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Donations to Cuba


Cathy’s vehicle loaded with our donations.

All for Progress in Animal Care (APAC) is a society in Cuba whose mandate is to help spay and neuter the pet population there.  We are very pleased to once more have donated boxes full of much needed medical supplies to this very good cause.  Not only are they trying to curtail the population of “street animals” but they also are working toward educating the people there on the humane care and treatment of animals.

All vets and their assistants are helping with the “campaigns” to catch and sterilize stray animals on a volunteer basis, at no cost at all to the society.  APAC relies solely on supplies being brought in to Cuba by tourists.  One of our wonderful clients, Cathy Mills, became aware of this society and the worthwhile work they do and took it upon herself to help however she could.

She let us know she was making another trip to Cuba and asked if we could once again round up  donations of equipment and medical supplies in order to help where help is genuinely needed.  We are more than pleased to take part in this worthwhile endeavour and would like to thank Cathy for letting us know what we could do to help.

Tattoos work!

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) has had a tattoo program in place for a number of years.  Every clinic in BC has been assigned a 2 letter code, ours being CF.  Each participating pet is tattooed with this code and then another letter for the year.  2015 is the letter C.  The first part of the tattoo is a number assigned to each individual by the clinic doing the procedure.  The end result, looking something like this – 28 CFC – is that any lost animal that has one of these tattoos can be traced back to the clinic that gave the tattoo and then to the owner.  This past week alone we have had 2 injured cats brought in to the clinic, without their owners, by concerned animal lovers.  Somehow they had both managed to escape the safe confines of their homes.  Luckily they both had been tattooed under this program and we were able to locate the owners.  We offer a free tattoo when a pet is spayed or neutered.  For a minimal charge it can be given at any time your pet is under anesthetic.  If you have had your pet tattooed it is important to let us know if you move or get a new phone number so that we can contact you if your friend goes missing and is taken in to any veterinary hospital.