WASHINGTON—The Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program, previously part of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, will now be operated by The Fund for Animals. RAVS joins other direct animal care centers under The Fund for Animals umbrella—The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, Duchess Sanctuary and The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center. The Fund for Animals is an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.
According to Holly Hazard, president of The Fund for Animals, “Bringing RAVS to the Fund for Animals better aligns this unique program with our other direct care animal work at the organization. RAVS will continue to operate to bring essential care to thousands of animals in need every year in remote and economically impoverished communities, while providing high-impact service learning opportunities for veterinary students and professionals.”
For more than 20 years RAVS has provided veterinary medical and surgical care to dogs, cats and equine in communities where regular care is not available or affordable, focusing primarily on Native American communities throughout the western United States. RAVS’ M.A.S.H.-style mobile field clinics provide critical veterinary care including spay/neuter surgeries, emergency and preventative care. The program helps thousands of families every year by keeping pets healthy and in their homes, as well as preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases.
While serving communities and animals, the program is a model for providing unique field work opportunities for professionals, students and volunteers. Each year more than 350 volunteers join RAVS field teams around the country to provide essential medical care to more than 8,000 animals, all at no cost to the clients or communities served. Over the past 15 years, more than 6,000 veterinary students and professional veterinary volunteers have provided essential care to improve the health and welfare of over 115,000 animals.