Options update: Surprise surgery, sweet video, and data showing who visits clinic
Updated: Jun 10, 2021
A miniature pinscher named Surprise recently became lethargic. An exam revealed a rapidly growing mammary tumor. Surprise’s person Terry is retired and on a very limited income. She couldn't afford surgery, which needed to be done quickly. Options removed the mass, and Surprise is now back home with her person – a post-surgery recheck showe
d Surprise is doing great! (See photo of Terry and Surprise below.)
Washoe County Regional Animal Services helped with part of the bill through its CARES program for low-income seniors with pets. Now we’re raising money for the outstanding balance of $450. If you’re able to help with the cost of this little min-pin’s surgery, please donate today – and put “Surprise” in the comment field. Donate today!
See the people and pets Options has helped – short video
We created a 90-second video showing some of the pets (and their people) who have received reduced or free care in our first five months since opening. Click the image below to watch.
New data shows who Options' clients are
When we launched Options, we thought pets of seniors on low or fixed incomes would be one of the main beneficiaries of our nonprofit veterinary clinic. Newly collected data shows this turned out to be true.
About 45% of Options clients are senior citizens seeking help for their pets. About 25% are people working low-wage jobs, 20% are disabled, and the remaining 10% include local animal rescue groups and caregivers for community (aka feral) cats. About 30% of clients who come to Options can’t afford to pay anything and don’t qualify for credit programs while an additional 30% can pay something but need to be set up on a payment plan. Thank you to all who have donated to support Options’ mission to make sure no pet in Northern Nevada suffers for financial reasons!
Options in the news — keeping dogs safe in summer
Dr. Jeff Pearson from Options Veterinary Care was featured in a recent news report on Channel 8 KOLO about how to keep your dog safe from the summer heat. Check it out here.
Thank you for your interest in Northern Nevada’s only nonprofit veterinary clinic!