Providing a Lifeline to Animals
& People Through Project Samana

Project Samana is a veterinary and education outreach program for the Dominican Republic. The program provides needed medical care for working and companion animals that are essential to the well-being of the people in the Dominican Republic. In addition to medical care, the project also empowers residents with education that teaches them better ways to care for their animals. Our very own Dr. Carrie McColgan is the president of this organization, and we gladly support her and the greater organization by sending team members on these outreach trips whenever possible.

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Helping People by Helping Their Animals

In the Dominican Republic, pack animals like horses, mules, and donkeys are an integral part of the local culture and everyday life, and they are intrinsically tied to the livelihood of the residents. They provide transportation, work opportunities, and even tourist attractions. The project began with an equine health care program because of the importance of these animals to the people of the Dominican Republic. The program today, however, has grown to include cats and dogs, which often act as companion animals to people, especially children. When all these animals thrive, the people thrive, too.

Services provided to donkeys, mules, and horses include:

  • Castration for stallions
  • Dental care (mouth and teeth diseases are a serious problem)
  • Lameness evaluations and treatment
  • Senior horse care
  • Wound care for injuries

Services provided to cats and dogs include:

  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Vaccinations (particularly rabies)
  • Treatment for parasites
  • Basic medical care for wounds or injuries
  • Donated collars and leashes for dogs
  • Post-surgical medication for at-home recovery

Educating the Community

Providing life-saving veterinary medicine is one central focus, but giving residents the knowledge to continue to care for their pets is just as important. Team Samana provides educational opportunities in several ways, including:

  • Educating residents about parasite control, basic first aid, nutrition, and animal husbandry
  • Sponsoring local animal health seminars in the community
  • Providing medical and surgical training to students and veterinarians from Dominican schools

If you want to learn more about this animal welfare organization, please visit, inquire at your next appointment, or simply give us a call at your convenience.