While staying at our campsite in Botswana, I met a group of Europeans that had been volunteering at the local animal clinic. I told them how I’m a certified veterinary nurse back home, so they invited me to volunteer with their furry friends for the day. 🐶 🐕
MAWS (Maun Animal Welfare Society) provides free veterinary services to low-income villagers across Botswana. Their clinic relies heavily on donations, and on the help of both long and short-term veterinary volunteers to work at the clinic. They have on-site accommodation for volunteers- a cute house with a kitchen, WiFi and on-suite bathroom.
Their facility is absolutely impeccable, and their stock of veterinary supplies is enough to provide adequate veterinary care for a wide-array of medical conditions. The facility itself has dog runs to house the recovering animals, which is kept up very well. During my time at the charity clinic, I was able to see an animal with a ruptured tumor. The dog had been scratching at the mass, so we were able to apply some healing cream and wrap the growth to protect it. The dog looked so lovely and proud with her red sash that we gave her the pageant nickname, ‘Ms. MAWS 2017.’ 😛We also saw an incredibly anorexic dog with a lame leg. Optimistically, she was more than eager to eat, so we started feeding her small, frequent meals of high-calorie dog food. I was also able to play with three puppies that were recovering from Parvovirus.They’re obviously feeling a lot better now. 😀The most adorable case of the day was this giddy little puppy that had been previously treated for anorexia and lethargy. Now he is full of energy with a tiny little potbelly.
Overall, if you have the time and are interested in volunteering with MAWS, feel free to follow the link below and contact them. They are more than interested in veterinary volunteers, as well as, all animal lovers that are willing to provide a helping hand. 🙂