Hands-On Care: Bringing Free Veterinary Services to Underserved Communities
Here’s a fact that should jolt every critic of The HSUS in the worlds of factory farming, the puppy mill trade, the seal-killing business, and every other industry that dislikes us for our relentless advocacy work: The HSUS provides direct care to more animals than any other animal protection organization in the United States. We maintain our five animal care centers (including one of the nation’s largest wildlife rehabilitation centers and one of the nation’s largest horse sanctuaries), our emergency response efforts to human-caused and natural disasters for animals (like our two dogfighting raids in North Carolina last week), our veterinary service programs, and a raft of other direct care activities.
David Paul Morris
I am proud of all of these services that we provide, and today, I want to cast a spotlight on the Rural Area Veterinary Services program of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. This five-minute video focuses on our work on a Native American reservation in rural South Dakota, where our professional veterinary teams and volunteer vet students help pets and the people who care about them in an impoverished community.
In so many underserved areas in America, veterinary resources are exceedingly thin, and so many pet owners have limited resources to care for them. So many of these people are so excited to have access to our vets and vet students. Our team conducts free check-ups, vaccinations, sterilizations, and so many more animal health services in dozens of U.S. communities and abroad. Vet students get practical training outside the classroom, and they help so many animals—more than 8,300 animals in 2010—along the way. In the coming months, HSVMA field teams will also visit Peru, Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, and several other countries.
It’s tough to describe the work of The HSUS, largely because we are active on so many fronts. But here’s one program that surely should get your attention, and one that’s worthy of your support. Be sure to tell your own vet about HSVMA and urge him or her to sign up today.