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Controlling the dog and cat population around the country has not always proved to be very easy for municipalities but there are organizations that put their share of work into this. There is the Caulker Assisting Animals through Sterilization which has been operational since 2003. The nonprofit organization was first launched in Caye Caulker, hence its name. Through the organization, veterinarians come to Belize to offer their services to various communities across the country. In the past week they were in Corozal and Orange Walk Towns. Dalila Ical reports.

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Madie Collins – Founder/President – CAATS

“CAATS is all about controlling the population of animals because you know the more animals you have the more diseases, it is our culture that a lot of animals do not stay at home they get away and so you spread disease but when an animal is sterilized just like what we are doing here today males and females, cats and dogs, you sterilized them meaning you have the surgery and so they don’t have that feeling like they want to mate anymore and so the les animals that mate and the less animals get pregnant and less animals are on the streets and less suffering because the more animals come you can’t find homes for all of them and they end up on the streets so we bring these vets from all over from Canada and all parts of the United States.”

Maddie Collins, Founder and President of CAATS brought twelve veterinarian professionals this past week and focused their attention in Northern Belize. Collins says it is the second time they provide these services in Corozal but it was the first time in Orange Walk.

Madie Collins – Founder/President – CAATS

“Since we’ve done it before in Corozal we had a big turnout we end up sterilizing about 200 animals in the first two days.  Here since they were going to the Mayor’s office I really didn’t know how many but I am very surprised but so far we are like 40 people so it is great to be the first time doing it here it is nice for people to get their animals done here.”

All animals are treated with the utmost care and like with any surgery, Collins says pet owners are informed accordingly.


All animals are treated with the utmost care and like with any surgery, Collins says pet owners are informed accordingly.



Madie Collins – Founder/President – CAATS

“The person has to read that there is always risk involve in any surgery just like with  humans and animals are alike there is always risk involve but this people are trained veterinarians for years this is what they do so we make sure that the animals are fine but again we are not god we don’t know, this is not a hospital to do any kind of blood test to see the dog has something prior to coming here and even the owner they don’t know that so we really don’t know how the animals will react on the table that could have a disease or something that they would react negatively to the anesthesia but so far everything has been fine but we need the owners to know that.”

It has been over ten years that the organization has been assisting the community with these services and their work, says Collins, has brought about some good changes in how people care for their pets.

Madie Collins – Founder/President – CAATS

“I started this ten years ago and could see there is a big change, it takes a little bit of time for people to want to do things differently than what they use to do but I am very happy that I am seeing a lot of change even the kids, there was a kid that brought his dog on his own so that is a big change and that is nice to really see that they really want to take care of their animals, sometime is not because they don’t want but it is not there for them the services is not offered and I am sure it is pretty expensive and they cannot afford to take them to a vet.”

There are always some risks but those offering the services are trained professionals but above all, people who share a great love for animals, says Collins. The services were offered free of cost to the public. The vet clinics were organized and held in Orange Walk Town in collaboration with the Orange Walk Town Council.


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