Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Beckmann and vet tech Katie Griffeth have been a team for a while now — the pair has performed thousands of spay and neuter surgeries in the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter’s low-cost spay/neuter facility over the past decade or so, and recently, along with fellow shelter worker Linden Coder, they took their locally-used skills at reducing the companion animal pet overpopulation problems in this community a little farther afield.
In November, the trio traveled to Isla Mujeures off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, for a week-long free clinic to spay and neuter dogs and cats in the poor communities in that area.
It wasn’t Beckmann’s first trip.
She has volunteered at such clinics with the lead agency, Isla Animals, for about 10 years, after becoming acquainted with the organization’s leader, Allison Sawyer.
Surprisingly, most of the animals in these rural areas are “owned” or at least “neighborhood dogs and cats” who are fed and cared for by the community at large.
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