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The Low Cost Vet Mobile has provided ten years years of humanitarian work for animals in several states and countries. From Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, superstorm Sandy, to operating the first and only 24/7 Animal HelpLINE, to transporting hundreds of animals from the gas chambers of southern United States to adoption in the north, to sending veterinarians to far away countries to train the veterinarians there on how to spay and neuter. We believe you will enjoy seeing for yourself what one can accomplish with competent management, passion, and integrity and hope that you will join our purpose and meaning of life by helping the most vulnerable and the most innocent on the entire planet.
Ch 1's New Yorker of the Week, Vet Mobile supporter Harris Bloom
When the Low Cost Vet Mobile launched it was tetering on bankruptcy,as we had expected. But Stewie to the Rescue Foundation founder Harris Bloom came to the rescue. Not only to the rescue of the animals by subsidizing the costs of hundreds of animals whose pet parents or rescuers could not afford even our low cost prices, but Mr. Bloom rescued the Vet Mobile program itself. Because our mission is not to turn any animal away, which could not possibly have been accomplished without Harris Bloom.
Best Friends Magazine article on the Low Cost Vet Mobile
Best Friends Sanctuary is one of this nations most respected and largest animal charities, with offices and programs in numerous states. They even had their own regularly scheduled TV program on the Animal Planel channel. We were thrilled to be featured in their newsmagazine as it would get the word out nationally to rescue organizations on how to duplicate our success here in New York City by launching low cost veterinary services, which are needed in every major urban region of the country.
Ch 12 news report about free Vet Mobile vaccine clinic in the Bronx
With the challenging economy many, perhaps most, pet parents have been forced to save money every which way possible, and usually delaying vaccinations for their best frends is one way. But thanks to partnering with the ASPCA, the Low Cost Vet Mobile and the ASPCA subsidized numerous free vaccination days in each borough in 2013. As a result we caught many other medical issues which pet parents were unaware of, such as eye and ear infections, mammary tumors due to failure to spay, skin conditions, and a host of other issues which, once aware, pet parents are more prone to get treatment for.
Russian TV's half hour news report about the Low Cost Vet Mobile
Even in Russia the Low Cost Vet Mobile's success had been heard, causing Russian television to send a television crew to produce a half hour documentary on how we reduced animal euthanasia in NYC. Russia, especially Moscow, has a terrible stray dog population problem, which has never been solved with decades of "catch and kill" policies of the former Soviet Union. Russians are big animal people and now perhaps they will be able to follow the lead of New York City, to provide low cost full veterinary services for pet parents as a way of getting people to adopt animals instead of ignoring their plight in the streets.
Dogster.com article about Vet Mobile reducing euthanesia
The word is getting out on how to reduce the shelter killing of dogs and cats, and articles such as the one Dogster.com published is the reason. In this article we predicted the reduction in animal control euthanasia in New York City and several years later, it turned out to be almost right on target. New York City is now the lowest per capita euthanasia region in the country, and has also broken the lowest record ever set. Euthanizing just. .8 dogs and cats per 1000 residents, NYC beat the previous record of 1.3 held by San Francisco.
Uptowner magazine article about the Low Cost Vet Mobile
Columbia University' School of Journalism publishes an online magazine. Their reporter visited us several days and performed in-depth research about our Low Cost Vet Mobile services and published the findings in their online publication Uptowner. The article consisted of interviews with our clients, staff and veterinarians.
WCBS TV news live in-studio interview on Vet Mobile launch
On July 26, 2009 the first and still only low cost full service mobile veterinary hospital launched in New York City. Almost 100 people and their best friends showed up and it has not stopped, five years and 17,000 animls later. Structured exclusively for those who cannot afford market rates for veterinary services and surgeries, the Low Cost Vet Mobile serves limited income pet parents, those who rescue animals from the streets or abusers, and those who adopt animals from animal shelters which are forced to euthanize due to lack of space or time to adopt out their animals. Accordingly, our prices are very low to enable lives to be saved.
NY Daily News article on one of the 500,000 calls we have handled
Our 24/7 HelpLINE received a call from an incompetant pet parent in Bushwick who was too lazy to walk her dog, so she allowed very young kids in the neighborhood to do so for her. Her dog had been chased off the roof of a 4 story building onto concrete by the kids. The pitbull was almost dead, with two broken legs, blood spewing from his nose, a broken jaw. This pet parent had had a previous dog to whom the same thing had happened but that dog had died from the fall. Read the happy story and watch this dog on our CBS news interview above.
WINS radio report on our Hurricane Gustav dog rescue transport
Exactly three years after Hurricane Katrina, when we were in Louisiana being awarded the Free Spirit Award by the Humane Society of Louisiana at the New Orleans City Council for our Katrina efforts, Hurricane Gustav hit.We organized a 6 state, 5 vehicle deployment and rescue transported over 50 dogs to New York, Florida, and Colorado. Listen to the live radio interview as we were driving back, almost stuck on the highway with no gas anywhere on the east coast, with dozens of animals' lives in our hands, and no sleep for days on end.
