‘Pet levrieri’s Vets without Frontiers’: a project by Pet levrieri – Would you like to help us?
Let’s help the refuges in Ireland and Spain by offering free veterinary care, medical supplies and equipment, clinical and diagnostic support, and assistance for sighthounds with complex illnesses.
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‘PET LEVRIERI VETS WITHOUT FRONTIERS’: A PROJECT BY PET LEVRIERI
What’s it about?
The Pet Levrieri project ‘Pet levrieri’s Vets Without Frontiers’ came out of the wish to give concrete, practical assistance to the refuges we collaborate with in Spain and Ireland, by providing support in a sensitive area such as that of veterinary care.
The project is structured on various levels:
- to sterilise the galgos to be adopted in Italy via Pet Levrieri, as well as other galgos and dogs present at the refuges;
- to carry out veterinary check-ups of the galgos to be adopted, and provide any necessary treatments or operations;
- to provide clinical and surgical diagnostic care in general to the dogs rescued by the refuges, for both galgos and other breeds;
- to supply the refuges with drugs and medical equipment;
- to carry out diagnostic and clinical check-ups to support the refuges;
- to commit to bringing to Italy dogs with health problems (especially those requiring complex surgical operations), to be cared for by Pet Levrieri until they are adopted.
The veterinary assistance is provided by a team of vets, coordinated by a Pet Levrieri representative. This team periodically visits the refuges and carries out diagnostic, clinical and surgical work on a voluntary basis.
This veterinary initiative is for the moment focussed exclusively on the refuges of the Scooby Protectora de Animales in Spain, with whom we collaborate, and who rescue and give sanctuary to hundreds and hundreds of galgos and podencos, as well as many other breeds of dogs and abandoned or confiscated animals of all kinds such as horses, cats, pigs, ponies, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, chickens, ferrets, etc.
The Scooby Protectora is in constant need of free veterinary support from vets from all over the world, due to the virtually permanent veterinary crisis they are experiencing. This is caused by both the extremely high number of dogs and animals living there as well as the difficulty in finding veterinary staff suited to the size of the Protectora and the scale of the duties required there.
The Irish refuges are also constantly in need of veterinary support, but in their case – given the different legal context and the way they are organised – we help them via donations in support of their veterinary expenses for the greyhounds and lurchers rescued.
All the other aspects of the veterinary project are indiscriminately aimed at all the refuges, whether Spanish or Irish.
The veterinary team is made up of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 people: 4 or 5 vets (of which at least 3 surgeons, and preferably one anaesthetist) and a veterinary nurse, plus a representative of Pet Levrieri (either a member of the Board of Directors or a member of the adoptions work team).
The ideal set-up we are aiming for is a team of 6, of which 4 veterinary surgeons, one anaesthetist and one nurse, accompanied by an associate member of Pet Levrieri.
The team is coordinated on the ground by vet and PL associate member Dr Carola Bassi, who is the veterinary representative for the project, or in her absence by another vet nominated for this task by the Board of Directors of Pet Levrieri.
The veterinary project offers those vets who take part in it the chance of a work experience on the front line of rescue under conditions which do not normally exist in our country or where they do, only in very different and less challenging contexts, from a legal and practical viewpoint.
In conditions such as those prevalent at the refuges of Scooby Protectora de Animales in Spain, it’s not just the immediate environment which is hostile, because in order to save as many dogs and animals as possible, even in the refuges living conditions are not always ideal.
We really believe in this project, which enables us to offer very important practical assistance to the refuges who work hard and fight every day to defend the galgos, podencos, greyhounds and lurchers that are exploited, abused and killed by the hunting and racing industries in Spain, Ireland and the UK.
So everyone’s help is much appreciated.
Any vets who would like to help are invited to send an email to [email protected] with
‘Pl’s Vets Without Frontiers’ in the subject box.
Members of the public can help by donating and adding ‘Pl’s Vets Without Frontiers’ in the subject box with their donation, and by participating in and supporting events and initiatives set up to promote the project.
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