Humane Society final Healthy Pet clinics of 2019
JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) will be holding the final two low-cost Healthy Pet Clinics of 2019 this month. The next clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the Pet Pantry in Dunkirk and the final clinic will be held from Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown.
CCHS Director of Animal Services, Sue Bobek said “response to the Healthy Pet Clinics in 2019 has been great, 452 animals have had visits with vets that otherwise may not have had that opportunity and 84 animals were seen at our September clinic held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. That is the most we have ever had and shows that we really are filling a need in the community.” Bobek also said “Now that we are wrapping up our second year we have gathered information to shape the future of the Healthy Pet Clinics, and I have to say that we can almost say for certain that this program will continue in 2020.”
The response to the healthy pet clinics from the community has been very positive and the work behind the scenes for CCHS volunteers and staff has been smooth, but there is one particular challenge that is still being worked out. Bobek said “we are so grateful to the veterinarians that are willing to contract out their services to us to make the clinics possible, but there still is some difficulty getting enough help to cover them all. This summer we had to cut the number of clinics in the north county down by three because there simply weren’t enough veterinarians that could dedicate the time to come and provide services.” Bobek added if there are veterinarians that would like to help at future clinics to please contact her at the shelter at 665-2209 Ext. 212, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding the upcoming pet clinics, there is some information participants will need to know. Participants should come prepared with dogs properly leashed and cats in carriers. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Please bring any previous rabies vaccination certificates and any veterinarian records from the past year, if available. A small co-pay will be requested for the basic services, although receiving care is not based on one’s ability to pay. Other services, including heartworm, Lyme disease, and feline leukemia testing will be available at a low cost.