With a $120,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the Fund for Animals Rural Area Veterinary Services program aims to support pets and families in underserved areas with high quality veterinary field clinics to provide vaccines, spay/neuter services and urgent care for sick and injured animals in rural communities where veterinary care is not otherwise available.
Over the course of a two-week clinic, the RAVS team cares for up to 1,000 animals, alleviating suffering and improving quality of life for animals and their families.
In addition to direct care field clinics, the RAVS program works to further expand access to essential animal health services with clinical mentorship and outreach to veterinary students and professionals. The program also builds local capacity through community development projects and supports community-based animal care resources and sustainable service programs, including local veterinary services and community outreach.
“In rural communities impacted by poverty and geographic isolation, families often don’t have access to basic veterinary services for their beloved pets. RAVS mobile field clinics bring essential veterinary care to the most isolated and underserved communities to alleviate suffering and save animals’ lives,” said Windi Wojdak, senior director of the Rural Area Veterinary Services program for the Fund for Animals. “Support from PetSmart Charities will allow the RAVS program to continue to provide targeted assistance for communities working to develop sustainable local animal health services.”
“We are proud to partner with this community-minded program to make affordable veterinary care accessible to Native communities across the country, said Aimee Gilbreath, president, PetSmart Charities. “This work will not only allow more pets to remain with the people who love them without the need to travel significant distance for care, but also promote a healthier pet population and veterinary infrastructure throughout these communities.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies and other non-profit animal welfare organizations across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated more than $450 million to positively impact communities, connect people and pets, help preserve families and improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like this with the RAVS program.