We, humans, are relational beings, and pets have provided loyal companionship, comfort, and friendship to humans. For people who are suffering from homelessness or vulnerably housed, it is no different. In fact, pets may play more important roles in the lives of our most vulnerable population.

Peterborough Veterinary Outreach is a non-profit group that provides access to certified veterinary services for the most vulnerable people in our community without charge. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the group saw an increase in demand for services, as well as increased expenses for personal protective equipment and disinfectants. To provide services, the group depends on donations and grants like the one from the Emergency Community Support Fund made through the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.

Last fall, a man brought in his cat who suffered from seizures. “He was overwhelmed that his cat was finally receiving the treatment that he had been unable to provide,” said Jan Van Der Eyk from Peterborough Veterinary Outreach “The only reason we could help this young man and his cat was because of the funding we have received from the Emergency Community Support Fund.”

The grant from the Community Foundation has helped Peterborough Veterinary Outreach provide services and care for 50 vulnerable people and their pets in our community.

Since the beginning of the global pandemic, we know that local charities are stretched thin, and our community needs your help more than ever. Whether you give $10 or $10,000, we know that we can make a bigger difference by giving together.


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