BENNINGTON >> On the first Sunday of each month starting on May 1, the Help-a-Pet free clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.
Dr. George Glanzberg, a retired veterinarian saw a demand for families who can't afford treatment for their furry children. To help the community, him and his wife Gail is utilizing a $2,000 grant from Pets of the Homeless to purchase drugs, supplies, the space and other miscellaneous expenses.
"This is for people who can't afford general veterinary care. For stuff like minor eye problems, minor ear problems, digestion, and UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)," Mr. Glanzberg said.
It is also for cats and dogs suffering from other minor illnesses, wounds, injuries, or those who need a wellness exam, vaccination or parasite attention.
The couple hopes to carry out the free clinic throughout the summer, or until funds are no longer available.
"Many people in the community have animals that they can't care for," Mrs. Glanzberg noted. "I know people who work in the community and other folks who are in need. This is our effort to be helpful."
Dr. Glanzberg and his wife have been retired for two years and worked together at his practice that was located at 64 White Creek Road in North Bennington.
"We want to clarify that this isn't a substitute for going to the veterinary hospital," Mrs. Glanzberg said. "We want to give the best care we can. Very basic care."
Volunteers will assist at the clinic including John Resio and Ernie LaFontaine.
For those who are without a home or receiving public assistance, one or two cats or dogs may be brought to this clinic at no cost. Dogs must be in leashes and cats in a portable carrying container.
The First Baptist Church is located at 601 Main St. in Bennington.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.