Dr. Hauser with her two dogs.

Pet overpopulation is a problem that plagues some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. In St. Thomas' only shelter, for example, there are over 2.5 times more pets than its capacity allows. This has driven recent efforts by veterinarians and pet adoption agencies all over the world to help.

In January 2014, Dr. Hauser (shown at right), Chief of Staff at Falmouth Animal Hospital, organized a team of veterinary volunteers to St. Thomas on a mission to help curb the population of stray cats and dogs. The Spay & Neuter event resulted in over 156 cats and dogs being treated! During this week-long trip, three days were devoted to surgery.

Dr. Hauser's team was comprised of veterinarians and technicians from Massachusetts that included Kelly Buckley, Hospital Manager, and Evan Franklin, Lead Veterinary Technician, as well as two veterinarians and a vet tech from the area.

As if that weren't enough, Dr. Hauser's team brought back to the United States one kitten and five dogs, which included two miniature poodle puppies (brothers) that were recently adopted by a loving local family. Read The Enterprise article, Falmouth Veterinary Team Visits Virgin Islands to Stem Animal Population Problems, to learn more about the St. Thomas Spay & Neuter mission and Dr. Hauser's humane work.

Dogs Bumble and Bee
Caitlyn Lyons, one of our vet techs, holds Bee (on left) and Bumble, the two poodle puppies brought back from St. Thomas. Thanks to The Enterprise article, they were both adopted by a really nice couple.