To help improve pet welfare and address pet homelessness, The HSUS has been expanding our Pets For Life community outreach programs in Chicago, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia. Just a few weeks ago, we held our first pet wellness event in north Philadelphia that provided free rabies vaccinations and spay or neuter vouchers for dogs and cats, and the turn-out of people looking for these services was extraordinary.
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While our Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association brings free vet services to rural communities in the United States and abroad, there’s also a great need for affordable pet care in many urban neighborhoods, and we are helping to answer this call with our stepped-up and expanded programs. A culmination of our ongoing neighborhood outreach efforts, including free dog training and other assistance, these events meet a growing need for affordable and accessible pet care in underserved communities.
Our survey work has shown that the vast majority of people support spaying and neutering, but for some pet owners, they don’t have the money or the access to make it happen. “In a tough economy, people sometimes don’t have the resources or the means” to get veterinary care, says our Pets For Life Philadelphia Manager Kenny Lamberti. “So we come into the community so they don’t have to look for it. We bring it to them.”
You can see in our latest video how excited people and their pets were on the day of the event. Local residents who come to these clinics obviously care deeply about their pets and are thrilled to be able to get them the care they need. Our program coordinates with veterinarians and local animal welfare groups, such as the Pennsylvania SPCA, to make these events possible. We’ll continue to expand our outreach in Philadelphia and beyond to help more pets and people.