At a time when vaccines are top of people’s minds, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering a new way for the community to make sure their pets don’t miss their own critical medical treatments. Starting in September, the AWLA has been conducting monthly drive-in clinics, providing rabies and distemper vaccines to animals who need them.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “The two-hour clinics are held monthly on Wednesday evenings and have so far have seen 76 pets, administering 138 vaccinations. To register, pet owners reserve a five-minute appointment online in advance at https://alexandriaanimals.org/vaccine-clinics/. When they arrive at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, they are greeted by volunteers who check them in and receive payment. Pet owners remain in the car as, household by household, animals are brought into the shelter’s community room by skilled animal-handling volunteers, where they receive their vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian, assisted by a staff member. An AWLA volunteer then transports the pet back to the owner, who is provided with proof of vaccination as well as information on the AWLA’s other services.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Critically positioned volunteers help keep the drive-in clinics moving. “Dog runner” Jennifer Salan, who ferries dogs from cars to the clinic and back, says it’s all done on the dog’s terms. “You let the dogs go at their own pace, let them sniff, take treats, and if they’re really uncomfortable, we let their people come along to the yard with them,” she said. “So it’s a really accommodating environment.”