Our Connection to Project Samana
Our hospital director and veterinarian at our Stone Mountain location, Dr. Carrie McColgan, made her first journey with Project Samana in 2003, after graduating from veterinary school. She continued to be involved with the organization over the years, and in 2018, she became Project Samana’s president. All locations of The Village Vets now have close ties with Team Samana, and we send staff members with them every year.
How We Help Animals in Need
The main mission of Project Samana is treating animals in need, particularly the horses, donkeys, and mules that residents rely on so heavily in their everyday lives. These animals play a vital role in culture and well-being for their owners, so we focus our efforts heavily on them. However, the team also makes time to care for the cats and dogs of the Dominican Republic. Taking care of these companion animals not only helps residents develop deeper relationships with these animals; it also helps control the cat and dog population, which could have devastating impacts on natural wildlife if left to proliferate.
The services we offer to these animals include:
For horses, mules, and donkeys:
- Castration for stallions
- Dental care (mouth and tooth diseases are a serious problem)
- Lameness evaluations and treatment
- Senior horse care
- Wound care for injuries
For cats and dogs:
- Spay and neuter surgeries
- Vaccinations (particularly rabies)
- Treatment for parasites
- Basic medical care for wounds or injuries
- Donated collars and leashes for dogs
- Post-surgical medication for at-home recovery
Education for Residents
Project Samana makes animal care its priority both while we’re in the Dominican Republic and after we’ve gone. We take time to educate and empower the community to better care for their animals themselves. Healthier animals directly correlate to a better livelihood for people.
Our educational outreach programs include:
- Education for residents about parasite control, basic first aid, nutrition, and animal husbandry
- Sponsorship of local animal health seminars in the community
- Medical and surgical training to students and veterinarians from Dominican schools