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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...

Animal Balance Ambassador Program

Can't make it on a trip but still want to help?Represent Animal Balance in your hometown by becoming and Animal Balance Ambassador! The Animal Balance Ambassador program provides volunteers with a chance to help raise funds to help the AB team attend continuing education events, present at and attend national and international animal welfare conferences and help to cover the everyday costs of running a non-profit organization.What is the AB...

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...

Hilo Beach Clean Up

Volunteering for Animal Balance comes with many perks. We’re doing great things for animals, making the world a better place, making new friends everywhere we go…the list goes on and on. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the perk of working primarily on islands, which means spending lots of time in close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There is no...

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...

Shelter Freedom

In this blog, I would like to talk about the US sheltering system.You might wonder why I have any right to speak to this as Animal Balance does not work on mainland USA. Simply stepping outside the US can provide you with a clearer view of what is occurring at home. We find ourselves humbled and we reevaluate our priorities. Our amazing volunteers come from every single part of the...

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...

Carla Naden

 I specialize in art gone wild, glitter, busted animals called love nuggets. I love traveling. Like my artwork, my history is just as varied, colorful, and completely unexpected. I started off...

Richard Wollocombe

Richard Wollocombe is an Emmy and RTS award winning and BAFTA nominated cameraman with fifteen years experience specializing in terrestrial and aquatic natural history filmmaking. His experience spans...

Consie Von Gontard

Consie von Gontard began her volunteer career in animal welfare in 2000. Consie has received Community Service Awards and Commendations for her international work in Mexico and the Bahamas. Most recently...

Dr. Susan Monger

Dr. Monger is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After 10 years in private practice she moved on to follow her true passion of providing...

Dr. Sandra Marilyn Cruz

Dr. Sandra Marilyn Cruz Bedon, has been a close partner to Animal Balance on the Galapagos Islands for many years.  She is a native Galapaganian and the first Executive Director of the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and...

Dr Julie Levy

"Efforts to control homeless animals by lethal means are typically frustrated by the remarkable ability of the survivors to repopulate, leading to a continuous cycle of killing and community opposition. Sterilization of...

Becky Robinson

“The most effective method to permanently reduce and then manage cat populations is through a community based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats and adoption of...

Saving Cats on Maui

Prior to 2015, the outlook for feral cats living on Maui was bleak. Although environmental conditions are ideal for supporting a prolific feline population, cats were considered a nuisance, and the cat population was managed using a singular technique, euthanasia.“I have worked for Maui Humane Society for almost 25 years,“ says Kelly Maguire, a Maui native and the leader in a movement to help bring humane, community based sterilization solutions...