Project Date: January 5-12, 2019
Localisation : Central America
Population : 340000
Spoken Languages : English, Spanish, Creole, Mayan, Garifuna
Local Partner : Hopkins Belize Humane Society (HBHS) and Corozal Animal Program (CAP)
The Foundation for Veterinary Aid International (FVAI) returned once again to Belize for the eighth time in January 2019. It is without a doubt one of our pet projects! A diversified team of 18 volunteers sterilized 176 dogs and cats in 4 days.
We began our mission in the small village of Sarteneja, where we have always received a warm welcome year after year! The Belizean people now wait for us at the doors of the clinic even before it opens. The high level of participation shows how much the villagers care about the health and welfare of their animals. Patience and perseverance always pays off in the end!
As always, we had the opportunity to visit the extraordinary Wildtracks, a rehabilitation center for manatees and monkeys. The visit was informative and a great way to spend an afternoon. It is always a privilege to visit a center full of people that are so inspiring and passionate about their work!
We said goodbye to our friends in Sarteneja and crossed the bay towards Corozal. The volunteers of the Corozal Animal Program (CAP) welcomed us with open arms. This organization is active year round in the community. They offer rebate coupons to people who want to sterilize their animals but can’t afford to, educate the Belizeans on the care needed by their pets and favor adoption. FVAI’s clinic was an overwhelming success in the community of San Joaquin.
We will be returning to Belize in January 2020. This project is perfect for travelers who would like to participate in a humanitarian mission for the first time, in underprivileged communities with little or no access to veterinary care. Could this project be for you?