Vets examining a kitten at Vets for Pets

Free veterinarian care offered at Our Place

Volunteer vet provide vaccines and also manage parasite control and ear and eye infections.

Whether living on the street or in a low-income family, pets of all sizes are able to receive free veterinary care at Our Place Society once a month.

Vets for Pets, started by Jane Vermeulen in 2009, is set up in the courtyard of Our Place the second Thursday of every month, except February and July, for two hours per session. Volunteer vet provide vaccines and also manage parasite control and ear and eye infections.

All of the care is free, and is meant for homeless or low-income people and their pets.

Vermeulen came up with the idea after seeing other non-profit groups running a similar clinic on sporadic occasions.

“There’s a need to do it once a month, regular consistent veterinary care,” she said. “These pets interact with a lot of household pets, so it keeps the disease population low.”

Vets see 60-65 pets in the two-hour time period, although normally about 80 people come, so vets are unable to help everyone.

“We’re always looking for more veterinarians,” said Vermeulen. “That’s probably our biggest challenge.”

New to this month’s Vets for Pets, held last week, was the presence of FLED, Finding Lost and Escaped Dogs, a volunteer-run organization on Vancouver Island.

Members from FLED gave out collars, leashes and other pet supplies, along with special ID tags with FLED’s phone number on them.

“We take photographs of the dogs and take down some contact info for the owner,” said Audrey Yap, FLED volunteer. “We can send the photo to animal control if it’s missing.”

Also at Vets for Pets was the Victoria branch of the SPCA, which started coming to Vets for Pets in April.

SPCA members gave away dog and cat food, cat litter, leashes, toys and collars.

“We work on bringing as much as we can collect in a month,” said Annie Prittie-Bell, SPCA Victoria branch manager.

The next Vets for Pets will be on Oct. 9.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria woman to sell masks on wheels after garage stand shut down

Mama’s Masks stand accompanied Moss Street Market

Greater Victoria non-profit advocates for the use of psilocybin for terminal patients

North Saanich psychotherapist pushes for alternative treatment

Gathering marks 10 years since nearly 500 asylum-seekers landed off Victoria shore

The 492 people fleeing violence, war crimes and genocide in Sri Lanka were detained for months

One person in custody after hours-long Cook Street standoff with barricaded robbery suspects

Victoria police say 2300-block of Cook Street has reopened to drivers

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Captive fawn seized from Island home

Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read