Animal Warriors in American Samoa – October 2016
We currently have a team deployed in American Samoa, working with Alofa Mo Meaola (Love for Animals) the Department of Agriculture and the whole Samoan community. They are in the middle of an intense and targeted, community cat sterilization program. We are sharing the campaign news on our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnimalBalance/
Alley Cat Allies kindly funded this clinic, which is the first targeted cat clinic of its kind in American Samoa. Over the past 6 months, the 100 Tru-Catch cat traps and transfer cages were shipped down, in donated space available in containers of car tires. Everyone has worked tirelessly to create this clinic and now we are seeing incredible results come out of American Samoa; they are trapping around 50 cats most nights and systematically moving from village to village! The Department of Agriculture has joined forces with us and they are sterilizing the dogs at the clinic at the same time – amazing international teamwork!
Our volunteers are hard core; they are Animal Warriors! They traveled for 24 hours and then within hours of their arrival they met their partners, unpacked the supplies, set the clinic up in a pavilion and trapped the first cats. Kaboom! The days are long, hot, sweaty and it is demanding physical work, that often has harsh emotional elements to it. I really do have so much respect for every single person who participates in an Animal Balance campaign; you are pushed to your limit and your life is changed forever.
The Team is currently teaching the Park Service how to safely trap feral cats, deliver them to the clinic and return them to their territories. We all understand the challenges when working with predator and prey species, and rather than fight with one another over which is perceived as the more important species ‘to save’, we instead share our techniques and information and work together to protect all species in the most humane, efficient and logical manner. This has been Animal Balance’s approach since we started on the Galapagos Islands in 2004.