Two of the four Banfield hospitals in Puerto Rico remain open in the wake of Hurricane Maria in order to provide free care to pets on the island, according to a recent Banfield report. The hospitals’ teams have treated more than 2,000 pets to date, administering thousands of tests for zoonotic diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis and providing medications, heartworm prevention and flea and tick products for animals affected by the massive destruction resulting from the hurricane, which some sources have said will total $90 billion in monetary damage.
Banfield's charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, has donated $60,000 in disaster relief grants and $50,000 in medication to local non-Banfield veterinarians helping pets in remote areas, Banfield says.
Medications and vaccinations donated by the Banfield Foundation arrive at Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Local veterinarian Dr. Morales inspects the supplies for free veterinary clinics held in remote parts of the island.
More than $50,000 in medications and vaccinations donated by Banfield Foundation to the Miami Veterinary Foundation will be used in free veterinary clinics in remote parts of Puerto Rico.
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On October 29, residents and their pets lined up at a community preventive clinic in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, where two cases of leptospirosis were diagnosed. Banfield Foundation donated supplies and medications to the Miami Veterinary Foundation, such as rabies and leptospirosis vaccinations, antibiotics, flea and tick medication and heartworm prevention.
Manuel Jiménez, DVM, is one of seven doctors and 28 veterinary technicians who treated pets at the community preventive clinic organized by the Miami Veterinary Foundation.
Laila, one of the 450 pets that received free care at a community preventive care clinic in the neighborhood of Guajataca in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, poses for the camera.
Brithey waits in line to receive free care at the community preventive care clinic in the neighborhood of Guajataca in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico.
A Puerto Rican resident holds Sleepy close after the cat received care at the community preventive care clinic.
The Banfield Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to Save A Sato shelter in Puerto Rico to provide veterinary care and rebuild the shelter after Hurricane Maria. Local Banfield Pet Hospital associates visited the shelter to assess the medical needs of pets.
Cloe, one of the many pets at Save A Sato shelter in Puerto Rico, was transported to the United States to be adopted.
The Banfield Pet Hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was one of the first veterinary hospitals to open after Hurricane Maria, where residents lined up as early as 5 a.m. for pets to receive free care.
Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary technician Edwin Nieves-Puello, CVT, takes care of Bennet, one of more than 2,000 pets in Puerto Rico to receive free care at Banfield Pet Hospital after the hurricanes.
Banfield Pet Hospital associates in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, treat local pets like Cereza. Michelle Biello, DVM, and veterinary assistant Yanice Quiles smile with Cereza while owners Carmen Colon, Felix Rodriguez and Jeoliness Molina observe.