Community Animal Acupuncture LA (CAALA) wants to bring affordable high quality acupuncture to the animals of Los Angeles!! For those people with financial restrictions, but still want acupuncture for their animal companions, this is for you. We are offering a practical,  donation  based animal acupuncture healing experience in a community setting. This is about healing our animal companions, and bringing the community  together in order to foster an environment in which true healing can take place.   As ethical vegans we extend compassion and support to the human and animal community without exception. Join us in this amazing healing revolution!!

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that developed in China over thousands of years. This is a natural, gentle healing modality that helps to move energy or 'Qi' (pronounced 'Chi') through the body.  Disease results when this vital force does not flow freely.  Acupuncture helps to normalize this flow and assists  the body in restoring health.  Acupuncture can assist with pain management, immune support, appetite stimulation, musculoskeletal issues, gastrointestinal distress, systemic illness, anxiety, neurological disorders and helps to maintain wellness.  The 'Community' Acupuncture model is commonly found for humans, and is the traditional model still used in China today.  It is a lower cost option because multiple individuals are acupunctured in a communal/shared healing space allowing an efficient use of time and space.  However, this model has never been implemented for animals until now!

For those animals that are in pain and/or clinically ill, primary veterinary care is required. Acupuncture can help to support those cases, but we do not recommend acupuncture as the sole therapeutic modality. This community will be lead by vegan veterinarian, Debra Voulgaris, who lives in Santa Monica and practices at California Animal Rehabilitation (CARe) on Los Angeles.  In addition to her certification in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS-CVA), in canine rehabilitation (CCRP), and Tuina, Dr. Voulgaris has also completed a 3 year anesthesia residency through the University of Tennessee and a 1 year anesthesia internship through the University of Georgia. Her goal is to expose as many individuals to the benefits of acupuncture as possible, to offer a realistic option for humans trying to care for their animal companions holistically,  and to bring community together in the spirit of healing, compassion support and veganism.

Rules and suggestions: All animal companions must be on a leash/harness or in a carrier no exceptions. This is for their safety as well as the safety of others.  We ask that animals with aggression issues are not brought to community acupuncture as there will be animals and humans together in an open space and safety is primary. Also, for some animals, this can be stressful which is harmful to health. For many animals, especially cats, severe stress can be dangerous, so please do not bring animals that get stressed by travel, new environments or being around other animals. You will be asked to fill out a short basic medical history form about your animal family member, so please have information regarding their health status such as medical conditions, medications (including dosages), supplements, allergies, diet (including brand of food and amount). This will be supported by donations asked of clients.  Acupuncture sessions will be between 20-30 minutes on average, but will vary depending in the individual.

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