Thanks to Cambridge, New Zealand veterinarian Dr Richard Willis, his colleagues and Esther Honey Foundation volunteers, the animals now have a new lease of life.
Among the animals operated on were 12 cats, 13 dogs a goat and a pig.
Esther Honey Foundation manager Jo Taylor Kupu said the operations would not have been a successful one without two overseas experts.
She said the series of operations began last Wednesday and ended on Sunday.
“Last week we had Dr Richard Willis fly into Rarotonga from Cambridge in New Zealand and he bought along a colleague, Chris Wood, to do consultations,” Kupu said.
“One of the reasons we needed him here was that we had a backlog on major surgeries.
“For five days we didn’t stop here at Esther Honey and by the time he left on Sunday we had performed almost 30 major surgeries.”
She said the work hadn’t been easy, but clinic staff were thankful that all of the “patients” had done well.
“We amputated legs, we pinned legs, we removed abscesses and cancerous tumours, we removed a number of cats’ eyes, we splinted legs, bandaged, and X-rayed, we treated hematomas and by the time we came up for breath after 12-hour days we had saved 27 animals on our island.”
Most of the surgeries they conducted were on dogs that had been hit by cars, she said.
“Our dogs here are a little road-savvy but they still needguidance to help them become the stop, look left look right look left again concept that we apply to teaching children unfortunately doesn’t transfer over to dogs well. However, they can learn with the help of leashes and guidance.”
Kupu said staff had also had to sedate a pig that had badly injured its leg, and remove a tumour from a goat with cancer.