Angels of Assisi is launching a new community outreach program to provide free services to low income communities, called Angels in Action.
This program is modeled after the Humane Society of the United States "Pets for "Life" initiative, with the goal of providing veterinary services directly to low income communities. This program has been very successful in large cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Angels in Action will provide ongoing neighborhood outreach and offer free or very low cost services including humane education, spay/neuter surgeries and wellness care.
The program is based on the fundamental understanding that where there is human need, there is animal need. To respond effectively to this, outreach efforts are focused on an audience that has the least access to information about animal wellness. Angels in Action embraces the human component by approaching people in a respectful way and recognizing that people love their pets, no matter what their socio-economic circumstances or cultural differences may be.
Staff and volunteers will get the word out by canvassing targeted neighborhoods, and begin with a partnership with the Roanoke City Fire Department on June 29 (2013). Angels of Assisi will be providing free rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter vouchers. Free pet food and other products will be donated by Purina.
Member One Federal Credit Union has provided tremendous marketing and branding support, and Animal Farm Foundation has awarded a grant to help start the program. This innovative program has been made possible by the generosity of the community and the support of our amazing volunteers.
Lisa O'Neill, Angels of Assisi, Roanoke, Virginia
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS NEW PROGRAM!
Your contribution to Angels of Assisi funds low cost spay/neuter programs, provides food, shelter, and medical care to pets in need, and helps with animal rescue in our community. Together we can make a difference! Please click on their website to see how to donate on-line, or where to mail a donation. Also, there is also a wish-list of items they can use if donated!
Thank you for caring about the animals! This group helps so many, just in the past week, Assisi has responded to two requests for help that I forwarded to them. One involved providing a leg amputation for a dog with a gunshot wound, a dog that was loved by his owners but they simply did not have the money to have the surgery done at their regular veterinarian in a large city in North Carolina. I think they were amazed at the kindness they received at Assisi, who did the surgery for a very low cost and allowed them to make payments since they had already exhausted their funds in veterinary care for their dog just keeping him alive the first 24 hours or so after the injury. Assisi is also providing heartworm treatment for sweet Mollie, the older Siberian Husky we are fostering (see my last blog post). Please give, remember even $5 donations all add up! Thank you to my friend Lisa O'Neill for her guest post above.