Lou will never forget the moment he first spotted his cat Missy.

She was just a few weeks old, cowering in a corner, afraid to move or even eat because of other big dogs and cats around her in a small apartment. He offered to be her dad then and there.

That was 9 years ago. He saved her life back then. And Lou feels Missy saved his a few years ago when he had a health crisis. They are truly family.

Lou wants the best for Missy, although sometimes that’s not always easy, especially as a senior citizen on a fixed income. So when the Connecticut Humane Society brought its free Pet Wellness Clinic to the Middletown Senior Center on a recent afternoon, Lou was thrilled and relieved.

“I’m very grateful to be here and very happy,” he said. “I was really excited to see this offer from the Connecticut Humane Society doing such a great service, at a no-cost fee especially. I’m happy and lucky and very willing to be here. I want to thank you very much.”

CHS’ pop-up clinics travel around the state, bringing wellness exams, weigh-ins, nail trims, flea/tick preventatives, heartworm tests and pet supplies to pets of owners in need. CHS’ staff medical department, as well as other team members, travel with the clinic to provide the care. Lou was happy to get a good report about Missy’s health and to get her up to date on vaccinations.

It’s often the first time a pet has received medical attention in years, especially if their person doesn’t have transportation to a veterinary hospital or the funds to pay for services. When CHS brings the free clinics to a central location, it removes barriers faced by many owners in need.

Middletown’s clinic was funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Grants and generous supporters like you make this clinic and others around the state possible.

But no matter where a CHS clinic goes, a few things always remain the same: grateful clients like Lou and Missy, and pets receiving the care they need.