June 5, 2019In the News

51 Animals Treated at Pets of the Homeless Wellness Clinic

This is Reno – June 5, 2019

Pets of low-income and homeless people received free vaccinations, wellness checks, spay and neuter vouchers and more.

Pets of the Homeless held a pet wellness clinic on Saturday where 51 pets of homeless and low-income people received free vaccinations, wellness checks, pet food and pet supplies, spay and neuter vouchers, Carson City dog licenses and emergency veterinary appointments. Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused solely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of homeless people.

“We’re thrilled to have so much support from the community,” said Genevieve Frederick, president and founder of Pets of the Homeless. “All the people who are here today are volunteers; all the doctors and tech staff. Everyone is here doing this because we want to make our community safe.”

The Carson Animal Services Initiative (CASI) provided 27 free spay and neuter vouchers at the clinic. Crazy Cat Grooming and Canine Academy was on site to remove matted hair, clean ears and clip nails. There were three veterinarians and five veterinary technicians from Sierra Veterinary Hospital and Timberline Animal Hospital vaccinating and providing wellness checks. The Nevada Humane Society Carson City also provided assistive services. Sixteen other volunteers showed up to help out and ensure as many pets as possible were treated.

“I can’t afford vet care, but I love my dogs,” said one pet owner at the clinic, Larry, who brought in his two dogs, Tank and Petey. “This lets me know that my dogs are healthy, that they’re well.”

The clinic was held at the Friends in Service Helping (FISH) in Carson City. FISH provides food, clothing, shelter and medical aid to the homeless and hungry in Carson City. The organization’s goal is to provide programs and referrals to families and individuals so they can become self-sufficient.

“We provide people food and medical services, and this gives us an opportunity to give their furry family food and medicine too,” said Jim Peckham, the executive director of FISH. “This allows pets to be well taken care of, to keep their family and the overall community healthy.”

Pets of the Homeless sponsors wellness clinics periodically. The next local clinic will be at Homeless Connect on January 28, 2020. Nationwide, Pets of the Homeless has sponsored more than 160 clinics.  To learn more about Pets of the Homeless, get help, or make a donation, visit petsofthehomeless.org.

About Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human-animal bond, which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. The task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets. For more information, please visit petsofthehomeless.org.