Animal Balance Blog

"This blog tells the story of our role 

on the planet as Animal Balance. It is our wish that through the work that we do, the experiences we have and the stories we share, we can connect with others, open up minds and, essentially, shake things up in order to move our collective direction forward. Our goal is to increase global love and compassion for all species, everywhere. Thank you for taking the time to read it." ~Emma 

Fix Kauai: Plans for 2019 Are Now Underway!

Mega-MASH Animal Balance has been working on the island of Kauai since 2017, providing free and affordable spay/neuter for cats and dogs. During our time there, we have observed a great need for free services for community cats in particular, and have working to meet that need through providing MASH style sterilization clinics. Our team recently returned from a two week campaign with clinics held in Kapa'a and Kilauea. These...

Trinidad Dream Blog

Animal Balance’s Dream to Serve Trinidad Finally Comes True Dr. Raymond Deonanan and I met at the international division of the HSUS EXPO in 2012. We quickly figured out that we felt the same way about equal rights for all species. Since then, Dr. Raymond has joined AB on campaigns all over the world from the Bahamas, to Maui, to the Galapagos, bringing his calm, peaceful demeanor to our clinics, while at...

Evolution of Isabela

Our Evolution on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador Luckily the seas are relatively calm as we travel from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz to Isabela with our entire medical team and our equipment. In previous years, the pacific swells have caused the little boats to be tossed around and the AB team has been rather green, to say the least. These boat rides have become a rite of passage into AB....

Emma’s Update from San Cristobal

San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, is famous for its sea lions, who come in each evening to sleep on the main beach. There are 100's upon 100's of them, all laying around at night, groaning, sneezing and spooning one another. In the daytime, the babies play while the adults look on, while the humans look on at them all, with giant smiles saying "awww." It is a place on the planet...

Nothing is Impossible! – Galapagos 

 I have been going to the Galapagos Islands for 13 years now. It is my second home. For most people, the sharks, giant rays, tiny penguins, blue footed boobies, flamingos, giant tortoises and pre-historic looking iguanas blow their mind and change them forever. It is not that I have become blasé about the amazing creatures who live there, not at all.I saw more animals on this trip that I have...

Barbuda – April 2018

 “We were laying on the floor of the living room holding onto one another as the entire house seemed to bend and shake around us. Our bodies were being pulled up by the wind, but we held on to one another. The noise was so loud, it was deafening, as it tossed around 40 feet shipping containers, like they were dice, destroying everything in their path. My cousin was still...

Sam of the Banyan Tree

In Hindu mythology, it is said that Krishna, the god of compassion, tenderness and love, rests on the leaves of a banyan tree. In the Phillipines, it is said that the banyan tree houses malevolent spirits. Other tales say that banyan trees represent eternal life, due to their seemingly unending expansion, with branches that drip down to the ground and seem to spring up again as roots, creating an entire...

Asia for Animals Conference: Kathmandu 2017 

Flying through the crazy Kathmandu traffic in thick dust after two days on a plane, with no idea what time zone my brain or body is on, we come to an abrupt stop. The taxi man tells us to get out. We do, and someone runs off with our bags. We head off in the same direction, trying to keep pace. Navigating a bustling market, a kaleidoscope of color, exotic...

Mo and the Mama Cat

 “There’s a guy in the clinic, I’m not sure what he wants. Can you go talk to him?” One of our volunteers gestures to an elderly man hovering over a group of cats that were trapped the night before at the local marina.I walk over to him as he’s pulling back the trap covers one by one. It’s clear he’s looking for something.“Hi, can I help you find something?” I...

Animal Warriors in American Samoa!

 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...