Homeless and street pets in America’s most vulnerable communities will continue to have increased access to care, food, and supplies, thanks to ElleVet Sciences.
The animal-focused CBD and CBDA company’s nonprofit organization, ElleVet Project, has announced the return and expansion of its veterinary relief tour. Beginning June 2, the mission will travel across the country in the 32-foot “ElleVan” RV to provide free veterinary care in underserved communities in California, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Montana, and Florida.
The ElleVet Project was formally established in 2021 as the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of ElleVet Sciences. Company cofounders, Amanda Howland (COO) and Christian Kjaer (CEO), first developed the project in 2020 as the Pets in Need Project, a pilot program aimed at helping homeless pets in California amidst the COVID pandemic.
“By expanding this year’s relief efforts to five new cities—including Seattle, Portland, Boston, Chicago, and New York City—we will be able to reach more people and their much-loved pets,” Howland says. “Our efforts these past few years have taught us first-hand how helping a pet can change their owner’s life for the better, both emotionally and physically.”
Collaborating with city officials and municipalities, the project hosts a rotating team of veterinarians to provide a range of services, including wellness checks, deworming, and emergency surgeries, as well as administering vaccines and flea and tick preventatives. ElleVet partners with community-focused sponsors, which donate medical supplies, food, and professional assistance.
Traveling to homeless communities allows the mobile veterinary relief tour the ability to locate and treat pets that may never have had veterinary care, the group says.
“It has been incredible to see the steady growth of the ElleVet Project,” Kjaer says. “It takes an enormous amount of planning, financial support, veterinary professionals, and businesses to pull off such relief efforts and we are excited to see the impact we will make this year in helping thousands of pets.”
Since its launch, the project has attracted the support of veterinary professionals across the country, as well as several celebrity animal lovers, including Demi Moore, Jane Lynch, Sarah Paulson, Rumer Willis, Judy Greer, Georgia May Jagger, and Manolo Gonzalez Vergara.
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