2013 Pet Hero Award Winner - Teresa Meekins, DVM
Dr. Teri Meekins, DVM, is a woman with a mission. Not only is she concerned with the overpopulation of animals, she is passionate about creating a solution to the problem.
Teri grew up on Long Island, one of five children. Early on, her parents discovered that she would rescue any abandoned animal and give it safe haven. Teri started her career in fashion design though found herself being drawn back to the care of animals. She pursued her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology before ultimately deciding to go on to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Long Island University, Southampton Campus. It was during this time that she recognized her desire to do more and ultimately became a licensed Veterinarian with a distinct goal in mind. That goal was to reduce animal overpopulation through enacting successful spay/neuter programs thereby lowering the high euthanasia rates in the U.S.
Active as a veterinarian for the past fourteen years, thirteen of those as an associate at Shinnecock Animal Hospital in Hampton Bays, she spends countless hours volunteering for other veterinary programs. These include being on the board of The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center of the Hampton's, the TNR (trap, neuter release feral cat program) in Long Island and Queens, Glen Cove's Animal Lovers League, and the Long Island Cat and Kitten Solution (LICKS) mobile spay/neuter van. Dr. Meekins’ innovative programs utilizing local veterinary clinics for spay/neuter have proven to be highly successful. Her compassion is endless and her need to educate the public is unparalleled.
In her “spare time” Dr. Meekins began volunteering ten years ago at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation doing numerous tasks. Walking the dogs, coordinating doggie playgroups, and performing spay and neuter surgeries are just a few of the contributions she gives to the Southampton group. Teri is called their most treasured volunteer and is currently the director of their cat department. Promoting adoption of these animals she so lovingly cares for is a top priority, as well.
Though she is deemed a foster failure, sharing her life with eight rescue cats, five rescue dogs, and two rabbits, her work has shown that truly she is a hero for animals. The Pet Philanthropy Circle applauds this amazing woman and we share in her determination to make a difference.
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