Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

HUMANE SOCIETY HOSTS LOW-COST VACCINE CLINIC

August 17, 2017

With work, bills, and unexpected expenses, no matter how much an owner loves their pet taking them to the veterinarian may not be an option.

With high levels of poverty in the area, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is offering a low cost vaccine clinic from 2 - 4 p.m. on Aug. 27 at 2571 Park Ave. in Beloit.

Executive Director Brett Frazier said the Humane Society wanted to do more to address the issue of veterinary care beginning at its most basic level - proper vaccination.

"The goal is to find families who wouldn't otherwise be able vaccinate their cats and dogs and get them protected from illnesses such as rabies," Frazier said.

He said there are residents in the Beloit community that fit the profile for folks in need. Since the Humane Society was able to find a space through a connection with the nonprofit organization, the Catatarium, Beloit seemed like the perfect location for the clinic.

"It's a pretty seamless way to get this up and running off the ground," Frazier said.

After conducting a survey of a sample of the recent surrenders, the Humane Society saw the leading reasons were an inability to afford food, an inability to afford veterinary care and an inability to find pet-friendly housing.

While housing can be difficult to address, Frazier said the shelter has programs to help with the affordability of food by providing cat and dog food each month to the food pantries at Caritas in Beloit and ECHO in Janesville.

"Properly vaccinating a pet can prevent things down the road, such as surrender, abandonment or death, all of the things we don't want to see," Frazier said.

He said the veterinary community provides care to the thousands of pets in the Stateline Area, but some families still can't always afford the cost of a visit to the vet.

He said the Humane Society is cautiously calling the clinic a pilot, because they don't want to take away business from local veterinarians.

"We're hoping to get idea of if we are reaching that need," Frazier said. "If we are great, but if not then why not? When starting a program like this, we have the opportunity to do some good, but there's an opportunity to do more good the next time out."

He guesses his staff will be able to help as many as 75 to 100 animals during the time window.

"We're very efficient at what we do, but we won't know until we're there on the ground and start doing the work," Frazier said. "We will help as many people as we can...our goal is helping everybody that shows up."

The vaccinations will be completely handled by the Humane Society's veterinary staff.

"One of the things that we'll talk about is the importance of seeing a veterinarian and having continuous care, and that's not something we provide," Frazier said. "There are some amazing vets in the county and Beloit. We will talk about the importance of those relationships."

There is no pre-registration required for the event, and it is first come first serve.

The clinic will offer a limited menu of vaccine options including $10 rabies vaccinations. There also are vaccine packages priced at $50 for dogs and $20 for cats that will get pets up-to-date on their shots.

For more information on pricing and options of the vaccines, contact the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin at 608-752-5622 or visit their website www.petsgohome.org.

source Beloit Daily News

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