Many pet owners make the first Help-A-Pet clinic a success

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BENNINGTON — Faint whines were heard throughout the entryway of the First Baptist Church on Sunday evening as dogs and cats waited to be seen for an examination.

Nearly 30 pet owners turned out for the Help-A-Pet free veterinary clinic to get insight from Dr. George Glanzberg and John Resio between 4 to 6 p.m. Gail Glanzberg checked people in while Ernie Lafontaine supplied necessary medication after a medical examination.

"It will be this way [busy] as long as we're able to operate," Lafontaine said. "I think it's a need that will continue."

The clinic team offered treatment for parasites, minor illnesses, wounds and injuries, and conducted basic wellness exams. There is no vaccination provided, but rabies vaccination is an exception, partnered with a wellness exam.

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Buffy, a large, black labrador retriever was brought to the clinic for a potential cyst on his neck that was bleeding. Bennington resident Elizabeth Hughs went with her mother, the dog's owner.

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"I think that it's very great for the community," Hughs said. "Vet expenses are just as bad as a human going. It's very costly. This is a great idea."

Eligibility for the clinic involves utilization of Medicaid, 3 Squares, fuel assistance, Meals on Wheel, or if a primary veterinarian is not affordable. A minimum of two dogs or cats per person is allowed.

Help-A-Pet was started by the Glanzbergs and is expected to continue the first Sunday of each month, until further notice. Dr. Glanzberg is a retired veterinarian with 40 years of experience of operating his own clinic in North Bennington with his wife and assistant. Lafontaine has had a working relationship with Dr. Glanzberg for 10 years.

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The clinic was granted $2,000 from Pets of the Homeless to purchase drugs, supplies and the space, however, contributions are accepted online at or by mail to 74 White Creek Road, North Bennington, VT 05257.

Help-A-Pet was founded monetarily to provide medical care for abandoned and stray animals to then be ready for adoption, and according to the clinic's website, the fund has benefitted many animals in past years, thus birthing the free clinic for further outreach.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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