Support the charitable work of a local firearm owner while helping animals in need

Over the past few years some good came from the gun control legislation attempted at the RI Statehouse. The firearms community was brought together for a common goal. We gathered together to protect our rights, and our community grew. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of new people, many of which I would now call my friends. During testimony there was one person with an unmistakable voice and delivery. Her name was Yelena. She came prepared with compelling testimony, strong knowledge of the issues and an amazing Russian accent.

10256766_730241110360613_2975588261689024211_oYelena bought her first gun in 2008, the same year she joined the Ocean State Pistol League as a member of the Stony Brook Pistol Team. She placed third in Tyro her first year. She continued with a second place in Sharshooters and a third place in Expert. She currently shoots in the Expert category. She is a member of Stony Brook Rod and Gun Club, and Manville Sportsmen Club. She has a permit to carry concealed, and a Curio and Relic license. I asked Yelena for a little bit about her firearms background and she responded “I love all guns, long and short, but have a soft spot for large pistols, so the most recent addition to my collection was Desert Eagle .50 AE.”

Yelena’s love for firearms is rivaled by her love for animals, and this is where she needs support.

The Nicaraguan Veterinary Project


Yelena plans a trip every year to provide free and low-cost veterinary care to small and large animals in Nicaragua. Her project is a very small (so far) non-profit organization helping animals in impoverished areas of Nicaragua. Founded in 2007,  Yelena Trubitsyna (now Poveda), an American veterinary technician, met Dr. Jorge Luis Betanco, a Nicaraguan vet student, dedicated to helping animals and their owners. The two decided to help each other to improve the lives of Nicaraguan pets and food animals. Currently, they provide various services for animals: preventative care, treatment, owner education, and surgery. Since 2014, with help of local and international volunteers, the project is now able to provide free spaying and neutering of small animals.

The project is continuously looking for financial contributions and veterinary products, such as medications, portable equipment, and so on. The project is NOT an official charity yet, meaning they are not registered, but they assure that 100% of your donation will be used toward helping animals in Nicaragua.

Please consider supporting the Nicaraguan Veterinary Project.

Donations can be made at the project’s GoFundMe webpage. More information about the project can be found on the Nicaraguan Veterinary Project Facebook Page