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February 25, 2021
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New Program at Humane Society of Kent County
(wgvu) - The Humane Society of Kent County announces its new Pet Care Assistance program providing low-income pet owners with low-cost vaccinations, spay/neuter vouchers, behavior counseling and pet supplies.

In times of economic hardship pets' health and basic care can be overlooked. The goal of Pet Care Assistance is to help low-income families keep their pets in their homes, rather than having to relinquish them to a shelter.

"Pet Care Assistance will allow low-income pet owners to receive preventative medical care for their animals right in their neighborhoods," said Jennifer Self, Humane Education Coordinator for the Humane Society of Kent County. "It will also help to reduce the number of animals surrendered to shelters and the number of disease outbreaks."

The Humane Society of Kent County has partnered with three nonprofit human service agencies including North Kent Service Center, South End Community Outreach Ministries and United Church Outreach Ministry to host monthly Pet Care Assistance days. Local veterinarians have also offered their time and services to help with the program. The first Pet Care Assistance day will take place August 5, 4 pm to 8 pm at North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr. Rockford, MI 49341.

"I think it's very exciting that we are partnering with the Humane Society of Kent County," said Sandy Waite, Executive Director for North Kent Service Center. "We are always looking for different services to provide our clients and it is a service that is very much needed. Our clients are looking forward to having the Humane Society here."

Funding for the Pet Care Assistance program is provided by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank trust, as well as individual donors.

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