The Wheeling Police Department has teamed up with the Chicago Wolves, Heartland Animal Shelter and Reign Total Body Fuel to host a free pet clinic on Saturday at the police station.
The first 500 pets received received vaccines, including kennel cough, rabies, and the 5-in-1 combo booster, and were chipped at no cost.
Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen said there are community members who are underserved when it comes to veterinary care and it is important that people with multiple jobs have the possibility of having their pets vaccinated.
Volunteer and event organizer Jenny Jurcak, whose daughter is a Wheeling police officer, said attendees received toys, treats and food for their pets in addition to vaccines and fleas.
“It’s all about animals,” Jurcak said. “We must also pay tribute to the animals in our family.”