It was early in the morning when we pulled up to the office of the Mayor, in a village just south of La Entrada, near the town of Cabrera in the Dominican Republic. We had been granted permission to set up our MASH clinic in the carport. As we stepped out of the car, I felt a sense of panic rise in me. How would we ever set up a clinic here? There was a small covered area, a front lawn and a porch. This is impossible, I thought to myself. I was new at this, and still unfamiliar with the ingenuity and resiliency that the AB team is not only capable of, but known worldwide for. After a look around and some brainstorming with the team, we began to unload. Within an hour we had a fully functioning and efficient clinic set up. Seeing everything and everyone in action lifted my spirits and ignited my belief that anything is possible. That little carport clinic is still one of my favorite AB clinics that I have had the pleasure of being involved in, and something that I think about when I am stuck and need to draw on some inspiration. I think about how we pulled it off and, at the end of the day, it seemed like the clinic had just always been there. Sometimes we're in buildings with walls and plumbing, sometimes we're in carports, sometimes we're in the jungle (I'll tell you about that one later, think feral hogs and monsoons.) What is the same about each team is the determination and ability to make a situation work. What is the same about each location is that we ALWAYS transform it into a clinic that seems like it was meant to be there. I feel very lucky to be able to do this kind of work. On that day the impromptu carport clinic brought much needed spay/neuter to animals that had no access to veterinary care. Being able to be creative, think outside the box (carport,) and being able to roll with the punches allowed us to save lives, ignite social change and improve the lives of animals in that community." - Elsa Kohlbus, AB Communications Coordinator

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