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October 11, 2010

Priceless: Low-Cost Pet Health Clinics in Gulf Coast Communities

Last month I featured a guest blog from Amanda Arrington, The HSUS’s manager of spay/neuter initiatives, spotlighting one of the pet health clinics that are part of our larger Gulf Coast initiative. By bringing low-cost spay/neuter services into the community, often with free vaccination and microchipping, we are eliminating the main barriers—cost and access—that many people face in providing veterinary care to their pets. With this kind of work, we are chipping away, community by community, at the larger problem of pet overpopulation and euthanasia.

We recently hosted another clinic in Jefferson Parrish, La., in coordination with the Jefferson SPCA and the Jefferson Parrish Animal Shelter. Thousands of cats and dogs received free vaccinations, hundreds received free microchips and discounted spay/neuter vouchers and, thanks to a generous donation by FreeKibble.com, five tons of Halo Spot's Stew pet food was distributed to attendees.

I am posting video from the event. Be sure to watch—the smiles and gratitude from community members whose pets we helped to serve are sure to brighten your day.

This is just another part of The HSUS’s hands-on work, manifest every day across the nation. That work has so many forms, both inside our own animal care centers and in communities like the one depicted in the video.

A note: If you’re visiting my blog today, you’ll notice it has a new look. I hope you like it, and that you find this layout helps you to better engage in the content and in our efforts to protect animals. To celebrate, and to thank you for being readers of my blog, tomorrow I’ll announce a special giveaway—stay tuned.

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