overwhelming response to free pet vaccines, microchip clinics | local news


After an overwhelming response from the community, more than 100 animals were vaccinated and microchipped. Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center aims to bring back free drive-thru clinics.

on saturday The shelter partnered with Longview Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) to host its first free vaccine and microchip clinic. As part of The Nina Effect campaign, the campaign honors Nina Allen, a former worker who died in a crash on Interstate 20 in Harrison County when her car collided with another vehicle.

Animal care manager Chris Kemper said that after Allen’s death, the shelter knew they wanted to do something special to honor her legacy and continue helping the community animals that mattered to her so much.

“She was the light in everything she did. Whether it’s helping animals or helping people. And that’s what she lives for. So we decided that the best thing we could do was campaign and we would do it. On her behalf and we will put together a proactive community project,” Kemper previously said.

The new project is one of three projects at the shelter. The shelter received more than $20,000 in donations in her name, according to Kemper.

The clinic started at 9 a.m., but staff showed up two hours earlier and by that point cars were already lining up, he said. Several veterinary technicians from the local animal hospital donated their time to help the clinic along with local veterinarians 3. The people were Dr Christine Pryor, Dr Carissa Dale and Dr Caitlin Bordelon, he said.

The clinic is the largest community outreach program the shelter has undertaken in terms of giving back to the community. he added

The remaining donations will be used for other projects. The other two projects are the Spay It Forward voucher program and the shelter’s food bank. Kemper added that the shelter continues to accept donations to help keep the program going.


“The hope is through these projects. We will reduce the number of animals in shelters,” he said. Then vaccinating the animals will help offset the costs for those who struggle with feeding the animals.”

He adds that the cost of living is as high as with being Some may struggle to support themselves. thus affecting the ability to raise animals

“It can be difficult even for the middle-class employed who continue to live on salary to salary and anything we can do to help people earn a living… might be the difference. between them who had to surrender their beasts and not surrendering their animals,” Kemper said.

The shelter definitely plans to host the event again, and Kemper said he and shelter staff plan to learn from the event and make it better next time. Although he expected the clinic to be popular. But the number of cases has far exceeded his expectations, he said.

overwhelming enthusiasm from the community while being appreciated leading to abandonment of cars, he said.

“At some point We had to cut it because we ran out of time and resources. And we hope to set up a better system so that we don’t have to reject anyone next time,” he said.

Learning how to manage time and resources will be something staff work on in preparation for the next clinic opening, he said.

The campaign is scheduled to continue until May. which is Allen’s birth month

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