Mandala said: “We promote the idea that all lives are precious, and that our animals such as cats and dogs are ‘friends, not food.’By providing free veterinary care for our staff members’ pets, we send a message into the surrounding communities that dogs and cats are important and need routine medical care, just like humans.”
She continued, “In this way, our local staff members become pet welfare ambassadors in their communities, spreading the word about the importance of routine veterinary care. It’s a system we know works. That little puppy dying from parvo – the owner was a friend of a staff member. That’s how he knew where to find help. But we also see more cases of random people bringing in dogs they’ve found wounded in the street – usually from traffic accidents. We can see this respect for all life growing – regardless of whether they have an owner or not.”
In many developing countries like Vietnam, veterinary care is centered toward livestock and the concept of preventive care for dogs and cats is new.
For a little puppy growing up in Vietnam, it looked like the end had come far too soon. At just a few months old, the pup had come down with canine parvovirus, a deadly contagious disease with no cure…