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Sidel’s dog-sibling recently needed surgery, and funds were tight. Piper’s family was facing tough times financially because of the pandemic. Charlie’s mom was going through a rough patch and getting his meals at a food pantry.

The pooches all got a helping hand July 30 at a free rabies vaccination clinic held by the Connecticut Humane Society at its Westport location. Around 20 other dogs and cats each got their rabies vaccination, too—at no charge to their families. It was only possible because of generous supporters and the Goodnow Fund.

This was the first clinic held by CHS in Fairfield County, as its veterinary services have previously been provided in Norwich, Manchester, Middletown, Killingly and New London. Because some residents have trouble accessing veterinary care—because of finances, transportation issues or other challenges—CHS brings services to their community in one-day pop-up clinics.

Covid-19 safeguards prompted a new structure for the clinic: Clients stayed in their cars, CHS staff members brought the pets to the vaccination station, and all staff members wore masks and socially distanced when possible.

Some pets at the Westport clinic were due for their rabies vaccination during the height of the pandemic in Connecticut this spring, so their families had held off. For others, it was their first time seeing a veterinarian. No matter their situation, all of the pets got the care they needed and deserved.

Full wellness clinics are currently being planned for CHS’ Westport location, as well as other parts of the state.

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