Taiwanese veterinarians deliver big help to controlling Guam's stray animals problem
Ten veterinarians from Taiwan have arrived on Guam to help with the island’s stray dogs and cats issue.
It’s an event two years in the making as ten volunteer veterinarians from Taiwan's National Chung-Hsing University have arrived on Guam to help with the Spay & Neuter Island Pets program (SNIP). The SNIP Community Clinic kick-off will be held at the Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office from August 4-15 and will only be open on weekdays.
Territorial veterinarian Dr. Mariana Turner told KUAM News, "To be able to have all these veterinarians come in and get a head start on everything is really going to be phenomenal to help us actually make that difference right out the gate. So they’re plan is to do 400 animals with their eight surgery days. That’s 50 pets a day, so that’s going to be quite a phenomenal task but it’s really going to knock down that waiting list."
The volunteer veterinarians are led by Dr. Pinchen Liu. Dr. Turner detailed the experience the ten volunteer bring to the table, saying, "Some of them are actually faculty members there, which is really great because we have veterinary true professionals that are teaching other professionals. And then we do have some less-experienced veterinarians that are really looking to expand their knowledge, and they’re really there to support the faculty so that they’re learning with as much hands on as possible."
In addition to the off-island vets, local veterinarians will also be helping out with the SNIP program. Spay and and neutering services will also be provided at the Dr. Lynn Raulerson Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Guam Animals In Need shelter in Yigo for four to five days per week. The volunteer veterinarians will also spend two weeks conducting free spaying and neutering services with the Mayor's Council of Guam.