INFO FOR VETS:
Shelter veterinary medical and surgical rescue for a wide number of
animals is possible only with some level of donation of professional
time and services by a veterinarian and some level of discount on
charges for supplies and medications. Generally, the more donation
and discount, the higher the number of animals that can be treated.
When HVC’s Caring Paws started in 1994, there was no humane
society funding for cases available. Many HVC clients wanted to "rescue" cases and the offer " I’ll fix 'em, you pay for the cost of
supplies" worked and it set the basis for The Last Chance Club
cases today. Any level of donation can help.
Donation of professional time and services and lower or at-cost
supplies does not imply that the quality of care should suffer. All cases, records, materials, techniques, sterilization, sanitation, housing and medicating should be at AAHA-level standards.
Artwork by Dr. Arlene Brooks
||Rewards to a practitioner doing rescue cases are NOT monetary. They are something even better. A chance to ‘give back’, a chance ‘to help’, a chance to ‘accomplish a tricky surgery’ and a chance to ‘see one more go home’. A chance to give a last chance.
If you are currently doing rescue....do one more a month....find a way
to lower costs by 25%....donate all your time....ask your clients to help
sponsor an animal. If you might consider doing rescue cases, contact
your local humane society, ASPCA or county dog control and see
what needs exist. Many of these facilities would be elated to have
the option of saving that "special one".
You can give a little or a lot but at least, think about giving. Besides
the clients, the other incentive to start CARING PAWS 15 years ago
was a comment from a humane society administrator : "Dr. Brooks,
you can't save them all". “ No, but I CAN save one.” SAVE ONE.