EUGENE, Ore. - A new veterinary clinic on Highway 99 in Eugene recently opened their doors for low-income families in need of affordable pet care.
The Community Veterinary Center opened in May as a non-profit clinic dedicated to keeping pets healthy and promoting responsible animal care through education, preventive medicine and community outreach.
Organizers at the center said the new clinic is opening its doors at a time when there is a growing need for affordable pet care in the Eugene area.
"Especially with Lane County Animal Services shutting down and Greenhill is very full," said Torrie Thompson, CVC practice manager. "So what we want to do is help people to be able to keep their pets."
The clinic's primary focus is on preventative care and client education.
"We have vaccines, some of your chronic cases we can handle and a few acute cases," Thompson said.
The non-profit organization does not have surgical or radiograph capabilities at this time. However, they are seeking donations to make these services possible at the clinic.
MandyLou Vigueria of Eugene would always take her dog Maynard to Lane County Animal Services for treatment.
"That was the only one that we could afford," Vigueria said. "I'm a single parent, so three kids is a little bit expensive, and this is my 4th kid."
Now that LCAS is no longer an option, Vigueria turned to the Community Veterinary Center for her dog's skin irritation problem.
"I heard about it and I was excited because they have appointments for low income families and you don't have to bring your animal where there's 38 people waiting in line with their animals," Vigueria said.
Vigueria said had it not been for the new clinic, she doesn't know how she could have held onto Maynard.
"It's affordable to take care of your pets now," Vigueria said. "Making the dog's health a priority is important."
The price for an exam is $25. Other services and diagnostics cost extra.
Starting next week, the clinic will be open both Mondays and Thursdays. The clinic is located at 470 Hwy. 99 in Eugene.
For more information on clinic times and if you are eligible you can call the clinic on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at (541) 636-3324.
More information can also be found on their website at http://www.communityvet.org.