ARCADIA (KABC) – Free Animal Doctor, a nonprofit veterinary clinic, provides much-needed medical services for pet owners. Nobody is turned away for insolvency.
Leah Walker is grateful for the clinic. Like many, she says the pandemic has put a strain on finances.
“It got really tough financially after COVID and some of the traditional vets were very expensive. So we made the decision to look for a nonprofit and we’re happy to support nonprofits, ”said Walker. “I think it’s important when someone wants to give back through a nonprofit to try and support them, and that’s how we found the Free Animal Doctor.”
“Our mission is to raise funds to meet unexpected medical expenses for sick and injured animals that owners cannot afford,” said Sam Bernardo, president of Free Animal Doctor.
Staff say their donated bus is 43 feet old and needs permanent parking for the clinic to connect to city services. Santa Anita Park in the San Gabriel Valley came to the rescue and provided the clinic with a home free of charge.
“We recently had this fire, the Bob Cat Fire. We served as an evacuation center, we organized food trips during the pandemic. So we’re always looking for ways we can help the community, ”said Dan Cirimele, Santa Anita Park. “And when Sam came to us with his opportunity, as you can see, we have so much property here, there is free space. He can park the bus and we can provide the supplies for him. ”
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