Mobile veterinary care aims at reducing number of stray animalsby Barbara J. Koll, Best Friends Network
In October 2007, the Volusia County Animal Control unveiled its "pet vet cruiser", a state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic. In a few short months, the clinic performed more than 600 surgeries and is well on it way to fulfilling its purpose of reducing the number of stray animals by providing affordable spaying and neutering services in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County.
The Pet Vet Cruiser provides animal sterilization at no cost or low cost to qualifying individuals. According to the County website, the mission of the program is to "reduce the number of animals picked up and euthanized by assisting economically challenged citizens to have their pets sterilized." Rabies vaccinations and county licenses are also available through the program.
The clinic sets up on weekdays at various locations throughout the county, including fire stations, churches and flea markets. Click here
for the Pet Vet Cruiser Calendar. Pet surgeries are performed in the morning and animals are released to their owners the same afternoon.
With over 600 surgeries to date, the Clinic should be able to greatly reduce the number of animals euthanized each year in the County. In 2007, 10,000 animals were euthanized and many were strays picked up on the streets in areas where families often cannot afford the cost of sterilizing their pets. What you can do:
If you live in unincorporated Volusia County and think you may qualify for these services, call one of the following numbers Monday thru Friday between 10 am and 3 pm:
386-323-3575 (Daytona Beach)
386-424-6875 (New Smyrna Beach)Click here
for more information on the Pet Vet Cruiser and Volusia County Animal Control.Photo used with permission of Becky Wilson, Director, Volusia County Animal Control