Capital Humane Society’s New Program Helps Provide Affordable Pet Care

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Preventative pet care can cost hundreds of dollars and the financial burden can be heavy for some pet owners.

In two weeks, Capital Humane Society is launching its new Pawsitive Impact project.

The Pawsitive Impact Project is a community resource program aimed at providing pet owners with sufficient income access to affordable preventive veterinary care for their cats and dogs. The program will also provide income-qualified pet owners with access to pet food and a pantry should they need assistance with pet food and basic pet care supplies.

“We know that pets are family members and are so important in our lives,” said Ruby Mussman, marketing and special events coordinator for the Capital Humane Society. “We also know it can be really intimidating to have to pay for their care.”

This new program will be located at 1626 South Street Suite 3, in the mall that houses Meadowlark Coffee and Open Harvest.

Pet owners who receive assistance like SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits are all eligible.

“Our senior community, if you’re on Medicare and Medicaid, you know having a pet can really make your life better,” Mussman said. “But just as human medical expenses can be very taxing, pet expenses can be too.”

The program will provide these pet owners with access to preventative veterinary care for their pets, such as vaccinations, deworming, preventative tea and microchipping. In addition to veterinary care, pet owners will have access to the program’s pantry.

“Not just dog and cat food, but things like litter, carriers, leashes, collars, and even things like toys,” said Matt Madcharo, acting executive director of the Capital Humane Society. “Maybe someone can’t afford pet toys, and they would love to, but it’s just not in their budget.”

The ASPCA said initial dog care can cost $1,030. For cats, it can cost $455. This does not include food, which can cost $200 or $300 more.

The program will provide care for less than the usual cost. For example, a dog owner can have their pet vaccinated against rabies, DA2PP, Bordetella, microchipped, dewormed, and receive flea and tick preventative treatment for a month for just $40.00. A cat owner can have their pet vaccinated against rabies, FVRCP, microchipped, dewormed, and receive preventive treatment against fleas and ticks for a month for only $25.00.

“Being able to just take your dog or cat in and have all of their preventive veterinary care taken care of at an affordable price will be such a great addition to the community,” Mussman said.

The first date of the program is Wednesday, May 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. The other upcoming dates are Wednesday, May 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Additional dates for the program will be announced shortly.

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