Animal Balance is currently focused on 5 programs: Galapagos Islands, Cuba, American Samoa, the Big Island of Hawaii and Molokai.
In 2004, Animal Balance joined forces with the Galapagos National Park Service, the Municipality and the community to create a humane animal management program to protect all species of the islands, native and non-native. By 2008, over 80% of the cat and dog populations on Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana had been sterilized and people were provided with the tools and information to care for the animals as pets, as well as protecting the delicate native species. In 2014, Animal Balance and the Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad paraGalápagos (ABG) signed a 10-year agreement to maintain the program together. This program has been highly successful and today the cat and dog populations are humanely and efficiently managed.
In 2011, Animal Balance conducted a feasibility assessment in the city of Havana, Cuba and discovered that the conditions were favorable for a sterilization campaign. In 2013, we held a training for Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) and in February 2016 we returned to hold a MASH training clinic with the Department of the Historian and the Veterinary School of Havana. As of March 2016, we are signing an agreement with the Department of the Historian to design, create and implement a 5-year TNR program for Havana’s street cats and dogs. We will hold intensive, targeted TNR campaigns multiple times each year in partnership with Cuban veterinarians and Veterinary students until the cat and dog populations of Havana are under control.
In 2009, Animal Balance organized a feasibility assessment in American Samoa and returned to hold MASH campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Inspired by Animal Balance's MASH clinics, 2 community members created and NGO to focus on humane population reduction; Alofa Mo Meaola or Love for All Animals. Animal Balance continues to work with Alofa Mo Meaola and the Department of Agriculture to conduct MASH clinics, village by village until over 80% of the islands dogs and cats are sterilized.
In 2016, Animal Balance partnered with the Hawaii Island Humane Society to hold a high volume, high standard MASH clinic in the Hilo district. During the clinic we demonstrated to the local NGO's how to safely and efficiently hold high-volume clinics. We continue to work with the community to provide the tools that are needed to create a humane animal management program.