There are a few great programs formed at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I thought it worth sharing, particularly if you know of someone who would benefit from these programs.
First, they started the Shelter Dog Specialty Medical Treatment Project with a generous financial gift from the Richard Lichter Charity for Dogs . It allows experts at Penn Vet to provide life-saving specialty care to dogs in partnering shelters, who are at risk for euthanasia. Once approved for the program, all medical and diagnostic services are provided for to treat the condition. After treatment they are placed in foster care and become available for adoption. Mr. Lichter did not just provide funding, but he had the vision for the project.
Prior to this project, the Penn Vet Shelter Animal Medicine Program existed. Established in 2006, it provides consultations, education and veterinary support to regional shelters and residents of the Greater Philadelphia community. It has had a significant impact on how many homeless animals are given quality care and permanent placement in homes. It also serves to instruct veterinary students through the shelter medicine process, service learning and community outreach.
Another partnership the school has is with the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. Their aim is to help pets with behavioral problems. Behavioral issues are the leading cause of pet relinquishment. Penn Vet’s Dr. Lilly has begun a special internship at the shelter. There she assesses and treats the resident animals, while establishing a training program for the shelter staff and volunteers. Together with the school, the team aims to monitor the progress and long-term outcomes of the program. Penn Vet also will provide support to adopters by offering post-adoption behavioral counseling.
Francisvale is a no-kill shelter, and is home to many dogs and cats that have lived in the facility for several years. The goal is to help them become more adoptable. The Francisvale Home is located in Radnor, PA. It is one of he oldest no-kill shelters in the U.S.. Since opening their doors in 1909, they have saved the life of tens of thousands of dogs and cats.
Good to know there are programs out there such as these.