Vet’s year off spent caring for animals…

A new senior veterinarian at the Esther Honey Foundation (EHF) clinic hails all the way from Poland, in Eastern Europe

Planning to spend at least six months volunteering in Rarotonga, Alex Liska spent the last six months working voluntarily in Thailand; a place she says cannot be compared in any way with the Cook Islands as far as animal care is concerned.

“In Thailand, the state of animal welfare was a lot worse. We only had basic medications to work with.

“Everywhere you go in Thailand you see sick dogs. I mean you see sick and homeless people, but the amount of stray and sick animals is huge. Rarotonga can’t be compared to Thailand.”

When she was interviewed for CI News, Liska had only been in the country for 10 days and hadn’t seen all that the Cook Islands had to offer. She also hadn’t had time to observe the issues concerning roaming dogs, malnourished animals or other animal welfare cases in comparison with what she saw in Thailand.

She happened upon the Esther Honey Foundation on Facebook some years ago, later deciding she would like to spend a year volunteering her services in foreign countries.

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