Removing Barriers: Ensuring all pets have access to care

You may have recently received a letter in the mail from us telling the story of Connie and Lucky and how Connie was able to get free vaccinations for Lucky at our wellness clinic.  

We love that we can help people and pets in financial need like Connie and Lucky.  But for every pet that makes to the clinic, we know there are many more that aren’t receiving the care they need. This isn’t due to lack of love from the pet owner, but a lack of luxuries many of us take for granted.

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There are many barriers to care such as such as access to reliable transportation or the ability to take time off work.  There are also financial barriers.  Some pet owners may struggle with affording yearly vaccinations, much less monthly preventative.  Many communities are also “veterinary care deserts”.  This means that pet owners have to go outside of their immediate zip code or even outside their county to gain access to veterinary care.  You can see that living in a veterinary desert along with any of the previously mentioned barriers such as financial hardship or lack of transportation, makes accessing adequate vet care close to impossible for many people.

The mobile clinic visits a new neighborhood every Saturday.
The mobile clinic visits a new neighborhood every Saturday.

This is where our mobile clinic becomes one of our most powerful tools for reaching pets in need.  By going directly to those who need care the most, the mobile clinic bridges the gap between clients with financial and transportation hardships.  Pets can receive low-cost, high quality wellness services right in their own backyard, including rabies vaccines, heartworm/flea/tick preventative, and more.  

To support this incredible program that works to remove barriers and give everyone access to quality pet care, please make a gift– your generosity will enable pets to get the very best care they deserve.

Clients received free vaccinations for their pets as well as pet food at an outreach event in Antioch in Fall 2016.
Clients received free vaccinations for their pets as well as pet food at an outreach event in Antioch in Fall 2016.

All of our pet wellness services are under $15 and pet owners who qualify can also receive free services.  Each time we visit a neighborhood, more pets are happier and healthier.

At Pet Community Center we are working to dismantle the barriers that keep pets from receiving vet care.  Local businesses, non-profits, and churches host the mobile clinic in neighborhoods in need. You may have seen us at Fifty-Foward in Donelson, Nashville Pet Products in Hermitage, or Lakeshore Christian Church in Antioch.  

We can see the impact the pet wellness program is making each time we visit a new location.  In 2016, we served a record breaking total of 1,030 cats and 4,799 dogs.  That’s 3 times more than were helped in 2015.

We believe that everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality spay/neuter and preventative care, but we need your help to make it happen.  Please consider a gift to help us provide wellness care and spay/neuter to local pets that need help the most.

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Tim's dog, Betty, received heartworm treatment at Pet Community Center.
Tim's dog, Betty, received heartworm treatment at Pet Community Center.

You’ll know that because of your generosity a neighbor in need, like Connie, will be able to keep her lucky charm right by her side.

For the schedule and more information to bring your pet to the Friday Vaccine Clinic or Saturday Mobile Wellness, check out our website.  

To support this incredible program that works to remove barriers and give everyone access to quality pet care, please make a gift– your generosity will enable pets to get the very best care they deserve.