FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Richmond (May 17, 2022) – Homeless or not, man’s best friend deserves a little TLC and quality health care, just like our ‘more affluent’ pets. The entire staff at El Cerrito Pet Hospital has graciously agreed to volunteer its time to provide free exams, shots, and nail trims for our unsheltered neighbors who own pets and could not otherwise afford veterinary care. The Bay Area Rescue Mission (BARM) is hosting the free, one-time clinic in its parking lot on Sunday, May 22.“For the unsheltered who have dogs, these 4-legged companions mean everything to them! For some, their pets are their only true friends – the one loyal companion they can always count on for unconditional, non-judgmental love. We are thrilled to help El Cerrito Pet Hospital provide much needed veterinary care to help keep their animal friends healthy,” said BARM CEO, Bram Begonia. This free vet clinic was the brainchild Dr. Syed N. Naqvi, D.V.M who owns El Cerrito Pet Hospital and Shirley Young who has worked for the clinic for the past decade. In addition to the veterinary services, the clinic will give doggie bags that contain needed products donated by vendors. Young told us “we see a lot of homeless people who have pets and we know many are not vaccinated. By offering this service, we can help prevent the spread of disease in our community and help save the lives of these treasured pups. If they could only afford to buy one burger, a lot of homeless pet owners we know would chose to give it to their dog.” The clinic is also partnering with a group called Feeding Pets for the Homeless, a non-profit based out of Nevada, that is paying for the vaccines and will provide funds for on-going pet care for approved dogs that are found to need further care. Bay Area Rescue Mission is working with the Richmond Police Department to distribute fliers to all the homeless encampments in the area to notify homeless pet owners of this wonderful opportunity to care for their animals. We even have friends spreading the word to the homeless as far away as Vallejo. We hope you will join us for this heart-warming, tail-wagging event:
Please direct questions to Steve Lee, Digital Service Manager Office/Cell (510) 215-4798 email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Stephanie Sewell, Vice-President of Development (510) 215 4889 email: StephanieS@BayAreaRescue.org
About the Bay Area Rescue Mission:The Bay Area Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization intentionally located in the heart of Richmond, California. It serves impoverished men, women and children 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. As a privately funded organization, it depends on the generosity and support of donors to provide integrated services to people in need, both the homeless and those struggling to make ends meet and serves as a valuable resource to the city and county. It is unrelenting in its commitment and dedication to those who are hurting in our community. About El Cerrito Pet Hospital: El Cerrito Pet Hospital has been part of the community for more than 50 years. Owned by Dr. Syed N. Naqvi, D.V.M, it specializes in treating small animals, mostly dogs and cats. In addition to the physical care of pets, Dr. Naqvi also spends time educating pet owners about socialization and behavioral issues. About Feeding Pets of the Homeless: Feeding Pets of the Homeless® believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond, which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.