Humane Society launches veterinary clinic on wheels
TWINSBURG, Ohio – Animal rescue advocates in Summit County have just made a long-standing wish come true – the Humane Society of Summit County has launched a brand new state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic.
The MABEL Clinic, which stands for “Making Animals Better and Enriching Lives,” is a 28-foot-long stand-alone clinic that can perform sterilizations, sterilizations, vaccinations, and microchips.
The unit will visit partner sites in Summit County, focusing on low-income areas where it can offer on-site services, the HSSC said in a statement.
MABEL was made possible through the Cynthia Parker Matthews Family Foundation, the organization said. Services will be provided at low cost, and in some cases free of charge, from a fund created for this purpose.
MABEL has capacity for hospitality, preparation for surgery, anesthesia and air conditioning, so services will be provided year-round, the agency said. In addition to sterilization / sterilization days, walk-in vaccination and microchip clinics will also be offered. The clinic is able to accommodate up to 25 cats or small dogs.
As is the case in most American communities, the need is great, the agency said. With overcrowding filling shelters, the CSSS said it looked after more than 1,000 kittens each year.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, a single female cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens in seven years. As a result, around 70% of cats in shelters are euthanized.
The economic effects of the pandemic have also made it more difficult to obtain affordable and accessible veterinary care, the HSSC said, as some facilities have closed while pet ownership has increased. The HSSC reports that it receives more than 50 calls per month from residents seeking low-cost sterilization or sterilization services.
“The need has never been greater,” said Diane Johnson-Owens, President and CEO of the CSSS. “Combined with other programs, the Humane Society of Summit County offers to help both homeless people and pets. We are creating a continuum of services that ensure a safer, more animal-friendly community. “
Residents can register online to be alerted when the CSSS starts making appointments, or make an online donation to support the MABEL Clinic.