DARWIN ANIMAL DOCTORS INC

New York, NY   |  www.darwinanimaldoctors.org

Mission

To provide comprehensive veterinary care and humane education for the animals of developing countries and the Galapagos Islands. We're committed to saving animals, helping underserved communities, and protecting the Galapagos.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Tod Emko

Co-Founder

Andrea Gordon

Main address

PO Box 2044 Canal St. Station

New York, NY 10128 USA

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EIN

30-0590833

NTEE code info

Veterinary Services (D40)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Our programs

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Free Surgical Veterinary Teaching Hospital

At Darwin Animal Doctors, we believe all animals deserve access to vet care. Our veterinarians and support staff are committed to giving our patients the best treatment – in the clinic or in the field. And we know that local people have the greatest ability to save the ecosystem longterm, so we train local Ecuadorian vet students and vet techs free of charge. Our emergency medical services have saved thousands of animals, prevented countless unwanted litters, and improved the lives of animals who would otherwise have been left to suffer or die.

Population(s) Served

We began the Veterinary Hospital program in 2010 using US veterinary volunteers during a time when the local culture did not recognize when an animal needed medical care, and most of the locals did not understand the need for spay/neuter. DAD went door-to-door to educate local people on their animals and to find patients who needed care.

By 2012, we had done enough outreach to teach many locals how to recognize when their animals were in trouble. And the animals were in dire need of help. Our clinic reached maximum capacity every day by 7:30am (we opened at 8am). We did almost entirely emergency and sterilization surgeries. At that time, Ecuadorian vets began volunteering with us, including a vet who created the first series of municipal no-kill animal shelters in mainland Ecuador.

In 2014, we had 58 volunteers from 10 countries in 4 continents, and often had longterm student volunteers from Ecuador and Galapagos itself. And with over 2,000 patients (347 receiving sterilization) over half of our patients received preventative care!

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Number of animals with freedom from pain

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Related Program

Free Surgical Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Context Notes

Number of patients that we provided direct veterinary service to for free.

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

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There are 16 IUCN endangered or critically endangered species in the Galapagos Islands.

Number of disease tests conducted

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70 animals tested positive for invasive diseases to the Galapagos Islands.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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Humane Education Program

Context Notes

Community humane education events where we provide educational games for kids, free parasite treatments for animals, leash and collar giveaways, and have educational stations for caring for animals.

Number of animal sterilizations

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Related Program

Free Surgical Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Context Notes

Sterilizations performed to humanely limit domestic animal populations.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. To ensure all animals have access to veterinary care. We started working in the Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site because it was the place we could have the most impact for wildlife. Most developing countries are vastly underserved by veterinary services.

2. Shield wildlife from the impacts of domestic animals by humanely reducing the populations of domestic animals through sterilization, preventing the transmission of diseases and community education.

3. Improve animal welfare through humane education, both with communities and schools.

4. Create lasting solutions to the problem of lack of veterinary services by working with communities, governments and other partners to create programs that last, and that can ultimately be handed over to local communities.

1. Wildlife Shield program: Sterilization of domestic animals, disease testing and providing veterinary services directly to wildlife.

2. Creation of Veterinary Clinics: Permanent clinics providing free veterinary care within communities that do not have vets.

3. Teaching and training of vets in developing countries or people who want to provide veterinary services

4. Humane education to the community and to schools through fun and engaging comics and community events.

We have a full-time, year-round clinic in the Galapagos Islands, and bring volunteer vets, techs and students to the clinic. The clinic has a disease testing laboratory with advanced diagnostic equipment.

We partner with the local government, National Park and other NGOs to have the most effective impact.

For humane education, we've developed a program to be used in Ecuador and elsewhere, and created a humane education graphic novel, A Piggy's Tale.

Our main clinic is in Santa Cruz, Galapagos. We have now created a successful model that we can take to other countries.

We would like to bring this model to as many places as possible to ensure all animals have access to life-saving veterinary care.

Financials

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DARWIN ANIMAL DOCTORS INC

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
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Board chair

Terry Stone

Jochem Lastdrager

Marlaine White