Animal Balance Needs Volunteers to Assist in the Galapagos Islands

If you've ever wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands AND help abandoned dogs and cats, here's your chance! Join Animal Balance at one of their...

Joy  |  Jun 26th 2006


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Help Cats And Dogs In Need

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands AND help abandoned dogs and cats, here’s your chance! Join Animal Balance at one of their M.A.S.H.- type spay events on those famous islands!

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OUR MISSION

Animal Balance works collaboratively with the local authorities, local NGO’s and most importantly the community of the Galapagos Islands to organize intensive sterilization programs for cats and dogs. Collectively, we humanely stabilize, then reduce and control the numbers of cats and dogs. To support this and create sustainability we coordinate public education campaigns aimed at teaching people how to humanely care for and control their pets. By reducing and controlling the cat and dog populations the community is healthier and the native species are protected, helping to conserve bio-diversity in the Galapagos.

Here’s how they do it…

History

The Galapagos Islands are home to one of the most famous and unique ecosystems in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, this Archipelago lies on the equator, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Humans arrived around 1535 bringing cats to control the mice and dogs to hunt. When they left these animals were abandoned on the islands.

The Problem
The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) states that non-native species, such as cats and dogs, are increasing in numbers and are impacting the native species. The local government and community are concerned about alleged health risks and business owners are concerned that large numbers of free roaming cats and dogs may impact tourism. Both would like cat and dog populations reduced and then managed.

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Animal Balance Has the Solution!

Animal Balance works collaboratively with the local authorities and the community to organize a trap, neuter and release program. Collectively, we will humanely stabilize, then reduce and control the numbers of cats and dogs.

If you interested in volunteering follow this link.