Galapagos Week 2 !
San Cristobal - Our team is on week two of our 2017 Galapagos sterilization and vaccination campaign. We packed up on Saturday and boarded a boat with all of our gear to head to the smaller, less populated island of San Cristobal. The seas were rough and put our Animal Warriors through the ringer. Once our feet were back on dry land, however, everyone was ready to go.
Our clinic is close to town and turnout for our free service has been steady, with a nice mix of cats and dogs being brought in by their owners for surgery. Once again Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad para Galápagos "ABG" is offering free dog vaccines in conjunction with our sterilization campaign. It has truly been a pleasure to work with them and they have become trusted partners of ours on the Galapagos islands.
Our trapping team is also continuing to work with ABG to implement targeted, community-based sterilization for cats on the island, funded by our partners at Alley Cat Allies.
Although a two-week campaign can be challenging, it's a long time to be away from home, this group of volunteers has taken everything in stride and, as happens on most campaigns, everyone has become a family. The team has taken an especially strong liking to some of the local cuisine, gathering each night over empanadas, grilled langoustine and a few well-earned, local beers. The quiet charm of San Cristobal has provided an excellent backdrop not only for a MASH campaign, but for the opportunity to connect as a team, enjoy time with old friends and form new and long-lasting friendships.