Faithful Friends Animal Society Opens Veterinary Clinic

 
Faithful Friends Animal Society celebrated the Grand Opening of their Veterinary Clinic. The Veterinary Clinic provides quality, low-cost veterinary services to the community; helps families to keep their personal pets and community cats healthy; and works to avoid preventable euthanasia or medical neglect due to financial constraints.
 
Services provided by the Veterinary Clinic include: Spay/Neuters, Wellness Exams, Non-Urgent Sick Care, Dental Exams, Surgeries/Non-Urgent Procedures, Grooming, and End-of-Life Services. Local, licensed veterinarians provide all services. Proceeds from the Veterinary Clinic fund the care of homeless animals at their shelter.
 
Jane Pierantozzi, Executive Director, addressed a crowd of supporters that included New Castle County Councilman Kenneth R. Woods, New Castle County Chief of Staff Aundrea Almond, and Acting Director of the Office of Animal Welfare Christina Motoyoshi.
 
Pierantozzi explained how Faithful Friends initially opened their community veterinary care program 2 days a week providing basic care and other medical procedures including dental work. Services were being provided in an RV that was donated to the organization and renovated as treatment space. The program then expanded to use another small building behind the shelter, with a separate waiting room, continuing to use the RV as the treatment area. But, the demand continued to grow. "We realized we needed to increase services and hours to meet the demand from the public and, in order to do that, we needed a larger building, separate from other shelter operations. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, this program will continue to bring mission-based critical services to the community, as well as generating revenue to support our lifesaving work for cats and dogs entering our shelter."
 
Pierantozzi recognized a short list of donors who invested in the program expansion, making the building renovations and increased staffing possible. One of those donors is Jill A. Cantera, a member of the Faithful Friends Board of Directors. When asked why the Veterinary Clinic was an important step, she stated, "It's important to help people and their pets - and by serving the community through the Veterinary Clinic, we can help support the care of shelter animals too. Faithful Friends Animal Society does so much good in our community and relies primarily on the support of individual donors. The Veterinary Clinic continues the organization's multifaceted tradition of helping people and pets."
 
Examples of the program's impact were evident as clients of the Veterinary Clinic were also on hand to share their stories. A friend referred Bridget Kelly to Faithful Friends when she shared her concern about having to obtain a line of credit in order to afford the veterinary expenses for one of her beloved beagles, 12-year old Shelby. Providing care for her three dogs was important to her, but the expense of their care became overwhelming. Ms. Kelly decided to give the Faithful Friends Veterinary Clinic a call and her dog was scheduled for the procedure she needed the very next week. Shelby is doing great and Ms. Kelly has also been able to get her other two beagles to the clinic as well to get the care they need. One of them, Buster, was found to have a thyroid issue, and since being put on medication, is "jumping around like a pup again."
 

The Veterinary Clinic is now open Monday to Saturday and appointments can be made by calling 302-427-8514, ext. 115. Exam fees begin at $35 and more information on additional services and prices can be found at www.faithfulfriends.us.

 

 

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