Local organizations offer a free veterinary clinic for pets

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Remote Area Medical, along with Young Williams, UT teachers and students, all came together on Saturday to provide free veterinary services to pet owners in Knoxville.

Pet owners large and small have taken to outside Gresham Middle School to get their furry friends vaccinated for free.

Sherry Whitehead owns a 17 month old baby named Rocky. When she got him he weighed only 8 pounds, but on Saturday he weighed 76 pounds.

Whitehead said, “We saved him from a shelter in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

Rocky is one of four pets the family has, all of whom are rescued. Whitehead said it was important to take charge of the rescues because they are the ones who need love the most.

“They are our children and they all get along very well. It’s like a recreation all the time, ”Whitehead said.

Vet Dr Becky DeBolt said vaccinations for cats and dogs are just as important as they are for humans.

Dr DeBolt said: “Just like humans, it is easier to prevent a disease than to try to treat it and animals certainly have an infectious disease circulating. “

They are able to provide free resources through the PetCo Foundation. Not only do they offer free vaccinations, but also other services.

“It is important to get them registered for sterilization and sterilization if they haven’t already been,” said Dr DeBolt.

Services that many pet owners are grateful to provide for free.

Whitehead said, “When you have that many in a household, vaccines are expensive and it’s a great resource to help them get what they need. “

UT students also got real world experience taking care of some of the animals.

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