NY Daily News article on our first hurricane Katrina rescue dog
Gonzalez, Louisiana, 50 miles outside of New Orleans was where the animal rescue first responders were based, a place called Lamar Dixon. Hundreds of humane organizations and volunteers slept on rocks in 100 degree heat and humidity, such that almost all who came would leave within 1-2 days, and others would end up at the hospital with heat stroke. Under those conditions we stayed one week to feed and water the surviving animals, and brought back the very first Katrina rescue dog to NYC, aptly named Katrina.
Ch 12 news report on our Katrina dog transport from Louisiana to NY
WHUD news report on our hurricane Gustav dog transport to NY
Four days and nights of driving 34 dogs and 9 cats, with little food and almost no sleep, but we finally made it. We distributed these helpless souls to shelters in the north, including Ulster County SPCA and Elmsford Animal Shelter. It took 8 hours just to feed and walk the 35 dogs, which over a period of four days of driving, one can appreciate why we had to do it all on no sleep, working 24/7 for days on end.
We drove 23 dogs from Louisiana to New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Gustav caused them to be abandoned at a small animal shelter in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, who would have euthanized them all. Listen to the news report on WHUD radio as the dogs arrived in the north at Elmsford Animal Shelter.
WPVI TV Philadelphia report on Katrina dogs we saved from Louisiana
Four days and nights of driving 34 dogs and 9 cats, with little food and almost no sleep, but we finally made it. We distributed these helpless souls to shelters in the north, including Popcorn Park Zoo in Tinten Falls, NJ. It took 8 hours just to feed and walk the 35 dogs, which over a period of fours days of driving, one can appreciate why we had to do it all on no sleep, working 24/7 for days on end.
NY Newday article on our first Katrina rescue dog to come to NY
Having seen dozens of dead and drowned and starved and melted dog and cat carcasses at Hurricane Katrina, we came across a neighborhood with dozens of live dogs abandoned in their back yards, who had gone two weeks with no food nor water in 120 degree heat and 100 % humidity. This newspapre report is about one of those dogs who became the first Katrina rescue, one of hundreds over the next four years. Appropriately, we named the tail wagging lovely Pitbull Katrina, who got adopted by a wonderful family in Brooklyn.
WBRZ T V Louisiana news report on our first responder effort at hurricane Katrina
We organized a six state, four vehicle animal rescue deployment to Hurricane katrina, bringing along supplies, generators, air conditioners, and even a power boat. Arriving in New Orleans on the 11th day after the disaster had struck, we were the first people to enter the flooded St. Bernard Parish after the National Guard had evacuated all the people. The death and suffering of house pets that we saw was unimaginable. We rescued as many as possible and left one week later, only to return over and over again for the next four years, bringing homeless animals to the North for adoption. We had been to a war zone and our conscience could not let us return totally. Hurricane Katrina had changed us forever.
Our Op-Ed about Pitbulls published in the NY Daily News
Pitbulls have increased in population from 1% of dogs to 6 %, and in the process have obtained a reputation which may not be as accurate as publicly perceived. Moreover, the reason for this reputation may not even be due to the dog breed, but rather those who breed and raise them. We wrote a well-researched opinion piece for the NY Daily News which may surprise you when you examine the truths behind the myths.
What the media did not report about hurricane Katrina
The major media glossed over the real victims of Hurricane Katrina, an estimated 1 million dogs, cats, horses, cows, sheep, ducks, and every other imaginable animal killed. They died from drowning, heatstroke, starvation, eaten by other animals desperate to find food, shot by police and citizens alike, to name a few. We interviewed personally with Anderson Cooper on the ground in St. Bernard Parish as we were rescuing animals and we were standing by live with Wolf Blitzer,seconds before going on air, but they did not broadcast what we had seen because it was too horrific. Now you can see those who lived there, who'se animals perished, tell it like it was.
Romanian newspaper article on our training of Veterinarians
We sent two Armenian veterinarians to Romania to train at a Spay and Neuter clinic in Romania, which was reported by a major Romanian daily newspaper. Thanks to our philanthropic Board member at the time, Herman Hintiryan, we constructed a new animal hospital in Armenia and brought heat and hot water to an existing animal shelter which had 250 dogs. We spayed and neutered 125 dogs and had the tacit cooperation of the Mayor of the capital city of Yerevan. Unfortunately, the usual third world dishonesty doomed our efforts for a long term presence in Armenia.
Three decades of TV news reports influencing public policy & behavior
Up to the 1990s it was impossible to get any animal story on television news. The intentional subway running over of Token, a German Shepherd mix,by a subway dispatch supervisor in order to end the underground rush hour traffic jam, was the first TV news report on animals. And we caused it by holding a demonstration and demanding criminal prosecution and suing the MTA.Watch that historic TV news report and numerous others which followed due to Token's horrific and unnecessary death due to MTA's incompetence and animal cruelty.