Community Veterinary Outreach Provides Pet Care for Low-Income Pet Owners

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.

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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.

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16 thoughts on “Community Veterinary Outreach Provides Pet Care for Low-Income Pet Owners

  1. My Ontario works gave me this info .My little jewel pug mix is quickly deterioting after 16 years together .I’ve already spent all I could totalling $600 .to help her .Now I have no money left to put her down .

        1. We are so sorry. This story is from a couple of years ago and sometimes organizations change information. Our apologies for any confusion. You might want to try and do a search from something similar.

  2. CAN YOU PLEASE CONTACT ME AT (613) 4223139 TO SPEAK TO YOUR OUTREACH PROGRAM BECAUSE I AM AN LOW INCOME EARNER IN NEED OF VETINARY SERVICES FOR AN KITTEN I WAS GIVEN WHO IS NOW 7 WEEKS OLD AND SHE IS AN WHITE DEAF DOEMSTIC CAT WITH BLUE EYES! PLEASE CONTACT ME ,,THERE IS NO PHONE NUMBER TO CALL,,WHEN I CALL SALUS IT DOESNT ACCEPT OUTSIDE CALLS…MAKES NO SENSE,,I LIVE IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO..MY NAME IS SUE ZLEAYA AND I LIVE INTHE BAYSHORE AREA! PLEASE CALL ME.THANK YOU!

  3. could someone please contact me, I need some medical assistance for my Chocolate Lab. I am in current receipt of Ontario Works and I don’t have the means for vet expenses.

  4. My best friend Mercury (my cat) has been sick, I am willing to pay a vet to help him but I am on a disability pension and could not pay all at once. I fear my cat may become more sick before I can get the money to help him, I love my cat, can you help Mercury.

  5. How do i actually get help from this program if no one emails back when you put your info ant the bottom of their page. Theres no phone number, no address nothing….

    1. Jamie, this story is from a couple of years ago and sometimes organizations change information. Our apologies for any confusion. You might want to try and do a search from something similar.

    1. Hi, Jenn. We would recommend you reach out to local veterinarians, shelters, and rescues in your area. Many of them have programs that can help you and your boxer. Good luck.

  6. Hi my name is Bernadette my dog and me my are being expose to ammonia and if it’s burning my nose and eyes and chest I think that’s why she has the runs having trouble eating and smelling I am on ODSP no take her to a vet please can you help me

    1. Bernadette, we are not in a position to be able to connect you with anyone, but would suggest that you reach out locally, to shelters and rescues in your area for help. Check on Facebook as well as via Internet search. You may also want to contact local authorities if it is an environmental issue. Good luck and we hold you are able to get some assistance.

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