My first week there, I was overwhelmed with how much this clinic depends on donations from around the world as well as the local community.  And the community generally responded gratefully with donations, hugs and pats on the back.  But there are always those one or two instances that fall outside the usual bell curve that stay with you.  Here are just a few:

The Good – Donating fresh bananas to the clinic

Ali approves your offering and will guard it with his one remaining ear

Ali approves your offering and will guard it with his one remaining ear

The Bad – stealing used flip flops outside of a charity clinic.

Ali believes in guarding bananas, not your stupid $30 name brand flip flops that you were dumb enough to buy in the first place

Ali believes in guarding bananas, not your stupid $30 name brand flip flops that you were dumb enough to buy in the first place

The Good – carefully selecting the perfect kitten to adopt

The Bad – then spotting a puppy and instantly ask “what about one of those, can we have one of those, too?”

The Good – donating $10 for having your animal treated at the clinic.

The Bad – berate the volunteer that the free charity clinic is too expensive.

The Good – bringing your children to to play with and socialize the puppies

The Bad – sneaking into the backyard to play with the puppies in the middle of the night

The Good – coming to visit your pet that has been hospitalized for weeks

The Bad – playing with the puppies instead of your hospitalized pet

The Good – puppies and kittens

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The Bad – puppies and kittens with explosive diarrhoea

Repeat offenders

Repeat offenders

These guys as well

These guys as well

The Good – using the services of the clinic for your pet’s health

The Bad – using the services of the clinic as a free pet boarding facility

The Good – Luxury resorts that allow the volunteers to use their facilities on our days off

A heartfelt thanks to Manuia Beach Resort for letting us come and unwind

A heartfelt thanks to Manuia Beach Resort for letting us come and unwind

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…and to Edgewater Resort & Spa for their hospitality as well

The Good – picking up hitchhikers because you instantly know it’s a volunteer

The Good – recognize volunteers in public and give us an update on your pet that we treated

The Good – taking time during your vacation to come walk the clinic dogs

The Good – watching a deliriously happy pet being taken home in a pillowcase held by a small child on the back of a scooter

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