Local nonprofit asking for public’s help in supporting Bay Area pet owners

OAKLAND (KRON) — People, Animals, Love and Support (PALS), the nonprofit partner to Oakland Animal Services, is asking for the public’s help so the organization can continue a community service for low-income Bay Area pet owners.

The community service includes free vaccines and low cost to no cost spay and neuter services.

Every month PALS operates a free vaccine clinic that is open to the public for East Bay pet owner in need. The clinic is held on the grounds of Oakland Animal Services, Oakland’s municipal shelter located at 1101 29th Avenue in Oakland.

Every month hundreds of Bay Area pet owners show up. PAWS3

To date in 2016, PALS has cared for almost 1,000 dogs and cats and helped hundreds of low-income owners access low cost or not cost services.

The clinics are run by veterinarians and veterinarian technicians who volunteer their time.

The clinic is playing a valuable role keeping pets healthy and out of the shelters.

PALS executive director explains, “Keeping community pets healthy is key to keeping them out of the shelter in the first place. Medical concerns are one of the top reasons people on limited incomes surrender pets. And of course, the importance of spay and neuter is reducing our homeless pet population cannot be overstated.”

Each month, clinics and assistance with spay and neuter cost PALS an upwards of $3,000. PALS is asking for the public’s support to continue these free clinics for the remainder of 2016. The public can support PALS on their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/freeclinics

More information about PALS is available at http://www.palseastbay.org

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