AWA's Vets on Wheels program works in underserved communities to deliver a variety of pet care outreach services. By going out into the community, we are able to have a direct impact in areas where pet owners are unable to come to us for needed pet care services. Pet owners can get vaccinations, examinations, and help with minor medical conditions as well as access to low cost spay/neuter surgeries. These events are open to all- you don't have to be a resident of that neighborhood.
The Camden County Freeholder Board is graciously supporting Vets on Wheels in the City of Camden. This partnership makes it possible for pet owners to keep their pets healthy. Vets on Wheels builds upon the success of AWA's two-year Pets for Life program in the North Camden neighborhood, the goal of which was to build humane communities by helping animals and the people who love them. PetSmart Charities also supported the Community Pet Program of VOW in 2015. Please read more about the impact of these programs below.
VACCINES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE:
2017 DATES AND LOCATIONS:
March 22, 4-6pm: Yorkship Square, Fairview Neighborhood, Camden (map), Click here for pricing
April 26, 4-6pm: Yorkship Square, Fairview Neighborhood, Camden (map), Click here for pricing
May 24, 4-6pm: Yorkship Square, Fairview Neighborhood, Camden (map), Click here for pricing
June 28, 4-6pm: Yorkship Square, Fairview Neighborhood, Camden (map), Click here for pricing
Community Pet Program
The PetSmart Charities grant that we received in 2015 funded extensive work in the city of Camden in 2016. This support allowed us to expand our efforts to provide veterinary care in the Fairview neighborhood of Camden, from which a large number of animals were being impounded. We spayed/neutered and provided veterinary care to over 574 dogs and cats in Camden in 2016. In addition, at our 24 Vets on Wheels days and 2 larger Community Pet Days we provided vet care to another 652 pets.
By measuring data from the municipal animal shelter, Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS), we can determine the impact of the program. Overall Camden City dog intake to CCAS declined from 2014 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2016 remained level. But, dog intake from our focus area, Fairview, declined between 2014 to 2015 and shows a decline YTD 2015 to 2016.
Cat intake trends also show promise: while intake year-over-year fluctuated that eventually lead to a slight decline, the euthanize of cats from the city declined. Cats from the City section we delivered services to declined 38% over 2014 to 2016.
Our work in 2016 in Fairview shows impact in our continued effort to lower dog and cat impoundment and euthanasia of pets from the City of Camden. Overall intake from the City to Camden County Animal Shelter declined for a third year in a row…after each AWA grant supported effort. Nearly 1000 less dogs and cats from the city are being impounded and therefore euthanized.
Pets for Life
By comprehensively addressing the lack of accessible, affordable pet care in underserved communities, Pets for Life helped keep pets in the homes they already have, improving their quality of life and elevating the human-animal bond. AWA achieved these goals during the grant:
- Helped 781 residents in the 17-block neighborhood
- Provided food, vaccines, microchips and pet supplies to over 1,750 dogs and cats through bi-weekly outreach efforts
- Held several large-scale events in Camden to offer vaccines and other veterinary services (2012-2016)
- Provided over 1180 spay/neuters to pets from the program
From January 2012- November 2014, there was a gradual decline in the number of dogs taken to Camden County Animal Shelter from our core PFL area each year. In 2012, 480 dogs were brought in from Camden City with 54 of them being from our PFL neighborhood, which accounted for 11.25% of all dogs. In 2013, 562 dogs were brought in with 50 of them being from our PFL neighborhood, which accounted for 8.8%. And in 10 months in 2014, 395 dogs were brought in with 24 of them being from our PFL neighborhood which amounted to 6.1%. Each year the total of dogs brought to Camden County Animal Shelter from our PFL neighborhood decreased, and 2014 was half the amount compared to 2013.
Even though the Pets for Life grant has ended, AWA remains committed to our work in Camden through our Vets on Wheels program.
AWA's mobile veterinary clinic