Today we were honoured by a visit in our clinic by His Excellency Mr. Joop Nijssen, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, accompanied by Miss Ilse Kramer. This gave us a welcome opportunity to show them around and introduce the work that is done by our very dedicated staff and volunteers. Happy Paws Clinic neuters/spays, depending on the prevailing weather, approximately 15 stray cats a day, and provides the feeders of stray colonies and cat sanctuaries, a professional veterinary clinic, where their wards receive free neutering, medical care and medication against cost price. The same applies to the sanctuaries of stray dogs, in a joint effort over the last 8 years we have managed to reduce the amount of stray dogs roaming free, dramatically. Our new Dutch Veterinary Surgeon, Drs. Pauline Gaasbeek, started work last month, and is full of ideas how to extend our services to the stray community in general. She is also a welcome addition to our team, as the Dutch ex’pets’ can now explain their aches and pains in their native language.