It isn’t always easy for homeless pet owners to be able to get take their pets in for veterinary care. So when companies like Vets to Go in Calgary, Canada, provide free pet care for them, it can make all the difference in the world.
As part of a program that gives back to the community, Vets to Go, a company that provides mobile vet visits, held a pet wellness clinic on Tuesday, May 31. They partnered with nonprofit The Mustard Seed to set up the free wellness clinic. They tended to around 40 animals, according to GlobalNews.ca.
“There are lots of outreach programs and agencies helping to improve the health and welfare of Calgary’s homeless community, but there are no support services to help care for their pets,” said Dr. Wendy McClelland, founder of Vets To Go, in a press release. “These cats and dogs are family for them, and we wanted to make sure they get the veterinary care and medicines they urgently needed, regardless of their financial or housing situation.”
Those who brought their pets to the clinic were happy with their service. “I am very, very happy to have brought Bailey and Shadow to the pet clinic today. Not only did the staff care for my dogs, they hugged me and smiled at me," said pet owner Sue Layton, who brought her two dogs to the clinic.
“We are pleased to partner with Vets To Go to provide a space where pets of people experiencing homelessness can receive care and compassion from local veterinarians,” says John Rook, director of programs and strategic initiatives for The Mustard Seed in a press release. “It’s amazing what we can do when we collaborate with other organizations in the community to provide support to those who need it most.”