Mobile vet clinic takes Humane Society services beyond the shelter

The Humane Society of Summit County recently launched MABEL (Making Animals Better and Enriching Lives): a new, state-of-the-art mobile veterinary clinic offering affordable vet care to the residents and pets of Summit County.

Affordable options for veterinary care are often distant from high-need communities and some previously available resources have closed. The Humane Society of Summit County receives numerous calls per month requesting veterinary care, over half of them specific to low-cost spay/neuter services.

National studies show that lack of access to affordable vet care is a leading reason animals are surrendered to shelters. Summit County also has a growing problem with the overpopulation of animals. For example, the Humane Society of Summit County cares for over 1,000 kittens each year.

The MABEL Clinic was developed to address the basic veterinary needs of Summit County. It is the first of its kind in Summit County; a self-contained mobile clinic with the capacity to provide high quality spays and neuters, vaccinations, and microchipping. Services are provided at low-cost and a fund has been developed to provide free services to neighbors who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Donations can be made to the fund at summithumane.org/mabel or by calling 234-212-9775.

The MABEL Clinic will travel to various locations throughout Summit County such as the Akron Zoo, Open M, Akron Urban League, and Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority sites to provide care for pets in the community. Spay/neuter services will be available by appointment and vaccine clinics are available to walk-ins. Since launching in March, the program has provided services to nearly 100 pets.

“We are delighted to serve the animals and residents of Summit County in this way. The need has never been greater,” said President and CEO of the Humane Society of Summit County, Diane Johnson-Owens. “We are always striving to serve our community in a holistic way with the ultimate goal of creating a safer, kinder community for animals.”

The goals of the MABEL Clinic are to keep animals in loving homes and provide resources to Summit County pet owners – particularly those who have not previously had access to veterinary care. For more information about MABEL’s schedule, to request an appointment, and view service pricing, visit summithumane.org/mabel or call 234-212-9817. ∞