We are a nation of pet lovers but, letâ€™s face it, taking proper care of a dog or a cat can be expensive. Food, treats and toys all can be expensive - but the real cost is providing medical care for our beloved companions. The price of rabies vaccinations - by law a must - teeth cleanings, check-ups and spaying or neutering can add up and few of us have health insurance for our pets, as we do for ourselves.
Thatâ€™s why it was so important - and such a generous gesture - that a group of pet doctors pooled their resources and recently offered the â€śBig Fix,â€ť a spay and neuter clinic, where the charge was only $20.17.
The sponsors included the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation, Banfield Pet Hospital, New Britain Police and the city of New Britain.
And this isnâ€™t the first time theyâ€™ve done it. The clinic started in 2012 and came to the city in 2015.
Dr. Arnold Goldman of the Canton Animal Hospital, one of the volunteers, pointed out that the city has no veterinary clinic and that owners who are financially challenged find it difficult to travel to surrounding towns. The result has been over-population and, sadly, the need to euthanize unwanted dogs and cats, especially those that the owners canâ€™t afford to keep.
Thus, this medical service helps those for whom their pets are beloved - and perhaps only - companions as well as families who hope to share with their children the love of a animal.
And, perhaps most of all, it helps the volunteers who rescue stray dogs and cats and try to provide for them.