Healthy organizations evolve with the needs of their community. Through that growth, foundational programs also improve. One thing that has remained the same for over 60 years is that there is a critical need for reduced cost spay/neuter services for owned animals in the Upper Valley UVHS continues to provide spay/neuter services for vulnerable pets—even in a pandemic! In fact, for 2021, we will offer 2-3 additional clinics for about 15 clinics this year.
At each clinic, 30-40 animals are spayed or neutered. They receive rabies vaccinations and flea reatments if needed. This year, we will spay/neuter over 500 animals. Dedicated volunteers make these clinics possible. Many volunteers return month after month, arriving early in the morning to spend a full day welcoming clients, clipping nails, caring for pets while they wake up, cleaning messes, doing laundry, and making sure everything runs smoothly.
We want to introduce you to a few of these unsung heroes. In their own words, they will tell you why this work is so important to them.
“Volunteering at the UVHS clinics allows me to
help the people and pets of the Upper Valley live happier and healthier lives.” – Sally H.
“I love the animals, mostly the cats! It makes me feel good to give back to a nonprofit. I’m retired so I have the time. And I love the people at UVHS too! I started with cleaning out the cages and eventually signed up to help out at the clinics. I’ve learned so much.” – Clare F.
“I love the volunteers and staff at UVHS. And I
enjoy being around the animals too. My work, Geokon, allows me to come and volunteer a few times a year. I choose to volunteer my time here because I love the animals.” – Jessica D.
Thank you to all of our volunteers! We could not do the important work of caring for animals in need without their kindness and dedication. If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer at UVHS, visit our Volunteer page.