THE DREADED PARVO VIRUS WAS RAMPANT AND SPREAD VERY FAST OVER PALM BEACH COUNTY, STARTING IN MARCH AND FINALLY EASING UP AT THE END OF JULY.
It basically affects young unvaccinated dogs, or grown dogs whose immune system is low. It is spread by body waste from an infected dog. It is alive in grass and the ground for up to 9 months. The only thing that will kill it is bleach. Do not walk young puppies or unvaccinated dogs through grassy areas. Puppies will have some immunization after receiving it's third Puppy shot.
Low cost Mobile Vaccination Clinics will be held again this year.
Locations and times are being planned now. Check back soon
WE NEED SPONSORS, TO ENABLE US TO HOLD MORE OF THESE CLINICS. $1,000 covers the cost of a free clinic. Insurances, doctor fees, vet technician, and free nedications. Corporate sponsors get special recognition. We cannot hold these clinics unless we have a sponsorship. Please help.
OUR FIRST FREE MOBILE CLINICS
March 31st 2012 and April 1st 2012, we held two Free clinics, these were made possible by the generosity of Arthur Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue.
On Saturday the first clinic was held in Lake Park, Our mobile clinic arrived right at 2pm, we were amazed to see how many people were waiting for us. As soon as Doctor Melendez arrived the clinic got into full swing. We treated a total of 49 pets. Most had flea related problems, some had very bad ear infections. Due to the fact that so many people were already waiting, and only one doctor was working, the wait time ran into almost 2 hours. Everyone who came was very grateful and happy to wait, even through a heavy down pour. The last patient was seen at 6pm, we gathered up our items, packed the clinic and drove home, feeling that we had made a difference to some animals.
Sunday April 1st, we were better prepared for what to expect, or so we thought. Our vehicle did arrive a little late due to not being familiar with the Lake Worth Area, and all of the one way streets. When we pulled in we would say we were flabbergasted to see the lines and lines of owners waiting with their dogs. One small dog stood out with terrible skin issues, red raw and open sores. Many, many ear infections in dogs and cats, and again lots of flea related problems. At the end of Sunday our Doctor Melendez had seen 73 pets. Needless to say some had to wait several hours, but everyone waited patiently and appeared very happy to just hang out. It was a pleasant day and a cool breeze blew through the Cultural Plaza, where we were parked.
We finished up at 6.45, and on the dirve home a great feeling of pride and satisfaction was felt by all, it was tiring and busy but very rewarding to know that we had helped so many needy pets.
We will now be approaching corporations to sponsor more of these much needed clinics. The cost to hold each clinic was in the region of $1000. Without the kind sponsorship of Arthur Benjamin, of American Dog Rescue we would not have been able to hold these clinics.
A LICENSED VETERINARIAN WAS ON BOARD TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES.
Minor injuries and minor wound care
Skin irritations and abrasions
Minor eye irritations and infections
Coughs and sneezes
NO VACCINATIONS, OR DIAGNOSTIC WORK WAS AVAILABLE.
COMING SOON. STARTING IN MAY 2012
Mobile vaccination clinics will be added, watch our site for locations and times.