BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, CAAWS, has announced a new program to help low-income families get veterinary care for their dogs and cats.
Charles Beard, the organization's financial secretary, says they were awarded a $5,000 gr ant from Banfield Charitable Trust.
"We hope to help at least 100 to 150 a year," said Beard. "[This program] allows us to provide preventative and routine care, vaccinations, heart worm testing for dogs, what's called the combo test for a cat as well as treat minor illnesses."
CAAWS says the program should further their mission to promote responsible pet ownership. They say because some vet bills can total hundreds of dollars, some of those animals that need treatment end up in their shelter. They hope this assistance will keep animals with their owners.
To qualify, pet owners must meet federal poverty guidelines. One an owner's application is approved by CAAWS, they can they make an appointment with a participating vet in Baton Rouge or the surrounding parishes.
CAAWS will then send the vet office a voucher and the vet will send CAAWS a bill.
To fill out an application, visit, http://caaws.org/community/