplies on the mainland of Ecuador, it is prohibitively expensive to do so. We would like to bring as many donated supplies as possible, however, even if we have to purchase supplies in the U.S., it will be less expensive that doing so in Ecuador.
I have included a wishlist of supplies below. GPS is a registered non-profit (26-3586158) and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We will happily provide you with the necessary paperwork for your records. If you would like to introduce us to your veterinarian or clinic manager and have GPS contact them directly, or have any questions, please email Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org
SXC Gloves, Drapes, Guaze Cotton, Vet Wrap, Adhesive, Syringes, Needles, Benz All, Sterile Vials, Tattoo Ink, Suture Material * (2-0, 3-0, internal and external), Scalpel Blades, Disinfectant Spray Bottles, Tupperware, Alcohol, Peroxide, Glue
* MOST NEEDED DONATION!