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As a veterinary practice, we engage in a house call practice paired with a dedicated hospital space in the facility. Our main focuses include preventative maintenance as a promoter of wellness, appropriate home care or hospitalization and support for illness and injury, hospice care, elder care, behavioral training and retraining, education and assistance with accommodation of disabilities and chronic disease care. We see cats, dogs, birds of all species, rabbits, rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, reptiles, turtles, tortoises, companion pigs and small ruminants such as goats. What started out as an interim solution to a move has proven very popular by both patients and clients who are much less stressed in their own surroundings for routine and preventative care. This has also allowed us to streamline the space we use for more difficult hospital patients, thereby allowing more personalized attention but keeping our budget in check so allowing us to maintain instead of raising prices in today’s economy!
We offer in home or at work house call support, day care and overnight boarding at our facility, recommendations for community resources as well as family oriented solutions in chronic and cost prohibitive situations among many other creative but safe and personal solutions for our patients and clients.
One of our unique programs is the home hospice and elder/disability care support programs and we are very proud of these additions to the services we offer. We feel those animals requring assistance due to terminal illness, chronic disease, age or disability needs deserve a support network which can help them live comfortable and quality lives! We offer assistance with training and support for oxygen needs, fluid administration/management, comprehensive pain and emotional stress management, nutritional support ( both IV and feeding assistance), physical therapy and other rehabilitative practices, massage and comfort. We will happily meet with families for a consult to discuss their family, the patient and talk with your veterianarian as well if we’re not your primary care provider to tailor a program which best meets your animals and family’s needs! Previously, these animals really could only be cared for in hospital unless they had dedicated family support. Our goal is to find a solution for all animals to be helped in the comfort of their home as much as is responsibly possible!
We offer in house consultation coupled with referral to community trainers and schools as appropriate for each individual patient. Initially, we will recommend a consult with examination to rule out medical issues as a cause and to properly assess the behavior and the environment. This is one of the services we feel is greatly facilitated by a house call approach. We can see the patient and his/her family, environment and other factors which ALL play a role in both the development of behaviors as well as the treatment approach. Barking, biting, inappropriate urination/defecation and other behavioral concerns often have more than one cause so seeing a patient at home allows us to evaluate everything which might be causing and promoting problems to begin with.
Subsidized spay/neuter programming: Our spay and neuter programming is temporarily unavailable while we procure stable funding. Please check back regularly for updates. We have always paid for this out of our own revenues and, unfortunately, that is too expensive. Want to help with funding? Give us a call today!
Microchipping and retrieval when lost/abandoned: All animals spayed or neutered at our facility, however, still can be traced back to us by microchip number. Our ferals and adoption animals ( ours and any affiliated organizations) are registered directly to the foundation. Private animals which have been microchipped during their neutering procedure will have the guardian listed as a primary contact and the foundation as a secondary. If these animals ever are lost/abandoned or otherwise end up in the animal control facility or at another veterinary clinic, we will be called and we will reach their guardian or retrieve them ourselves. Our programming provides not only the benefits of neutering but also the long term safety net of ensuring that they will NOT be killed in the animal control facility due to unreachable numbers, abandonment or other confusions. Over the years we have routinely rescued animals from the kill facility and either returned them home or cared for them until an adoptive family can be found. Currently, we have over 70 animals in our care, some with special needs, which are looking for loving, permanent homes.
ACF adopts out all species of animals as they come to us. Cats tend to be the largest population abandoned into the system or the environment. Kittens still account for a large population of our adoptive family due to less consistency in neutering of family and neighborhood cats. Dogs tend to be next in line with the larger and especially the behaviorally challenged animals being more common. Birds, rabbits, reptiles, tortoises and other species are much less common but we do house and find homes for these animals as well as they come to us. We do NOT charge a fee but our application and interview process is extensive to ensure that these animals for whom we have taken responsibility, have the best chance to find a permanent home in a family whose needs and wants meet the animals needs and wants. We do not just “sell” the kids to the next person who thinks they’re cute or sweet or funny. We will take the time to find out how your family lives and interacts. Are you active or more at home and quiet? Have you had an animal that was adopted previously? What measures and family planning is in place in the event of family or animal emergencies ( including medical injurires and illness), natural disasters and moving… Not all families will be adopted to, but we will explain exactly why we felt you weren’t “ready”. We hope you can take that information and move forward as an animal parent. We also will make recommendations for animals based on your family. Too many times people look stricly for things like a specific color or a boy as opposed to a girl. Just as these are becoming only part of the search parameters in the many matching sites for humans ( mates and children as well), personality and lifestyle parameters account for a good percentage of important topics when adding an animal family member. Active dogs and sedentary families, old animals and old parents with no support, kittens and kids are not great matches….. But, if a family is willing to learn, there are ways to accomodate the roadblocks if you’re set on an animal not so conducive to your life and there are better matches out there as well which you might not have even considered. Its our job to help you make the best addition for everyone. That is what helps promote stable, permanent homes and we actively engage in and promote this concept of adoption.
Fostering is central to helping ill, injured, disabled, elderly, behaviorally challenged and other at risk populations like babies. We work very hard to provide a more home like environment at our facility. The kids are not caged here once they get past quarantine, but there is nothing like a one on one situation which only a foster situation can provide. Fostering is one of the greatest gifts you can give an animal who is healing or who just is having problems with the communal lifestyle of a shelter. If you are not a permanent resident or are unsure if you can be responsible for an animal for his or her entire life given your current situation, consider helping foster animals who need a little help right now to heal or need a more singular lifestyle. We ask that all of our fosters be willing to participate in the adoption process. We want you to actively help us talk with adoptive parents, meet them, etc. We will teach you, support you and screen all initial requests, but in the end, you will know this animal better than anyone and the information that you can provide us and potential parents is invaluable to proper matching. Of course, we are especially in need of those with the heart and love to give to the elderly, disabled, behaviorally challenged and babies. These are some of our most at risk populations and it takes a special person to help these kids heal, learn and adapt to a better life!
Volunteers are incredibly important to helping keep nonprofit organizations clean, safe and running. Nonprofits never have enough staff and always have too many they need to help! That’s just the way it is. Volunteers are the bridge that helps any nonprofit do more with less! Can’t have an animal in your life or don’t want the responsibility of living with an animal but still want to help animals in need? There are SO MANY things you can help us help them with it’s mind boggling. Don’t wait for tomorrow or next month. Just call us! You don’t have to be here every day and you don’t have to do something that would cost us bunches of money. You just have to be willing to help and we can find some way to make you a valued, productive addition to our support team! But remember, you have to contact us. We don’t know you want to help or what you can do until you do! And, honestly, you will be surprised that you also will benefit from your experience. Some people learn things they never knew. For some, it’s socializing with people like them and for some, it’s just that great feeling that you get when you help just because you can!
This is a very diverse service and never the same from one animal or family to the next. We will however, always start out with an interview to determine exactly what’s going on, what we can do, what you should do and what other resources might be available so that the situation has the best outcome for the animal at risk. Just want to drop an animal and move on with your life? This is not your programming. Want to learn how we can help you help yourself and the animal? Give us a call!