By Jason Palm, D.V.M.
[sws_picture_frame95 src=”http://petplanetmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dr.Palm_AskaVet.jpg” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”” album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame95] Everyone has seen commercials with dogs and cats locked up in a shelter. There is a sad song playing in the background and the voice urges you to adopt. While these videos tug at the heartstrings, how many of us actually take the time to visit a homeless animal with the intention of providing a home? The need for pet adoption is real. And the recent economic crisis has forced even more dogs and cats into despair. More animals than ever are being left behind, thrown out or even intentionally harmed. We are doing everything possible at Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic to assuage this new epidemic of homelessness.
Two years ago, we noticed an influx of homeless animals in need of medical care. We have since established Cane’s Crossing, Inc., a non-profit organization intended to provide assistance to the animals that need it most. We then use our existing clientele and
social networking tools to try and place these animals into new, caring homes. My staff and I always get a profound sense of satisfaction whenever we help an animal that would otherwise have no chance at a happy life. We have treated very young kittens that were trapped in a wall for days, helped many dogs with heartworm infections., and we have treated dogs and cats with hair so badly matted by fecal matter they could barely walk. If you read the adoption section, “Operation Planet Rescue,” in the back of the magazine you can learn about our most recent rescue, “Balto.” He is a very special dog who has been medically treated and is currently up for adoption.
For more information regarding Cane’s Crossing, please visit the Hiawassee website at www.hiawassee-vet.com. Once there, scroll down to the lower right hand corner and click the button marked “Cane’s Crossing.” You can also become our fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/canescrosssing) to receive the most current
updates regarding adoptable pets and events. All other questions or concerns can be directed to the Cane’s Crossing email account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are heavily committed to making pet miracles come true and we are very proud of our success!