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spcaLA Hosts Sri Lankan Vets

» May 16, 2012

Los Angeles, CA -- In March 2011, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) flew to Sri Lanka to help animals and people in the still-devastated Tsunami zone.  This week, Sri Lanka comes to spcaLA.

Veterinarians from the Tsunami Animal-People Alliance (TAPA) of Sri Lanka have come to the US to learn spay/neuter surgical techniques that can be implemented in the tsunami zone of Sri Lanka.  The 2004 tsunami may no longer be headline news, but recovery in the hardest-hit areas will continue for years to come. And, while people in disaster areas work to stabilize themselves, pets, community animals and strays are left without access to basic veterinary care.

“spcaLA is honored to host TAPA,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President.  “We are proud that spcaLA’s 135 years of expertise can provide for the well-being of animals worldwide.”

Activities in Los Angeles include surgical demonstrations by spcaLA’s renowned Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan, DVM and other spcaLA professionals, a reception and presentation to the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) yesterday evening, as well as expert presentations, observations and a luncheon hosted by VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital today and more.

spcaLA’s Director of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Karen “Doc” Halligan, DVM and expert veterinary technician, Monique Matuska flew to Sri Lanka in March of 2011 to help TAPA spay/neuter and vaccinate a larger number of animals in their MASH-style field clinics.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ana Bustilloz at 323-730-5300 x252, 323-707-1271 cell or by email at abustilloz@spcaLA.com.

spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877.  There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA.  Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.