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Birthday Spent Aiding Helpless Animals

What better way to spend your birthday than aiding a helpless animal. Julie Seidman was doing just that on her birthday on Sunday, December 5.
07 Jan 2020 15:11
Birthday Spent Aiding Helpless Animals
Children in Taveuni comforting their pet after its procedure. Photo: Taveuni Animal Lovers

What better way to spend your birthday than aiding a helpless animal. Julie Seidman was doing just that on her birthday on Sunday, December 5.

Ms Seidman is a logistic Coordinator for Taveuni Animal Lovers.

It is a nonprofit animal charity which promotes the health of Taveuni’s animals through a programme of education and desexing.

Their services include finding homes for homeless animals, teaching villagers basic animal husbandry, instilling the importance of good nutrition, worm and flea treatment plus the ongoing promotion of “One World One Health”. Healthier animals = healthier communities.

Ms Seidman said a villager called her crying about her dog being knifed on Sunday.

“So we spent Sunday morning (my birthday) giving aid to another cane knife victim,” she said.

Ms Seidman said their charity goal was to eliminate all stray animals in the most humane way.

“Until everyone gets their female dogs and cats spayed, animal cruelty cannot be eliminated.

“A major part of our mission is to supply desexing to remote villages and settlements in Taveuni that do not have access to veterinary services either due to transport or expense.

“We encourage the villagers to observe the desexing operation and promote scientific interest with the use of portable microscope to view parasites removed from their animals.”

They also read to children in the villages with topics of animal welfare.

“Education is the precursor to all of our missions.”

Their organisation recruit volunteer vets and vet nurses to supply professional services which are exclusively funded by donations.

Background

In 2012, Ms Seidman started living part-time on Taveuni.

She is from California in the United States of America.

With her vet nurse background, she recognised the out of control stray animal problem.

“I’ve helped charities from Australia and Viti Levu, but recognised Taveuni, being the 3rd largest island, needed its own charity for animals,” she said.

Challenges

“We face the unfortunate practices of poisoning animals, disposing of all female born, and the cane knife victims,” Mrs Seidman said.

“In time, when the breeding declines due to females being sterilised, the perceived need for these cruel practices will subside.”

Advice

Animals add quality to our lives in so many ways, she said.

“They rely on us, and should be treated with kindness and compassion.

“They have a central nervous system just like us, and can feel pain, thirst, and hunger as we do.”

Taveuni Animal Lover can be contacted through their Facebook page or mobile from 7am to 5pm daily.

A bus stop on Taveuni Island was turned into a clinic centre to treat animals nearby. Photo: Taveuni Animal Lovers

A bus stop on Taveuni Island was turned into a clinic centre to treat animals nearby.
Photo: Taveuni Animal Lovers

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