Stanwood vet's love for animals takes him all the way to Kenya


by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

STANWOOD, Wash. - Dr. Dan Haskins treats his patients with the greatest of care. But his passion for animals goes beyond his clinic in Stanwood.

It stretches all the way to a village in western Kenya, where he helps farmers whose animals are often their lifeline.

“If their animals aren't healthy and they're not properly cared for, we see that their families tend to suffer even greater depths of poverty than what they're already in,” he said.

As part of a project in connection with Christian Veterinary Mission, Haskins spends time in Kisii, teaching people how to grow their crops and raise their livestock.

“When he would tell us about it, I just thought this was something that I could do, even though I was a mortgage broker,” said Ric Shallow, who joined Haskins' group on a mission last year and is going back again.

“Besides just vaccinating animals, we were showing them how to compost, how to organic garden, how to take care of their chickens,” he said.

On this trip they're bringing $20,000 to build a new school for these children. The money was raised with the help of Haskin's Stanwood church and a matching donation.

A trip like this is privately funded and can cost about $2500.

Haskins says there's a reason he doesn't just send money to Kenya.

“One of the benefits that I see is the amount of hope and encouragement that these people have from others that have traveled half way around the world to show interest in their project and their livelihood,” he said.

This is Haskin's third trip to Kenya. He leaves Thursday and will spend two weeks there