Live in Colorado and know someone who can't afford veterinary care for their pet? On April 9 and 10, the annual PetCheck in Colorado will provide free wellness exams for dogs and cats across several Colorado cities. This is in thanks to a partnership between 9NEWS, KOAA News 5, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and more than 60 veterinary clinics.
The annual event is 5 years old. According to the CVMA:
"Each year, CVMA partners with 9News to bring the 9PetCheck to Colorado. CVMA member veterinarians generously donate their time and open their clinics to provide free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations to pet owners across the state who are facing economic adversity. The event not only helps give back to local communities, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to underscore the importance of preventive pet healthcare as well as the veterinarian’s crucial role in public health protection. The coverage 9News provides – before, during, and after the event – puts veterinarians on the air and in the public spotlight in a way we’ve only been able to dream about!
People are asked to call Monday, April 4th between 4 to 8 central time to schedule an appointment. Only owners with appointments will be seen.
"Colorado veterinarians know the importance of annual examinations for keeping pets healthy and preventing future health problems, and are willing to help those who are truly in need by donating their time to this event," writes Lynne Valencia for 9News.
Colorado veterinarians are encouraged to take videos and photos of their clients and send them to the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. Stories could end up on their website, as well as 9News.
According to 9News, the following cities are taking part in the program:
- Castle Rock
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
- La Junta
- Lone Tree
- Steamboat Springs