I’m lucky to have been a pet writer for nearly a decade. I regularly interview veterinarians for articles, and while I’m typically impressed by their knowledge of medicine, I’ve also been amazed by how generously they give back to their local communities. I’ve spoken with veterinary teams who give free exams to service and police dogs, offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to local animal shelters, lead free educational workshops, and sponsor walk-a-thons to raise money for canine cancer research.
So I wasn’t surprised—although still moved—to learn about the support veterinarians give to Pets of the Homeless, a Nevada-based nonprofit that provides pet food and mobile veterinary services to low-income and homeless people across the country.
In partnership with Pets of the Homeless, veterinarians and volunteers have treated over 13,000 animals. Typically, these pop-up wellness clinics include vaccinations, physical exams, and treatment for minor injuries or illnesses. If a pet needs emergency care, such as surgery in an animal hospital, Pets of the Homeless has a program to help defray costs of that treatment, while veterinarians provide deep discounts for the procedure.