Community: VET SOS
December 29, 2014 by sfvs
VET SOS provides free veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans and links their human guardians with health care services. Operating since 2001, VET SOS is a project of SFCCC’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) program.
“Kasper & Brandy / Kasper has been Brandy’s guardian for a year, since Brandy’s previous owner decided she didn’t want her anymore. She says that being with Brandy gives her support and a sense of responsibility. Together, they often visit VET SOS clinics to receive veterinary advice and supplies.” Photo credit: Mark Rogers Photography. Photo and caption via the VET SOS website.
VCA SFVS is proud to partner with VET SOS. Each of our interns does at least one rotation with VET SOS during their year with us, and many of our staff volunteer as technicians, assistants and intake (including our referral coordinators Kayleigh and Jen).
Drs. Savitt, Adamson and Bugman, members of our 2013-2014 intern class, volunteering at a VET SOS clinic
“AmeriCorps Project Assistant, Celeste Quintero / Meet Celeste! Celeste is a second year AmeriCorps member who is the Project Assistant for VET SOS. [Also an SFVSer!] With a passion for animals and the clients we serve, she organizes and oversees all of our clinics, ensuring that our clients and patients get the care that they need. She is very proud of VET SOS and holds dear the incredible relationships she is making with our clients and volunteers.” Photo credit: Marlena Hartman. Photo and caption via the VET SOS website.
VET SOS provides free pop-up veterinary clinics 12 times per year using volunteer staffing and a specially equipped mobile outreach van. We think it’s pretty incredible what they do and the services they offer (a recent clinic saw around 50 pets!).
“Volunteer, Bernadette Guirguis / As an AmeriCorps member, Bernadette served as VET SOS’ Project Assistant for two years. [Also an SFVSer!] She says one of her hardest but most meaningful moments was with a long-standing client and her 14-year-old dog. Despite our veterinarians’ best efforts, they finally had to recommend euthanasia. Informing the client was very challenging, but the client was overwhelmed with gratefulness for VET SOS supporting her with end-of-life services for her cherished pet .” Photo credit: Mark Rogers Photography. Photo and caption via the VET SOS website.
We salute the VET SOS team and all the volunteers – VCA SFVS is honored to play a small part in the important work you do!
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