The final day of our clinic in American Samoa was amazing. As is typical, the last day ran the smoothest as the team has had 5 days to become comfortable working together. The trapping team had cats waiting for the team and the clinic was set up in an open air gymnasium at a local school. It was an ideal setup, with plenty of space, plenty of shade and tons of support from the local community.
We fixed 54 cats, bringing our 6 day total to 241!! The Department of Agriculture, lead by Dr. Kristen Jensen, worked alongside us all week and they were able to fix 120 dogs!
We are so proud of our team and the work that has been done on the island this week. We know that we have made an immediate impact on the lives of many local animals and people. But, we know that the true, lasting impact is always made by those who continue the work when we fly out. We can’t give enough thanks to Mona and Nick King from Alofa Mo Maeola who were the most gracious hosts we have ever had. They worked tirelessly to make sure that we had everything we needed, not to mention the months of work that they put in to coordinate logistics prior to our arrival.
Thanks to the National Park Service who helped us trap cats and helped out in the clinic as well.
And, of course a huge thanks to Alley Cat Allies for providing us with the funding and support to allow us to come and work on this beautiful island.