Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.
Over two weeks in the month of March, S.I.F.A. graciously sponsored desexing clinics in villages all around the island of Upolu that resulted in approximately 100 dogs successfully desexed to help control the dog population and improve the overall animal welfare of the island’s animals.
With the selfless contribution of their holiday time spent on the island, Dr. Helen Todd and Dr. Liat Kelin assisted Dr. Ken Lamata and Dr. Rei Kashiyama in performing the surgeries for Samoa. Both Veterinarians are currently practicing in Australia and have spent their own time and money to travel to Samoa to assist with the clinics.
Along with Dr. Todd and Dr. Kelin came Charlie Jennings, an experienced carpenter and roofer, who lead the renovation efforts of the A.P.S. clinic in Vailima. With Charlie’s charitable leadership, the clinic has been successfully renovated and heavily cleaned out to better suit the needs of the animals of Samoa. In addition to a proper medication store-room, the clinic now hosts a second consultation area for the local vets to utilize when helping patrons.
The three selfless expats have spent the past 3 weeks of their holiday in Samoa graciously giving back to the community of Upolu and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Members of the A.P.S. board gathered at Taumesina on Monday for a lovely evening of celebration to recognize their kind and selfless efforts while here on the island.
As a very generous ‘Thank you’ to the vets, The Taumesina Island Resort and General Manager, Nathan Buckner, picked up the tab for their dinners and even threw in a bottle of wine to help the celebrating. After receiving an entire night of wonderful service from the Food and Beverage Manager, Abraham of Taumesina, the three volunteers felt the warm Samoa Talofa that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.
The A.P.S. team is very grateful for the contributions from the trio, and hopes to see them back on the island in years to come. Check out next week’s edition of the howler for more details on the renovated A.P.S. clinic in Vailima!