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Useless Bay Animal Clinic

Jun 1, 2017

Dr. David Parent with a bald eagle.David Parent is the co-owner of Useless Bay Animal clinic in Freeland, Wash. We asked him why he supports Rabies Free Africa. 

We at Useless Bay Animal Clinic are committed to Rabies Free Africa. We can’t change the world, but we can tackle one disease at a time and rabies is a great place to allocate our resources. We can actually see the difference we make.

We contribute one dollar to Rabies Free Africa for each rabies vaccine we administer. We also have a donation jar (but not during Covid when clients aren’t allowed in the building) so clients can contribute on their own. Some are very generous and I get asked a lot of questions about the Rabies Free Africa program and why we participate.

I worked in lemur research in Madagascar and I was twice stalked at night by dogs I was sure had rabies. We worked in a very remote area and I heard of at least one child who died months after a dog bite. I also visited Kenya and discussed rabies with our friends who live in a village outside Nairobi. They had first-hand experience with the disease.

When I am not at the clinic I enjoy spending time with family and leading birding field trips. I get out into the mountains as often as possible for cross country hikes, mountaineering and enjoy backcountry telemark skiing wherever there is snow.