Animal Balance – International
Animal Balance is a non-profit organization combined with Volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants and helpers come together to create MASH-style ‘Mobile Animal Sterilization Clinics’ on islands around the world. Emma Clifford, Founder and Director. Animal Balance’s current efforts: Samoa, American Samoa, Equador Galapagos and Dominican Republic.
Ark Sciences is a social entrepreneurship venture. We believe in combining social impact and investor returns. Ark Sciences’ goal is to dramatically reduce pet euthanasia in the US, help control roaming dog populations globally, and to provide humane alternatives for farm animal castrations.
Ark Sciences is the maker of Zeuterin™, a Zinc Gluconate with L-Arginine compound that sterilizes the animals with just one injection in each testicle. The effects are permanent and reliable. And, most importantly, virtually painless. Dr. Byron Maas is a certified trainer in the use of Zeuterin™.
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.
What is animal welfare? Animal welfare means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling and humane slaughter. Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment.
Visit the AVMA website.
Bend Spay Neuter Project
“Bend Spay Neuter welcomes back Dr. Byron Maas to the project as Medical Director and surgeon. Byron left private practice in 2005 to establish the Bend Spay and Neuter Project with Sara Dice after many late nights and weekends, performing surgeries and volunteering to help the growing feral cat population in Central Oregon. After hundreds of sterilization procedures it was apparent that the Bend Spay and Neuter clinic was needed. He has been practicing for nearly 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery. Previously dubbed the “King of Spay” (Animal Affairs Journal 2006) Byron is passionate about population control in companion animals worldwide. He started the surgical practice at the Humane Society of Central Oregon and the mobile SNIP clinic serving the greater Central Oregon region, volunteered a year in the South Pacific Island Nation of the Cook Islands commencing the Ester Honey Foundation Clinic in Rarotonga and volunteers regularly in developing nations to provide veterinary care. Dr. Maas owns Bend Veterinary Clinic providing small companion animal care for the High Desert Museum and the animals at Chimps Inc. in Tumalo. He is a huge asset to our clinic and our community.”
*quote from Bend Spay Neuter website
Ester Honey Foundation – International
“We made history here in the Cook Islands with the introduction of the gas anesthesia machine. It is the first time a device of this type has been used on animals in Rarotonga and certainly any of the developing countries of the Pacific… So we can be proud of providing the island people with the country’s only domestic animal facility as well as the safest anesthetic they have ever seen.”
–Dr. Byron Maas, October 6, 1995 *quote from Ester Honey Foundation website
High Desert Museum – Bend Oregon
“The nationally acclaimed High Desert Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert’s wildlife, culture, art and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region’s natural and cultural heritage.” Dr. Maas, Museum’s DVM.
High Desert Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (HDWRR)
Our primary goal is to help wildlife in need in the High Desert Central Oregon region. We care for all songbirds, birds of prey, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife in distress is an EMERGENCY and we are here to help, 24/7. We are also available to humanely help with “urban wildlife conflicts”.
Visit the High Desert Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (HDWRR) website and HDWRR Facebook page
IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society)
“The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture, as an integral part of the total veterinary health care delivery system. The Society endeavors to establish uniformly high standards of veterinary acupuncture through its educational programs and accreditation examination. IVAS seeks to integrate veterinary acupuncture and the practice of western veterinary science.”
Visit the IVAS website
OVMA (Oregon Veterinary Medical Association)
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association is a volunteer-driven organization with about 1,000 members. We are the only statewide veterinary association dedicated to the promotion of your profession and the protection of your professional interests as a veterinarian.
Visit the OVMA website
Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT) – Statewide
“Veterinary Disaster Response Team to assist local emergency managers care for animals in shelters that may have been injured or become stray due to a disaster. The Veterinary Response Team is made up of a select group of veterinarians and animal health technicians who are also members of OVERT. These team members have volunteered to respond anywhere in the state where animals are affected by natural and manmade disasters. The team members have been credentialed to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency requirement when deployed in an emergency situation.”
Trupanion™ – Pet Medical Insurance
With the advancements in veterinary medicine, veterinarians are now able to offer treatments for health conditions that were once considered fatal for most pets. But with these medical advancements come increased veterinary costs. These increased costs can put a burden usually exceeding the family’s budget, causing most families to make the heart breaking decision of putting a family pet down.
Trupanion™ provides affordable pet medical insurance coverage for cats and dogs who enroll between the ages of eight weeks and 14 years of age, and will insure them for their entire life.
Visit the Trupanion™ website