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Having a Heart for Animals in Malawi
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Sarah Goos, Colorado City, was working at Pueblo Animal Services on Eagleridge as a Certified Vet Tech(CVT) when she helped a visiting veterinarian from Malawi, a landlocked nation in Southern Africa, perform surgery on a cat.

“He was trying to do the surgery the way we do and forgot one small step; and I showed him how we do that procedure in the United States,” she recalls.

That happenstance meeting opened the door for 28-year-old Goos to travel to Malawi, the third poorest country in the world, and help train CVT’s in a country with one of the highest rabies incidences in Africa.

“Dogs are running free everywhere and people live in mortal fear of them,” shared Goos. “People literally pick up rocks and stone dogs because they are so afraid they might have rabies.”

Malawi is 45,560 square miles, but Lake Malawi takes up about a third of that area. There are over 18 million people in the country. They struggle with low life expectancy and high infant mortality in a country that is 85% rural. In 2015 the country was hit by a massive flood that killed over 20,000 people.

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