• Needy owners can get free animal care

    September 26, 2011 No comments

    Pets in financially struggling households in the Indianapolis area can get free basic veterinary care thanks to a new program from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    The Good Samaritan Endowment Program announced Friday aims to provide vaccinations, heartworm prevention and other wellness care for animals whose owners can’t afford veterinary care due to financial hardship. Applicants will have to fill out a questionnaire to verify their need.

    Purdue, its veterinary teaching hospital and three participating veterinarians in Marion County will administer the project. Purdue says the three clinics will offer free pet care to those qualified as long as funding permits.

    Three community centers in Marion County – the Concord Center, 1310 S. Meridian St.; Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek, 2990 W. 71st St.; and Church Within, 1125 Spruce St. – will work with applicants to determine if they meet financial qualifications.

    The program was made possible by an anonymous gift of $100,000 from an Indianapolis woman and a matching donation from Elanco Companion Health.

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