We partner with many organizations to provide care for pets in our community. One of these is the Banfield Foundation. The Banfield Foundation has awarded Pet Community Center a generous grant to provide free wellness services to the pets of low-income Davidson County residents.
Services available include vaccines, microchips, dewormer, heartworm tests, and flea and tick preventatives. Individuals requesting assistance with veterinary care may quality for up to 3 free services for their pet. The program aims to increase access to care for pets living in poverty and reduce the number of pets relinquished to area shelters due to lack of access to veterinary care.
Natalie Corwin, President and CEO of Pet Community Center, said, “We know there are a lot of caring pet families in Nashville who have fallen on hard times and struggle to provide care for their pet. This program is designed to provide temporary assistance for those individuals who cannot afford basic veterinary care. Preventive care can have a big impact on a pet and their family. For example, by providing a parvo vaccine to a puppy, we can prevent a potentially deadly illness that can cost thousands of dollars to treat.”
To qualify for Pet Community Center’s wellness program for low-income individuals, pet owners must provide a photo ID demonstrating residency in Davidson County. The name on the ID should match the records used to validate financial need. Qualifying documentation includes proof of: state or federally funded welfare, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, Social Security, SSI Disability, unemployment, extreme medical expenses, and loss of home due to catastrophic circumstances. Pay stubs confirming state or federal standard of low-income or WIC guidelines will also be accepted as proof of financial need.
One of our first success stories using the Banfield Grant was with Kelly and her dog, Scotty. Kelly lives in a senior housing development in Madison, TN where our mobile clinic often visits. Scotty belonged to Kelly’s friend who was no longer able to live in the development and take care of Scotty, so Kelly happily took over the role as his new guardian. Thanks to a grant from Banfield Foundation, Pet Community Center helped Kelly get him up to date on his shots and get flea and tick prevention. If it hadn’t been for Kelly, Scotty might have had to go to a shelter. The veterinary assistance program helped keep Scotty in a loving home. We applaud Kelly for opening her heart and home to Scotty.
It takes support from everyone from foundations, businesses, and individuals to do what we do at Pet Community Center. We’re thankful to be able to serve all members of our community.