Sunday is often a day of rest, but this Sunday, July 17, will be busy for a local veterinary hospital – all to help animals in need. That’s when the fourth annual Vets In Action Day will be hosted by Dr. Zoran Radnic and his team at Lifetime Pet Care Practice, a Surrey animal hospital. An initiative started by Burnaby Veterinary Hospital in August 2013, Vets In Action events help homeless animals in need of surgical care, thanks to local veterinarians and volunteers donating their time and space.
“Spays, neuters, lumps and dental surgeries – if we can do it, we will take care of it that day, at no cost to the SPCA or the (city-operated) Surrey Animal Resource Centre,” says Radnic, who notes the surgeries will be paid for through donations, sponsors, and the hospital. “Vets In Action day started with the idea of creating a day when the businesses and people in the veterinary industry could give back to their local communities. Every barrier we can knock down on an animal’s path to adoption helps.”
Last year, the Burnaby hospital’s staff and volunteers performed more than 25 surgical procedures in just one day, at no charge to the BC SPCA. Vets In Action has also raised more than $1,500 for the BC SPCA.
“We can’t begin to thank Dr. Radnic and his team, and all the volunteers, past and present, who have made Vets in Action events possible,” says BC SPCA Burnaby Branch manager Ryan Voutilainen, noting that Burnaby Veterinary Hospital and Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital in Surrey have also hosted Vets In Action days. “We rely upon community support to carry out our services and programs, so this kind of event allows us to help even more animals.”
Financial donations to the BC SPCA as well as donations of pet toys, blankets and kennels will be gratefully accepted at the event, which is located at 110-12101 72 Ave., Surrey, inside the Strawberry Hill PetSmart. There will also be a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with prizes including Whitecaps tickets, winery baskets and pet food, as well as a bake sale with scrumptious treats available by donation. Donations can also be made online, at https://www.gofundme.com/vetsinaction-lpcp. For more information about Vets In Action, visit www.facebook.com/vetsinaction.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.