Utila Animal Rescue and Pet Care is a small non-profit veterinary animal care and rescue organization on the Utila island in Honduras.
The idea for Utila Animal Rescue began when Dr. Loretta Potts and her husband, Rodger Mehrer, visited Utila for the first time on a scuba diving vacation. They were not only struck by the beauty of the island, its magnificent reefs and its wonderful people, but also by the desperate need for care of the local animals.
There was no veterinarian on the island of Utila, and the starving, stray animal population was controlled only by poison placed in garbage cans. Unable to ignore the obvious need for humane animal control, Loretta and Rodger chose to return once a year to the bay island, and with the help of Jim and Kisty Engel of Utila Lodge, opened an annual Utila Animal Rescue week long spay and neuter clinic.
Utila Animal Rescue continued this practice until 2007, when the couple decided to retire and move to Utila permanently. The spay/neuter clinic thereafter operated once a week, and its success was soon noticed. This regular service, in addition to providing high quality veterinary care, greatly reduced the amount of stray and unwanted animals scavenging the streets of the island.
Loretta and Rodger are now a vital part of Utila life, and there is no islander, pet owner or not, who is not aware of their selfless hard work and dedication to the community.
With the over population of stray animals at bay, Utila Animal Rescue evolved into Utila Animal Rescue & Pet Care. With the help of donations and volunteers, free bi-monthly spay/neuter clinics are held, and numerous animal maladies are treated. Utila Animal Rescue & Pet Care remains free in order to keep the pet population of Utila under control, and the animals of Utila healthy and happy.
The pet services are free, but donations are welcome. High quality veterinary care is expensive to provide; much of the equipment and medicines are imported from the USA. Every cent donated goes directly to helping another Utila animal in need.
Thank you for helping our efforts with your donation.