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Southern California's First Veterinary College Extends a Helping Paw to Homeless Pets

by Rodney Tanaka

August 3, 2001

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Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine

will be lending aid to a different breed of the homeless on Wednesday,

August 15, as it plays a role in the 2nd Annual Health and Job Fair for

the Homeless at the First Baptist Church, 601 N. Garey Ave.

Catering to the 25 percent of the homeless people in Southern California

who care for pets, the University’s veterinary faculty will provide animal

wellness care and distribute vouchers that can be redeemed at the Inland

Valley Humane Society for free spaying or neutering.

College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor Lara Rasmussen, DVM,

DAVCS, feels that Western University’s presence is a needed addition to

the services at the health and job fair.

“”Taking proper care of one’s pets can incur tremendous expenses for

someone who has little-to-no income,”” Rasmussen said. “”However, these pets

often provide irreplaceable and long-lasting companionship. If we can help

these people maintain healthier pets, then I think we are providing the

best humanitarian contribution we can to this event.””

Replicating last year’s fair, members of the homeless community will

attend the event to receive free services from an array of more than 20

local community groups, including the Homeless Outreach Task Force, the

Department of Public Social Services, Pomona Valley Hospital, The American

Recovery Center, The Pomona Inland Valley Council of Churches and Tri-City

Mental Health Center, which coordinated the event.

The College of Veterinary Medicine also will be accompanied by Happy Tails

To You Mobile Pet Grooming and two professional pet groomers, who will

provide their services free of charge.

The veterinary faculty, along with the other services, will be available

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the hope of exceeding last year’s attendance of

more than 120 members of the homeless community.

For more information regarding the College of Veterinary Medicine or its

involvement in the health fair, call Dr. Rasmussen, at (909) 469-5668.


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