Volunteer Opportunities on Hold Through 2021.
Throughout the past year, the necessity of working through pandemic challenges and restrictions has led to new ways of supporting our community partners remotely while fostering local resources and new projects to build local animal care capacity and form the foundation of ongoing, sustainable local services. Since the start of the pandemic, our Community Animal Care Projects have provided wellness and emergency care for more than 8,000 animals and distributed more than 1.6 million pounds of pet food and supplies to meet urgent needs and keep animals healthy and in their homes. We also continue to meet virtually with students and professionals to share information and resources on field medicine and access to care issues, engaging more than 1,800 veterinary professionals and students in the past 18 months.
While we continue this important and rewarding community support work, we are eager to reconnect with our amazing volunteers and return to the field to provide direct care clinics and student learning opportunities. We are currently planning targeted wellness and surgery clinics with small teams of staff and known regional volunteers for those communities who can safely host us through late summer and fall. These clinics are all fully staffed at this time and we do not anticipate any additional volunteer opportunities for 2021.
As always, the health and safety of community members and volunteers will be at the forefront of our planning process now and throughout 2022. Our goal is to resume our more traditional teaching clinics next year and we hope you’ll keep RAVS in mind when dreaming up your next adventure! Please check back here and visit our Facebook page for updates on clinics scheduling and volunteer opportunities. Be safe and stay well. We’ll see you in the field soon.