Dr. Jane Vermeulen provides free veterinary care to over 60 pets a month on a consistent basis to homeless and low-income pet owners. “For a lot of homeless people their pet is the only constant in their life, their only companionship.”
Through Jane’s initiatives, Vets for Pets became the first veterinary practice accredited by the British Columbia veterinary licensing body to operate on a strictly philanthropic basis with no exchange of money and all goods and services are donated. As the program has grown and relationships with the pets and their owners have developed, Vets for Pets has also worked with local veterinary clinics to ensure that pet owners are able to offer their pets a humane and dignified euthanasia when needed. Jane has also partnered with the local SPCA to provide monthly donations of pet food, pet accessories and information.
Vets for Pets
Vets for Pets is a veterinary clinic offering free veterinary care to the dogs and cats of homeless and low-income pet owners of the Victoria, B.C. region. Vets for Pets provides free veterinary care, including preventative care, parasite control and the management of simple ear, eye and skin infections, on a consistent and monthly basis to pet owners who normally would not be able to afford medical care for their pets. When the first clinic opened in 2009, only eight animals were seen that month. Since then, Vets for Pets routinely sees over 60 pets on a monthly basis and has helped over 1,000 pets and their owners! For many people living on the streets, pets provide their only form of steady companionship. For many, pets provide a support that no one else will.