Low-income and homeless pet owners in Ottawa, Canada now have access to affordable veterinary care for their pets, thanks to the Community Veterinary Outreach program. The program is staffed by volunteers who are vet or vet technicians. These volunteers come in on Saturdays to offer clinics to people and pets in need.
This past weekend a clinic was held at the Ottawa Salus Corporation on Scott Street. Twenty-five pet owners brought in 29 cats who all received treatment. Thanks to the clinic, pet owners can get their pets spayed or neutered, bring their pets in for routine exams, and get their pets up to date on vaccines – all things that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise afford.
The high cost of veterinary care is a barrier to pet ownership for many low-income individuals. Even routine veterinary visits can cost $100 or more, and emergency services are even more expensive. But pets also provide many benefits to their owners, such as stress relief, emotional support, and company – all things that any individual can benefit from.
Want to learn more about this unique effort? Then visit Community Veterinary Outreach’s website.