A new mobile vet clinic could help reduce the stray pet population
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's an over-population of cats and dogs in Louisville and one truck could possibly change that.
X-rays, surgery tables and cages are just a few items in the large truck that's now serving as a mobile animal clinic.
"This truck is a mobile spay/neuter and wellness clinic. We will be taking out into the under-served areas of Louisville and helping the pet owners get their pets spayed and neutered and proper vaccination to make sure they're healthy," said Heather Dougherty. She’s the President of the Spay/Neuter Coalition of Louisville, a new organization hoping to reduce the pet population through proactive measures.
With the help of ten vet volunteers and other pet lovers, the coalition is providing free pet services for two specific areas: Shively and west Louisville.
Dougherty says those are the areas where the majority of shelter animals come from.
"Unfortunately, they may have gotten pregnant and the families just can't take care of them because they don't have the resources, whether it be transportation or monetary. This is a way we can take the clinic out into the community," said Dougherty.
John Crenshaw has lived in the west end for over 50 years.
He's said he has a run-in with a stray animal just about every day.
"You can't even walk down the street without seeing two or three cats running around," Crenshaw explained. "I done got chased by a couple of dogs. The cats mainly just scare me."
There are very few animal clinics in or near the west end. .
Metro Animal Services, Kentucky Humane Society, and Alley Cat Advocates, among others, are all trying to help too.
This new mobile clinic will help serve even more pet owners.
Thanks to fundraising and grants, the truck will make weekly stops in the west end and Shively and remain parked until each pet is good to go.
They will take appointments via phone and online.
The truck is capable of holding about 25 animals and should be on the road by the end of this year,
"We need to get the word out there. We're going to take it out into the communities and let them see it and get on it and give them information on what we're going to do for them so they'll know their pet is in good hands," said Dougherty.
They plan to move into other areas at a later date with low cost services.
For more information on the mobile vet truck, click here.
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