This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to helping the less fortunate. We’d like to share with you the work that we have done throughout the year in support of organizations that benefit the needy – both people and pets!
In October, both cat hospitals raised money through bake sales, penny drives, and paw print sales for the Farley Foundation. The Farley Foundation assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their sick or injured pets. Thanks to our many generous clients we were able to donate over $1100 to Farley!
Merivale Cat Hospital works closely with Ottawa’s Cat Rescue Network. This is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that rescues abandoned and feral cats, and places the cats with foster families until they are adopted. By performing sterilization surgeries, vaccinations, and deworming at a reduced cost, the cat hospital has helped previously homeless cats become suitable for adoption. We even have a donation jar on our front desk! In fact, the doctors and staff of the cat hospitals help match up stray cats with new families every year as well as reunite lost cats with their owners.
Our veterinarians are involved in helping homeless and neglected animals. Dr. Alison Green comes to us after two years of working as a veterinarian at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) where she provided care for the shelter’s homeless and neglected or abused animals. Dr. Green continues her work there on an intermittent basis. At its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 27, the OHS honoured several volunteers, celebrating the passionate individuals who help make our community better for animals. One of them was our own Dr. Glenys Hughes. Dr. Hughes received the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award for her work saving animal lives as a volunteer veterinarian at the OHS since 2009. We’re proud to see Dr. Hughes receive the public recognition she deserves for dedicating her professional life to the health and welfare of our companion animals.
Dr. Amy Lowe escaped the cold this November to participate in a sterilization clinic with the International Spay Neuter Network (ISNN) in Kingston, Jamaica. ISNN offers free sterilization and basic veterinary care for pet owners who cannot afford these services, as well as for feral and unwanted animals. It is the only organization operating in Jamaica to provide these services and volunteers from around the world work side by side with local veterinarians to reduce animal overpopulation and improve animal welfare. About 50 cats (and 200 dogs!) received spay or neuter operations during the 3-day clinic, which was held at the Jamaican SPCA.
The Winn Feline Foundation is an international non-profit organization that funds feline health research. Projects funded by Winn help veterinarians diagnose and treat common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Dr. Susan Little has served as a volunteer on Winn’s board since 2001, and was Winn’s President from 2005-2009. Dr. Little raises money for the Foundation and helps run the grant review program to assure that donations from pet owners are used to support research into the most important feline health problems with the world’s top experts.
Both Dr. Amy Lowe and Dr. Glenys Hughes volunteer with Community Veterinary Outreach, a registered charity that integrates veterinary education and care in the community. Their Mission Veterinary Care program began in 2003 to provide preventative health care to animals of the homeless and street-involved at the Ottawa Mission. Clients are also accepted on a referral basis from community partnerships that include other area shelters, municipal public health, community health centres, and mental health organizations. As well, the organization runs the popular Mini-Veterinary School to provide the public with insight into the field of veterinary medicine, educate about animal health and the human-animal relationship, increase awareness of veterinary medicine as a profession, and raise funds for ongoing work in the community.
Dr. Doug Boeckh has been the head organizer of the Terry Fox Run in Alexandria since 2001. His passion for helping this worthy charity extends to his whole family as everyone gets involved, even the family dog! Doug has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars over the years to support cancer research.
We hope that you might share our passion for helping those in need this holiday season! All the best from our doctors and staff to you and your family for the holidays.