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Two animal welfare organisations were called in to help after a marine working at a US base in Rustavi, near Tbilisi, Georgia, reported 18 stray dogs and puppies in the area.

Mayhew International and Dog Organisation Georgia (DOG) stepped in to help provide veterinarian care and support. Under Mayhew’s sponsored Trap Vaccinate Neuter Release programme (TVNR), the dogs were brought to New Vet Clinic in Tbilisi, where Mayhew trained vets, Dr Dato and Dr Ana, gave vet checks, vaccinations, parasite treatments and neutered several animals.

US marine base in Rustavi with one of the stray puppies

Over two days, the marines helped bring the dogs to the clinic and take them back to the base, where they continue to live happily. While the current marine contingent will soon be heading home, a new one will arrive and can continue caring for the dogs. They will also be able to contact DOG and Mayhew International with any questions or issues.

Dr Ana with some of the puppies at New Vet Clinic in Tbilisi

Dr Ana, at New Vet Clinic, said, “Dato and I are delighted and proud to be helping DOG and Mayhew as it is very important to control the stray population and help animals in need.

“With DOG, Mayhew and the Free Agrarian University Clinic, we are part of this big plan that needs to be achieved. I am sure one day I will find myself walking in the street proud, as I will be seeing with my own eyes how much we have all contributed.”

Some of the puppies found around the marine base

Dr Dato, added, “I am grateful that DOG and Mayhew exist because they are first of all thinking about welfare of the population, and then everything else. I think it is also the only programme in Georgia that provides the complex vaccination against different infectious diseases as well as rabies, which is amazing and proves again that it’s for the animals first of all!”

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