VBB deployed to help animals in the Torres Strait

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Thursday Island animal welfare
Thursday Island resident and her dog.

Since veterinary services on Thursday Island are limited, Vets Beyond Borders are collaborating with the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) and with local island welfare group Thursday Island Animal Support Group (TIASG) to deliver vitally important veterinary care to the animals there.

Australian veterinary charity, Vets Beyond Borders, have played a key role in providing international animal welfare services to their partner organisations for almost two decades. They also work closely with established and highly regarded Australian welfare groups to address animal welfare needs closer to home. 

“We often find pet owners in remote communities have the best interests of their animals at heart, but don’t have ready access to emergency or routine veterinary services,” VBB CEO Dr Sally Colgan said. 

“At VBB we strive to address the immediate welfare needs of the animals our vets see, but we also recognise how important it is to implement preventative disease management strategies that will ensure good health is maintained long after we are gone.”

In September this year VBB volunteers worked with AWLQ and TIASG to treat over 130 animals in four days. 

“It was so encouraging to be welcomed by the community and to feel that our work was really needed and appreciated,” Dr Colgan said.

A new team of veterinary volunteers are gearing up to return to the Torres Strait Islands soon. The small team helps to provide affordable treatments, including desexing surgeries to the community’s animals in need. 

VBB’s work not only improves the lives of animals, but it’s a win for the community too, who want the best for their animals. VBB does not receive any government funding and is completely reliant on donations to deliver veterinary care to where it’s most needed. 

“It’s clear that there is a need for our veterinarians and veterinary nurses to help animals in need and thanks to all our amazing and generous supporters and volunteers who allow us to continue to deliver on these great projects,” Dr Colgan said.

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