In addition to the clinic, an education program is run in conjunction with the vet clinics. The program includes presentations to local schools and hotels to highlight the benefits of spaying/neutering domestic animals, and providing advice on the appropriate care of pets. Many of the children are also keen to observe the vets at work and volunteer to help by collecting dogs off the streets that might not have owners and bringing them to the clinic. The vets love any opportunity to educate children about the potential negative impacts of domestic animals on sea turtles and other endangered wildlife within Tortuguero National Park.
The clinic program has received generous donations from individuals, businesses and communities that have witnessed first hand the damage caused when a dog digs up a turtle nest. The future of the clinic program is dependent on the continued goodwill of our current supporters and new funding sources. STC will continue to be a part of this initiative as it is having a positive impact on the welfare of the domestic animals in Tortuguero which is beneficial to the survival of the region’s sea turtle populations.