We would like to share with you another example of how incredibly loving our amazing staff members and clients are. Cindy, who is Dr. Plankenhorn’s Exam Room Tech, brought us the idea of helping the pets of Asheville’s homeless people through the Project Connect 2010 event. Project Connect is an annual one day event that is held in conjunction with the VA Stand Down. The aim of Project Connect is to provide onsite barrier-free services to the homeless population of Asheville-Buncombe while facilitating community awareness and participation. Although Project connect had tried to help the pets of the homeless in past years, there had never been veterinary services available, so Animal Hospital of North Asheville decided to try and help.
Cindy organized the plan. First, using our Facebook page, she asked our wonderful clients to donate dog and cat food that could be distributed to the homeless at the event. Next she and Mary, who is in charge of our inventory, spent a great deal of time contacting our vendors to explain the project and ask for donations of medical supplies, vaccine, flea treatments and food. Since this was a new program for Project Connect, we had no real way to know how many pets or what kind would be presented, but we were advised us to be prepared for 35 pets, maybe a few would be cats, but mostly dogs.
Lots of food as well as other donations were brought in by our generous clients, and we were amazed at the generosity of several of our vendors. Liz Borkowski with Butler Schein brought wonderful gift bags containing various flea control products, food, bowls, leashes, brushes, and toys. John Ballard of Elanco sent Comfortis for treating the dogs for fleas. Chad Trent with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica donated the vaccine that would be needed for both dogs and cats. Hunter Smith with Merial provided Frontline. David Brinton w/Merritt Veterinary Supplies supplied canine and feline Hill’s foods. Animal Hospital of North Asheville would like to sincerely than these wonderful companies and their representatives who shared in our excitement at the opportunity to help these pets.
Cindy stayed tirelessly on the job organizing the products, and planning for the day. Once all the donations were in, she determined the products and equipment that would be needed from our hospital. Our staff members loaded the van on the evening of September 9th and then were at First Baptist Church before seven o’clock the next morning, unloading and setting up. Cindy, Jen, and Laurie, all techs at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, along with Dr. Dennis Golden, our Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist, spent the morning helping these wonderful pets and their people. The support and unconditional love that pets provide is extremely important to all of us and in the absence of a home, if anything, it becomes more valuable. It was an honor to be able to help these loving pets.
We applaud all our clients for their generosity in donating to this cause. We whole heartedly thank Butler Schien, Elanco, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Merial, and Merritt Veterinary Supplies as their donations made this possible. Cindy, Jen, Laurie, and Dr. Golden you are very special people for volunteering your time to help these pets! Thank you, one and all!