Church offers medical care for pets

BELPRE – The Dog Days in May reached the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church Saturday with dozens of dogs and a few felines receiving medical care.

“As a church in this community, we were looking for ways to build our community awareness,” said the Rev. Rod Brower with the church at 720 Cement Ave. in Belpre. “We came up with this event, which helps the community by helping their four-legged family members.”

The event included informational booths and demonstrations by the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta as well as Washington County Dog Warden Deputy Kelly Schubert.

Veterinarian Bea Schooley spent more than an hour at the event giving rabies vaccinations and microchips to the dozens of dogs and a few cats brought in by their humans.

“We had a lot of people come out with the weather having calmed down,” Schooley said. “Being part of one of these events allows me to make a difference in tough economic times so people can keep their pets healthy without paying pricey vet bills.”

The rabies vaccinations were given for $11 while microchips were $39 each.

“Microchips are important because pets get lost all of the time,” said Schooley. “Collars come off, but if a pet is lost and has a microchip, they can easily be returned home.”

Brower said the event was originally to be in August, which are commonly called “dog days,” but the committee didn’t have enough time to schedule it.

“We changed it to May and it seems to have done very well,” he said. “We will likely make this a yearly event.”