Big Corn Island Veterinary Expedition
In February 2016, we traveled down to Big Corn Island - a small, tropical island off the coast of Nicaragua for the first time. We went there because it is an island of approximately 6,000 people, hundreds of pets, and NO veterinary care! Our goal was to help to bring veterinary medicine to the people and their pets, and we did just that! After our initial trip, we knew we couldn't go just once...so we went again in January 2017, January 2018, and February 2020! We were unfortunately unable to travel in 2019 due to political unrest in Nicaragua and in 2021 due to the Corona Virus pandemic. But will are hoping to travel again in January 2022 and are already looking towards our next trip. Our goal is to help them as much as we can annually, but to also work with the local people to find a way to help them become self-sustainable.
In 2016, we held a clinic for 4 days, and were able to spay/neuter approximately 80 pets, and vaccinate over 300!!
In 2017, we did a second clinic for 4 days, and were able to spay/neuter approximately 75 pets, and vaccinate about 450!!!
In 2018, we did a third clinic for 4 days, and were able to spay/neuter approximately 100 pets, and vaccinate over 500 dogs (unfortunately there were no cat vaccines available in Nicaragua at that time.) We feel strongly about education, spent a lot of time educating about fleas, ticks, and heartworm disease!
In 2020, we did our fourth clinic for 4 days, and were able to spay/neuter 129 pets, and vaccinate 559 dogs and cats!
Though we did a lot - the need is so much greater. We promised the people of this island we would be back, and how could we not go back? They still need our help, and we want and need to help them! We still plan on sending supplies and doing as much as possible from here in the US this year.