A World Vets team has just returned after a great adventure to the Atlantic Coast of Guatemala. Following 7 hours of travel, in a van and boat ride from the capital, they arrived in the Rio Dulce region. They provided free veterinary services, a luxury for local cats and dogs, as local services for animals are hard to come by in such an isolated area. Many communities are only accessible by boat making veterinary care a great challenge.
Our team provided a large scale sterilization campaign where 164 surgeries were performed as well as an additional 200 plus health consultations and treatments provided to local animals. We also saw patients at the dock of our accommodations during the evening along the river. In these activities, we were joined by local volunteers and veterinary students from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
We would like to extend our many thanks and gratitude to our team members and local coordinator, Aska. We would also like to thank CATUR, the local Centro de Salud and municipality of Livingston for all their support in helping make this campaign possible. And finally we would like to thank local businesses and the community of Livingston for their warm welcome.