By Jenn Geibel, Chief Community Resources Officer
This year has been challenging to say the least. But, despite the many bumps in the road, our Animal Wellness Center continues to serve as a lifesaving resource for the pets and people in our community. As COVID-19 reminded us of the struggle many economically disadvantaged pet owners face each day, we knew it was time to recommit to offering low-cost wellness services.
As difficult of a year as 2020 has been, we are excited to be ending on a high note. In December, we welcomed Dr. Donny Consla to the Animal Friends family. Dr. Consla will serve as our Lead Wellness Veterinarian allowing us to once again offer our wellness services and provide much needed affordable veterinary care to those in need. Our Clinic Services team often meets pet owners who are unable to afford necessary medical services for their pets and may be faced with the unthinkable reality of rehoming their beloved four-legged family member. This is not a decision we ever want an animal lover in our community to have to make. We knew we had to help.
As we strengthen our focus on pet retention, we are thrilled to add one more resource at our Animal Wellness Center. And, while we continue to remain fully committed to ending pet overpopulation through our Low-Cost Spay and Neuter program, we recognize that a more holistic approach to affordable veterinary services and resources is vital to keeping pets in their homes where they belong.
To prepare for these exciting changes, our Clinic Services team will undergo training with Dr. Consla’s guidance throughout the month of December, with plans to begin offering wellness services in early January. Be sure to keep an eye on our website at ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org/Clinic and follow Animal Friends on social media for more updates from our Clinic Services team. The doctor will see you soon!