Field, Abroad, Reaching-out Veterinarians
In January 2016, FARVets partnered with Paulette Goudge, PhD and the wonderful staff at La Mariposa; a Spanish school and Eco-hotel outside the pueblo of La Concepcion in Nicaragua. La Mariposa is much more than a tourist destination; the non-profit organization rescues street dogs, provides free medical care for local animals, rescues horses for use in their rehabilitation program and much more. Paulette founded La Mariposa in 2006 and has worked to make sure the non-profit benefits the surrounding community by providing jobs and supporting local industry. Working with the staff at Mariposa, FARVets ran three days of free surgical sterilization clinics at two separate la Mariposa sites, and a one day free wellness clinic. The FARVets clinic provided over 140 locally owned animals with medical care. Street dog overpopulation is an overwhelming problem in Nicaragua and FARVets is planning a return trip in November 2016 to run additional spay/neuter clinics with La Mariposa in the villages surrounding La Conception.