How in the world could something so good turn out so bad? We’re talking about the now-canceled affordable pet clinic that was scheduled for Rockingham this weekend.
The event, organized by the Humane Society in response to distemper outbreaks, was scheduled to provide free rabies shots and discounted distemper and parvo one-year vaccines. Veterinarians would be available for check-ups at no cost, said the Humane Society, and NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine students were planning to be on hand to practice giving vaccines, which were going to be donated.
Local veterinarians had been told that, as part of the pet clinic participation, each $3 co-pay for vaccinations would go directly to the veterinarians’ practice. Pet owners would also be referred to their respective animal hospitals, in order to ensure a healthier pet population, said Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina State Director for the Humane Society.
By all early accounts, the discounted pet clinic sounded like a real win-win situation for all involved. Instead, it’s proving to be a big loss for everyone — including the community at large.
Pet owners who’d hoped to get their dog or cat looked over and vaccinated, learn a bit about the diseases to look out for when it comes to their pets, and perhaps pick up a few free goodies including leashes and toys, are left empty-handed, and their pets unvaccinated.
The college students lose out on a great learning opportunity.
The vets — who chose not to participate and in doing so forced the event cancellation — lose out on potential customers, and are subjected to the ire of angry pet owners and others who wonder: why?
The vets have defended their lack of desire to participate, with the major point being the pet clinic is unnecessary, and the preferred method of delivering vaccines is to administer long-term vaccinations; shots with the power to keep pets safe for up to 3 years. The shots made available at the pet clinic would have limited staying power, requiring booster shots.
“I’m so disappointed,” Alboum said Wednesday. “It’s really sad … I really feel like the community has been let down.”
And indeed we have.