Homeless Community Animals Receive Free Exam


ASHLAND, KY (WOWK) – Making sure your pet is taken care of is a big responsibility. It is particularly difficult for the hundreds of homeless people in our region to care for their four-legged companions.

Across all tri-states, the love for dogs is visible, regardless of your financial situation.

In Ashland, Kentucky, there are many homeless communities doing their best to take care of their four-legged friends. However, ensuring that they are medically supported is often not feasible.

The Colorado-based National Street Dog Coalition network sponsors local vets from across the United States to volunteer their time to run free clinics.

The Bellefonte Animal Clinic was one of the groups that offered help to those in their own community. Clinic volunteer Amy Bess says it was a group effort to treat as many dogs as possible.

We settle in and keep going until we run out of supplies or run out of time.

Amy Bess, Bellefonte Veterinary Clinic

The free clinic was held outside The Neighborhood building from 2 pm to 3 pm Sunday. Big or small, the free event caters to dogs of all shapes and sizes. In the Boyd County area, there was certainly a need for it.

Boyd County resident Michael York said events like this show how far the local community will go to care for those in need of help.

I see people really care about … These dogs, they need help more than the rest of these people here.

Michael York, Boyd County resident

Event organizers say such events are for those who might not otherwise be able to afford these services for their dogs.

For more information on the “Street Dog Coalition”, click on here.

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