Free vaccine clinics are not only one of LifeLine's most popular outreach tools, they are also one of the most effective, and with several Healthy Pets Events coming up soon, we are sure that many more pets will be helped!
Two of the pillars of LifeLine Animal Project's campaign to end the senseless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets are our pledge to provide low-cost or free spay/neuter services, and to increase access to pet-care education, veterinary resources, and related services to underserved communities. One of our most exciting community outreach efforts focuses on those key goals is our Healthy Pets free vaccine clinics.
A properly-targeted and advertised free vaccine clinic can significantly reduce animal suffering and cruelty, prevent shelter overpopulation, and promote veterinary care in an underserved community. Our Healthy Pets DeKalb & Fulton events see an average of 300-600 animals. The incentive is a free rabies vaccination for dogs and cats, and either a free canine distemper/parvo or feline distemper vaccine. Once there, we engage owners about the benefits of fixing their pet and offer them a voucher for free spay or neuter at our two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics.
Additionally, dozens of hardworking volunteers show up to do everything from handing out water and working crowd control, to helping fill out paperwork and giving out free collars and leashes.
We receive many messages from participating pet owners, including Mona, who said, "Thank you for holding the Healthy Pets DeKalb event. I will be bringing my dog to be spayed the following Wednesday and I greatly appreciate your help!" Everyone at LifeLine wants to thank all the pet owners who came out to keep their pet healthy. We know from experience that when given access to the proper resources, the animal owners we interact with will do everything they can to help their pets.
One longtime volunteer says, "I was simply overwhelmed by the amount of gratitude coming from people who had stood in line for hours! I think I learned a little more about the character of pet owners; it is not simply the irresponsible public that is knowingly or willingly contributing to pet overpopulation. People love their pets, and given the resources, will do anything they can to take care of them. So many of these animals were strays taken off the street or from an overwhelmed neighbor who just ended up with another accidental litter. Many people did not even know what spay/neuter was, but once they learned, they were eager to sign up!"
The communities we are targeting are underserved in almost every way: lacking information, resources, and services for companion animal health and welfare. The trust and goodwill generated by events like these go beyond the events themselves and set the stage for future opportunities to engage, spread awareness, and reach people and pets.