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Islanders and Dr. Kendra Techeira at the Pine Island Animal Clinic after Hurricane Ian swept over the island. Photo provided by Trevor Singer

Trevor Singer, co-owner of Pine Island Animal Clinic, said he and his family decided to stay on Pine Island rather than evacuate for Hurricane Ian.

“We stayed because a lot of the owners of pets in our care informed us that they were staying because of their animals,” Singer said.

The day after the hurricane, Singer said, they were able to make their way to the clinic with a mobile medicine kit and began practicing what he described as “old fashioned medicine” out of a doctor’s bag on the front porch of the clinic.

“We had no power, we were operating in the heat. It was brutal. I don’t know who was more scared, the people or the animals,” Singer said.

This care went on for 16 days straight, he said, ceasing only when it looked as though his wife, Kendra Techeira, a doctor of veterinary medicine, might collapse herself.

An island couple with their dog at the Pine Island Animal Clinic after Hurricane Ian ravaged the island. The clinic sets up a shop outside to offer help to islanders with their pets. Photo provided by Trevor Singer

There were a few animals, he said, that were very sick and required euthanasia.

“We didn’t have any refrigeration for cadavers so we had to hand out lyme, and advise people to bury it accordingly,” Singer said.

Some people, he said, left their cats at home, believing mistakenly that they would come right back, which didn’t happen, leaving many of the cats still missing. Without the leaves on the trees to give them cover from predators, such as eagles and coyotes, Singer said he can only assume there are a lot fewer cats on the island at this point.

“It’s been harrowing for the community and the pets, but most of the pets who were lucky enough to make it through are OK,” Singer said.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) got in touch with the Pine Island Animal Clinic and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association assigned Dr. Techeira to be their eyes and ears on the ground, said Singer.

“The big problem was refrigerated medicine because we didn’t have a generator or the ability to hook one up. You’re very limited as to what you can do in a triage situation without power, or certain drugs. We are getting a lot of folks now who have unfortunately lost everything but their pets and their own lives. We’re taking care of them the best we can,” Singer said.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the Pine Island Animal Clinic at https://www.gofundme.com/f/pine-island-animal-clinic/donations

The clinic is located at 10290 Stringfellow Road, St. James City, FL 33956. For additional information about the clinic and its services, please call 239-283-1244.


By hadem