Clinics are coming to CT seniors.
Tails are going to wag a little harder and purrs are going to be a little louder across the state this summer: Grant funding is bringing the Connecticut Humane Society’s pop-up veterinary clinic to pets in more communities.
CHS’ Pet Wellness Clinic days, held in Norwich the past four summers, are expanding to additional cities and will serve pets of senior citizens who face difficulty in affording or accessing veterinary care. The clinics help keep pets in homes even when their owners face challenges, so that they don’t land in a shelter.
Making the effort possible are grants from PetSmart Charities, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut’s Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund and Peter Grayson Letz Fund for Animals and the Environment, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, and the S. L. Gimbel Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation, which serves the counties Riverside and San Bernardino in California.
Each clinic sets up for one day in a central location, like senior centers, low-income housing, and other community buildings. The program will provide owned pets with free wellness exams, vaccines, weigh-ins, nail trims, preventative care, pet food and supplies.
“With the cost of veterinary care rising and moving increasingly out of reach for many families, the Connecticut Humane Society has made a strategic commitment to delivering free and reduced-fee veterinary care to pets at greatest risk for losing their families if a medical crisis were to come up,” CHS Executive Director Gordon Willard said.
“Programs like these keep pets out of shelters – leaving space for pets who truly have no other options – and with the families who already love and know them best.”
Not only does it keep pets out of shelters, it keeps pets with people who rely on them for companionship. Plus, many senior housing complexes require pet vaccinations to be up to date, if a resident wants to continue living there with a furry friend.
CHS will work in partnership with local town animal controls to identify potential locations for the one-day pop-up clinics.