The average cost of annual dental care for a cat or dog is about $500, according to Pets + Us. That’s a lot for a typical pet owner. Now consider a shelter that houses several animals in desperate need of dental work. Costs add up quickly and dramatically.
Fortunately for the SPCA of British Columbia, local vets once again offered a day of free care to needy shelter animals. Sunday, July 17, 2016, was the fourth annual Vets in Action clinic in BC. Veterinarians and technicians provided free procedures to shelter animals, hoping the work helped them be more adoptable, reports Vancouver 24 Hours.
The day’s goal was to aid at least 12 animals that need major surgery or dental treatment.
Local veterinarians typically offer the SPCA reduced rates. However, since everything is donated, the shelter anticipated receiving about $10,000 worth of services on the day of the clinic. In addition to helping animals, participants hope that Vets in Action will prompt other veterinary practices to provide similar assistance to local shelters as a way of giving back to the community. A GoFundMe campaign, Vets In Action — LPCP, is also accepting donations. The BC SPCA benefits from all proceeds.
At the 2015 event, vets and techs completed over 25 procedures. Each year, Vets in Action takes a day to make a real difference in the lives of shelter animals. But they’re not the only professionals who volunteer their time to help prospective pets lead better lives. Meet one of the pet groomers who regularly donates his time to clip and bathe shelter dogs.
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