Useless Bay Animal Clinic
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.
Garland Animal Clinic
Steve Boharski and April Weber, both DVM alumni from WSU, have owned Garland Animal Clinic in Spokane, WA since 1999. In 2017, they started supporting Rabies Free Africa with a $1 donation for each rabies vaccine administered at the clinic.
Why is being involved with Rabies Free Africa important to you?
It is important for us to give back to help with health issues across the world. We are blessed in this country to be able to do incredible medicine, surgery and preventative care on our pets. Our pets get better health care than many people in the world. Giving something back to the Rabies Free Africa is a small part of what we can do to improve health care throughout the world for pets and people.
How is your clinic involved with the program?
We give a direct contribution monthly depending on the number of rabies vaccines we give in the clinic. Each invoice has a note that a portion of the fee will be contributed to Rabies Free Africa. This helps engage client also.
What do you do when you are not at the clinic?
I enjoy almost all things outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Spending time with my family at the lake, skiing, fly fishing, hiking, bird hunting and travelling.
Anything else you would like to share?
If each of us find a way to give a little back, we will make the world a better, safer, and healthier place. Giving time, talent or treasure lets each of us contribute in some way. Programs like Rabies Free Africa allow us to affect lives across the world.
All Creatures Animal Hospital
Since 2016, Sig Nottingham, Coe Lindner and Eileen Lindner - all DVM alumni from WSU - have been giving $1 for every rabies vaccination administered at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. For Nottingham, it is just one of the many ways he can support human health from the veterinary half of medicine.
It’s also a way to back the One Health mission - the premise that human health is directly tied to the health of animals and the environment. “Sixty-thousand people die from rabies and it is preventable through mass-dog vaccination,” Nottingham said. “I have always thought human medicine could use veterinary medicine more than they do. This is a way for veterinarians to directly impact human health.”
Nottingham said veterinarians will always aid human health by identifying zoonotic diseases but combating those diseases is the next step. “It is a difficult time right now for everybody and some clinics are struggling but people can’t forget about the impact they can make,” he said.
Southcare Animal Medical Center
Greg Benoit, DVM, a 1990 Cougar alumnus and owner of the hospital, joined Rabies Free Africa in January 2017. The clinic has donated $1 for every rabies vaccination they've administered since. "When WSU's Dr. Guy Palmer first visited with me about the number of human deaths, mostly children, due to rabies I was shocked" Dr. Benoit said. "A completely preventable disease that we have known how to prevent since the 1880's. It definitely struck a chord with me and our entire staff, this was a mission we all could get behind. It is also a cause that resonates with our clients."
McMonigle Veterinary Hospital
Rob McMonigle, a 1998 Cougar alumnus and owner of the hospital, joined Rabies Free Africa in 2016. Since that time, the clinic has donated $1 for every rabies vaccination at the clinic, or about $400 to $500 every quarter when the vaccinations are tallied.
"It only takes about five minutes out of your practice manager's day to pull the numbers and post something on social media," McMonigle said. "It just makes sense. There's no real hard work involved and you have the potential to save a life."
In 2019, McMonigle Veterinary Hospital donated $1,754 to eliminate rabies in East Africa.
"I can put myself in their shoes in an instant and know the problem shouldn't exist," McMonigle said." Even though I haven't seen rabies firsthand, it's important to do something whether it's in our backyard or theirs.