Habersham Animal Shelter, voluntary organizations provide free care for over 250 pets

Habersham County Animal Care and Control in conjunction with Planned PEThood of Atlanta served 263 area pets on Saturday with free vaccines, microchipping, spaying/neutering, and flea and tick treatment for families who have struggling to pay for veterinary care.

The drive-thru clinic program began last summer to help people in financial difficulty get the care their pets need, as well as help spay and neuter animals across the county.

“We’ve had a lot of very endearing and heartwarming stories about why these people are here, how needy they are, and how they really don’t have any other options in this area. “said Tanya Weaver of Planned PEThood. “People are willing to come here and wait hours for this, so it’s really needed.”

This clinic was the largest in Habersham County to date, serving more animals in need than at previous clinics.

Thomas Warden and his son Gunner Warden of Clarkesville brought their dogs Kita and Brownie in to get vaccinated and spayed.

Gunner Warden, 10, waits in the back seat with dogs Brownie and Kita for their shots. (Hadley Cottingham/Now Habersham)

Guardians received their dogs from unexpected litters and took them in when the puppies’ future was uncertain. Now they are part of the family that Gunner says he loves.

“When I was whining around Brownie, he would come and hug me,” Gunner says. He says Kita is special to him too and loves his quirks.

They usually take their animals to their local veterinarian, but with the prices for veterinary care being so high, when they received a ticket to the event, it was a welcome opportunity.

They were just one of many families to have their pets kept as part of the $5,500 operation, which was funded entirely by nonprofits and charities. Vets and volunteers donated their Saturdays to set up the clinic, and Madi Nix, director of animal care and control for Habersham County, said these clinics help animals community-wide .

Veterinarians Dr Nicole Chiorazzi (pictured) and Dr Christina Simpson volunteered their time on Saturday to administer vaccines to animals in the area. (Hadley Cottingham/Now Habersham)

She says that through microchipping and vaccination efforts at the clinic, they are seeing more lost pets reunited with their families, fewer illnesses entering the shelter, and that through their partnership with Planned PEThood, more pets in the county are repaired. .

“This service has resources that can help us, and we’re not afraid to call and ask for help when we need it,” Nix says. “And that’s what we should be here for, for our community.”

Event sponsors included Petco Love, the Atlanta Humane Society and the Jim Parker Foundation.

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If you or your company would like to help sponsor a free veterinary care clinic, contact Tanya Weaver at [email protected] to learn more.

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