Homeless pets get free vaccinations

Don Hunter took his dog Gosh to the free shot clinic offered by Tiara Rado Animal Hospital at Catholic Outreach Tuesday morning.

They came in all shapes and sizes ... short, fat, sleek and hairy ... some arrived in kennels while others came with nothing more than a threadbare rope around their necks.

More than 80 dogs and just a few cats were given free vaccinations Tuesday morning, by the staff at Tiara Rado Animal Hospital just outside of Catholic Outreach.

“I don’t want this dog to run around and pick something up,” said Don Hunter as he cuddled his new pup, Gosh. “He’s just a mutt — a river dog,” he said. “But I already love the little guy.”

Gosh, and others like him, received a distemper and rabies shot at no cost to their human companion. This is the second year that Tiara Rado has offered the vaccinations to homeless and low income pet owners. Each shot costs $8, which the hospital happily donates.

“These are basically people who take good care of their pets or they wouldn’t be here,” said Bob Marquis, veterinarian at the hospital.

“This is just a civic service we do because we realize that there is a segment of the pet population out there that is particularly at risk,” he added.

Marquis said those who took advantage of the clinic were very thankful for the opportunity to help their pets stay healthy. “It’s been positive on both sides — from the pet owners and the members of our staff who come out here to volunteer,” he said.


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