Pet Care For All
With health care costs going through the roof for both humans and animals, a local group of pet lovers is trying to help make vet costs nonexistent for those that need it most.
Now, local veterinarians are donating their services to homeless and underprivileged pet owners. Organizers say mange, scabies, and other conditions are treatable, but if you can't afford adequate pet care, it turns into an even bigger problem.
So organizers are offering primary vet care for free. They've teamed up with the Saint Francis House and started an outreach program that treats animals. They provide everything from regular checkups, to rabies vaccinations, to counseling on pet ownership. Organizers say often times, people take better care of their pets than themselves. They say sometimes homeless people choose to stay out of shelters because their pets aren't allowed in. That's why the founder, who has twenty pets herself, started this initiative in the first place.
Organizers say they've already been to tent city, and plan to set up camp in all neighboring areas.
They're also providing free care every Wednesday from noon to two, at a clinic in the Saint Francis House.
By Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News.
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