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Charity Champions: Carriacou Animal Hospital

Tue 5th Dec 2017

At WVS, we support over 200 charities in around 70 countries with parcels of medical supplies, treatment and equipment. In the run up to our 10th year of partnership, we caught up with Katherine Lupke from Carriacou Animal Hospital in Grenada to find out how much of an impact our support has had over the years!

Veterinary care for animals on the island was slim before Katherine and her team founded the hospital. The Grenada SPCA were overrun with outreach work and lacking in vet volunteers to treat injured animals. Katherine’s drive for setting up the hospital was sparked by one puppy. She found it needing help, but could not find any veterinary care or assistance in the area. This was a service clearly lacking in Carriacou, so from this, the hospital was born.

When WVS CEO Luke Gamble visited Carriacou in 2008 as part of the Vet Adventures TV series, our partnership with the animal hospital began! This relationship has blossomed over the years, with WVS sending parcels as well as teams of vets and vet nurses to help out with treating the island’s animals. Now, in 2017, over half of the Carriacou Animal Hospital volunteers are vets or vet nurses from WVS!

A day in the life of the Carriacou Animal Hospital team is a busy one! They now treat over 3,500 patients every year, and are the only domestic animal vet care in the area. They provide spay and neuter services to cats and dogs on the island, and run outreach clinics every Friday, but half their time is now taken up with emergency care.

During the weekly outreach clinics, the WVS parcels have proven invaluable for maintaining a healthy dog and cat population. Our parcels contain flea treatments and deworming tablets as well as other medication to help treat the animals on Carriacou, having a huge impact across the island. “Because we live on such a small island, it’s easy to see how much of a difference the parcels make,” Katherine explained.

One recent emergency case was a little puppy, called Mermaid, who had been hit by a car. Some local girls called the hospital and had even tried to put a bandage on its legs in an attempt to help before the team arrived. All four of its legs were damaged, with three broken, but the team knew they had to try to save this little dog’s life. After careful treatment and five long weeks of rehabilitation, Mermaid was back to full health, and has even been adopted to give her a second chance at life. Mermaid’s tale just shows the difference being made to the lives of that animals and community of Carriacou, and WVS are proud to be a part of it!

What is even more amazing, is how the community assist the hospital. The girls who found Mermaid are now regular helpers, often finding injured animals and calling the team to help! “It just makes my day,” Katherine said.

WVS are pleased to be able to support Carriacou Animal Hospital and other charities like them all over the world. But we can only do this with the help of our kind supporters. You can help send a parcel to an animal charity by donating or fundraising for our Christmas Parcel Appeal. Click here for more information on how you can give a gift to animals in need this festive season.