ABOUT 165 animals were spayed by a group of veterinarians from Canada and the Nadi Animal Clinic during a week-long campaign to rid of stray animals in the country.
The group which was in Narewa Village, Nadi on Thursday conducted surgeries on 36 dogs and cats at the village community hall.
According to the West Charity Society which operates Animal Fiji, 19 volunteers from the University of Cegep de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada performed free spaying, neutering and general animal welfare clinics at various villages and settlements in Lautoka and Nadi.
According to the organisation, the initiative was part of Animal Fiji's commitment to key goals of trying to reduce the epidemic of unwanted stray and diseased animals in the west and provide general animal welfare services to those in rural areas.
"With international research proving the only way of reducing stray animal populations being via spaying and neutering, Animal Fiji hopes this will be the first of several successful campaigns this year and with growing support and public education, these can be geographically extended in the future."
The team conducted a free clinic at Sabeto Village yesterday.
The visiting team from Canada will finish its two-week trip to Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands working at Tokoriki, Amanuca and Musket Cove on Malololailai.