PetAid Home Outreach
Providing pet healthcare for vulnerable populations unable to access in-clinic care
PetAid Home Outreach, formerly Home Outreach Pet Exams (HOPE), seeks to remedy the issues of access to healthcare for pet owners living on fixed incomes who have personal barriers to receiving care in a veterinary clinic.
Why is this initiative important?
Recognizing the importance of pets in enhancing a person’s well-being, PetAid Home Outreach serves the basic health needs of pets whose owners who have personal barriers to receiving care in a veterinary clinic setting. PetAid Home Outreach strives to:
- provide care for pets that may not otherwise receive veterinary care;
- educate clients in basic home pet care and disease prevention;
- provide peace of mind by reassuring clients that their pets are being cared for properly; and
- counsel clients in non-medical needs of their pets, such as behavior and diet.
How do clients participate in PetAid Colorado?
Potential clients are identified by a PetAid Home Outreach Partner Agency. Clients must:
- have a pet in need of veterinary care;
- have a barrier to the pet receiving care in a veterinary clinic setting;
- be able, with or without support, to provide follow up care to their pet; and
- meet financial eligibility criteria.
All questions about PetAid Home Outreach and whether you qualify can be directed to our PetAid Home Outreach hotline at 720.221.2830. Please leave a message and your call will be returned.
Enrollment in PetAid Home Outreach is limited. Not all applicants are guaranteed services through PetAid Home Outreach. If you are able to receive services in a veterinary clinic setting, but are in need of income-qualified veterinary care for your pet, please call PetAid Animal Hospital at 303.722.5800 ext. 525.
How do I volunteer for PetAid Colorado?
Volunteers must be either a certified veterinary technician or a Colorado licensed veterinarian to participate in PetAid Colorado Home Outreach. All volunteers are asked to participate in a two-hour training session on the program process, basic protocols, home-focused care issues, and guidance on working with PetAid Home Outreach clients.
If you are interested in volunteering for PetAid Home Outreach, please email Tara McChesney or call 303.539.7633.
Wellness and Vaccine Clinic
As part of the Home Outreach program, Wellness and Vaccine Clinics involves teams of volunteers going to a residential site or location that meets PetAid Home Outreach targeted demographics. The clinics provide pets with general wellness exams and vaccines free of charge.
A general exam includes the opportunity to briefly discuss their pet's health concerns and medical history with a veterinarian and/or veterinary technician. Checking the pulse and respiratory rate/body temperature; listening to the heart and lungs for any abnormal sounds; checking the eyes/nose/ears; evaluating the mouth/teeth for dental disease; checking the abdomen and skin for enlarged organs, masses, lumps, or infections; feeling the lymph nodes for normal size. Vaccines provided include: 3-year Rabies, Annual DHPP for dogs, and FVRCP for cats.
If you wish to make a donation to the PetAid Home Outreach program, click here.
Thank you to the following organizations for supporting PetAid Home Outreach in 2012-13 with gifts of $5,000 or more:
The Hadley and Marion Stuart Foundation
The Lauretta Boyd Charitable Trust