With only 3 days left to get the $5500 we need to lease the clinic building, we need YOUR help!
While our previous post was shared over 100 times, reached more than 12,000 people and had the highest engagement of any of our posts in all these years of rescue, we only managed to raise $400 towards the vet clinic from less than a dozen donors.
While we avoid showing pictures of horrible things happening to animals because we do not feel that it is necessary to constantly bombard the public with the scenes in order to help them understand and then actually DO something about the situation (as opposed to just sending us sad face emojis and comment on how “savage” Vietnamese people are). But we have no other way of helping you to understand the standards of veterinary care available currently in our region that motivate us to open our own international clinic.
Most of our social media followers are in English speaking countries because we no longer can afford our translator and we recognize that we will never be able to support the shelter on local donations. If you are in a country in which veterinarians regularly can actually help rather than harm animals, you cannot even begin to imagine the nightmare we have to live through where we live here in central Vietnam and the gross medical negligence that plagues the entire veterinary industry here. You simply will never get it and apparently no picture of standard practices or any blog post I write to explain the real experiences we’ve had at vets here will motivate people to ACT to create change rather than just express shock and disgust.
I know for certain that there are thousands of vets in Vietnam who are just mimicking what they were taught in university when they do these things, not actively trying to harm animals. Their professors did these things, or in the case of the Hue University, their dean and head of the clinic taught them these ways to “heal” animals even though it is by all definitions, just plain animal abuse. This has to change. These new vets need a model of high welfare and a way to diagnose and treat animals that will pull the veterinary industry here out of the 1950s.
After 7 years in Vietnam, I have seen many organizations and rescuers come and go and get disgusted and exhausted of watching the immense suffering and intentional abuse inflicted by both the general public and vets here. I can sympathise greatly with this because I, too, have completely lost all faith in our work and this country entirely many, many times. Watching the suffering day in and day out takes its toll on everyone whose eyes are open to it. Many tourists email us telling us how disgusted they are with the country for the horrendous treatment of animals here, and frankly, I don’t blame them.
But there is a solution to this and while education and rescue (often just hoarding…) seems like the most likely answer, it is just a tiny drop in the bucket compared to what a veterinary industry capable of mass sterilization can do for the animals here. Teaching kids not to kick puppies can only go so far when the solution is to NOT HAVE ANY MORE PUPPIES. Taking in all the suffering animals into an overcrowded facility run by inexperienced and overwhelmed rescuers is never going to be the answer because the need is too high and the vet capacity too low . If you want to end animal suffering, you want to stop the reproduction of domestic pets who are constantly ending up in the hands of ignorant or abusive owners, or on the streets where they suffer the wrath of the general public that treats them like rubbish.
If you think that picture of the animals tied up for fluids is torture, you haven’t heard a dog getting a Cesarean without anesthesia. You haven’t seen rows of sick animals in filthy cages chained up with no water, food, or bedding- all there to heal at a veterinary clinic. You have not had seen a vet smoke a cigarette with his surgical gloves on before doing a spay on a barely sedated dog. You have not watched a cat kick and scream while having his balls cut off. You have not been told your cat needs to come in daily to a filthy clinic for IV injections of an antibiotic we stopped used in the 1970s for a random “infection” when they just needed a damn dewormer to get rid of the huge mass of worms bloating their little body. You have not seen a vet pick up a cat by the face to move him from a table to cage. The cases of veterinary incompetence could go on for pages and pages. I have no end to these stories.
That tied down dog is the baseline of local veterinary care, but represents a much larger problem than you can imagine.
If a vet cannot even basically understand how to diagnose and treat an animal, vaccinate it properly, or sedate for a surgery with sterile instruments, how the hell do you expect us to use them for mass sterilization which is the ONLY ANSWER TO ENDING ANIMAL SUFFERING!?!
We need to start getting real and stop playing around with locals who are not trainable and don’t give a shit about ending animal suffering at all anyway. We need an international clinic. It starts with a building and will end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital investment for equipment, drugs and INTERNATIONAL veterinarians who can train new graduates to be good vets who heal. This is not an easy task and if it doesn’t give me a heart attack in the next year, I am guessing it will get me pretty damn close to one, but it will be worth it.
Please help us to get this clinic. We are so far off from our goal, struggling massively to just keep animals fed at the shelter, and need YOUR help to get true solutions back on the table.
Donate today to end animal suffering through LONG TERM strategies to develop the Vietnamese veterinary industries capacity to sterilize, diagnose and treat animals well.
Account name: Tran Tuyet Mai
Account No.: 0400 4638 4034
Bank name: Sacombank- chi nhánh Đà Nẵng.
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