Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region Receives Grant for a Second Year to Offer Affordable Veterinary Wellness Care in Pueblo
The new clinic has increased access to veterinary care in under-resourced communities with support from PetSmart Charities
March 20, 2023 Colorado Springs, CO – Across the U.S., some 50 million pets lack access to affordable health care. The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) has partnered with PetSmart Charities on a Wellness Clinic inside the PetSmart located in Pueblo, Colorado.
The Pueblo Wellness Clinic opened in February of 2022 and has serviced over 3,200 patients over the past year.
PetSmart Charities, the nation’s top funder of animal welfare, has designated their second $150,000 grant to HSPPR, now totaling $300,000 in funding for the Pueblo Wellness Clinic. The grant enables HSPPR to operate the in-store clinic on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. Veterinarians deliver preventative services including wellness exams and vaccinations such as Bordetella and DA2PP for dogs, FVRCP for cats, and rabies for both cats and dogs.
“We’re so grateful to PetSmart Charities for helping make this clinic available to the pets of Pueblo,” says Julie Crosby, Director of Veterinary Services at HSPPR. “Current vaccinations and regular wellness exams are a crucial part of keeping pets healthy and in their homes, and at HSPPR we believe that pets and people are better together.”
Additional services offered include de-wormer, microchip, K9 heartworm test, and pet licenses. Patients will be seen by appointment only and can be made at www.hsppr.org/services/veterinary-services.
“Caring for pets is good for people, too,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president at PetSmart Charities. “With the rising cost of veterinary care and a shortage of veterinarians, we’re proud to support the services this clinic can deliver locally. Our partnership with HSPPR is an ideal example of the power of collaboration, and together, we’re building healthier families.”
About PetSmart Charities®: PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps up to 600,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping at PetSmart.com, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart® stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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