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    Posted June 3, 2010 by
    Loreto, Mexico
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    My volunteer vacation

    World Vets: Loreto, Mexico


    When I was 19, I decided to travel alone for the first time. I flew From New Hampshire to Mexico where I met up with a group of strangers working with World Vets. Together, we spent one week spaying and neuturing hundreds of cats and dogs (and one hamster), while educating the locals about proper animal care.  There were the sad moments when we would have to euthanize litters of puppies due to the overpopulation of street animals.  While I promised my parents I would not bring home an animal, when a litter of 3 puppies came in to be euthanized, I made the call to my dad, "Please, can I bring a puppy home?" Exactly two years to the day later, I have a happy, healthy, way too smart for her own good "Mexican Street Dog" named Lucy; she was named after one of the founders of the clinic we worked at in Loreto.  Overall, 3 puppies and 2 kittens were brought back to the US to start new lives.  The accomodations were wonderful, the experience was unforgettable.  My trip with World Vets was life changing, and not a single initial coversation with friends, employers, or coworkers goes by without this story being told.  I am still in contact with a few of the people I met on the trip, and I have a constant reminder of it in Lucy.  I would highly recommend a trip with World Vets to absolutely anyone looking to relax yet make a difference.

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