Archive for February, 2010

One Veterinarian Cause ‘Spay and Neuter’ Makes A Difference

One veterinarian making a difference

by Chris Holmes, DVM

Since returning from Sayulita, Mexico at the end of January, I have been bombarded with e-mails from Sayulita saying what a wonderful job we did spaying and neutering 80 animals in four days. All e-mails express extreme gratitude, which gives me a very rewarding feeling.

It seems that we kicked off a momentum in the Mexican community, maybe a form of peer pressure, for the locals to take advantage of the free spays and neuters and help end the extreme pet overpopulation problem. Extermination had been the only way to deal with packs of homeless dogs digging through garbage cans trying to survive. It had been the norm for the police to come by every couple of months rounding up dogs at night and killing them. “What else could be done, that’s just how it is.”

Through and a lot of dedicated volunteers, with the exception of a veterinarian, they were determined to find another way. After returning from my trip I have been spending a lot of my time networking trying to find other veterinarians to go down and volunteer. I have had no luck and the spring reproductive season is coming quickly. Although I hope to find other veterinarians for them in the future, I have agreed to go back for one more strong push to spay and neuter as many animals as possible. I fly out March 19 and will do surgery for three days straight, returning on the 23rd. I am going by myself. This is not a beach vacation.

One of the problems in making this a successful trip by doing large quantities of safe surgery is that I have to take my own good quality suture, anesthetic drugs, and some other surgical supplies. I hope to do at least 75 animals in these three days. These supplies alone will cost about $700, not including travel costs.

Once again, I am hoping for some financial support from anyone who thinks this is a worthwhile project. Donations can be made at our Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic. To track where these donations go, feel free to contact Sara Briner at Ask her what she thinks of my work.

Dr. Chris Holmes, DVM, is the owner of Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic in Lakeport.


February 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

Spay and Neuter Awareness Day

The benefits of spaying and neutering your dogs and cats provide a happy long life for your pet. The other social benefit is the prevention of unwanted puppies and kittens. With the economic situation in our communities, the over whelming circumstances with pet owners, municipal shelters, non-profit organizations seeking forever homes for adoptable animals, and finding foster parents for animals. WE can help. Remember To Spay and Neuter.

There are spay and neuter voucher programs across the country.

Animal Coalition of Lake County, California, a non -profit organiztion, provides a spay and neuter voucher program for local assistance call 707-995-0552.

February 23, 2010 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Celebrate Love Your Pet Today

February 20th is a day to give your loved pet a kiss, a hug, a pat even quality time to cuddle.

To my little family members  Bear, Mim, Goober and Widdles Happy ‘Love Your Pet Today’. Remember every day is love your pet day.

February 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Darby’s Story helps Animal Coalition

Darby’s Story is helping 501(c)(3) non-profit animal organization. The Animal Coalition of Lake County, California on Sweet Heart Dance Benefit on February 12, 2010. All the proceeds from the Sale of each book benefits the spay and neuter program.

A large part of Darby’s Story, a  fundraising elements for animal organization. To help support  ‘share the message’ for all rescue dogs and cats, you can have a happy healthy forever home. For more information on ACLC follow this link Animal Coalition of Lake County

Animal organizations with 501(c)(3) interested in Darby’s Story for fundraising. Contact the Author.

February 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

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