DuPage County Animal Services unveils specialty Veterinary vehicle

DuPage County Animal Services unveils specialty Veterinary vehicle

DuPage County Animal Services unveils specialty Veterinary vehicle

DuPage County Animal Services and DuPage Animal Friends today unveiled a new, state-of-the-art, 26-foot, specialty veterinary vehicle for DuPage County Animal Services (DCAS).

The specialty veterinary vehicle is the result of a donation from the Brooks McCormick Jr. Trust for Animal Rights Law and Policy to DuPage Animal Friends, made possible by DuPage Animal Friends board member Amanda Yancey.

The specialty veterinary vehicle is equipped with a fully-operational surgical suite, treatment/exam area, and housing for cats and dogs.

Moxie, pet dog, puppy

The vehicle is capable of supporting mobile spay/neuter and other surgical procedures, dentistry, diagnostic procedures such as X-ray, blood work, grooming, microchipping, vaccinations and more. When not providing medical services, the vehicle can also double as a mobile adoption unit.

“For the first time ever, DCAS will be able to provide targeted mobile spay/neuter and veterinary services to our rescue partners and to the public, provide medical assistance via emergency disaster response and mobilize our humane education and adoption efforts,” said Animal Services Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski. “This vehicle is a game-changer for animals and pet owners in and around DuPage County.”

The specialty veterinary vehicle will allow Animal Services to further their mission of “saving animals and serving people” by getting assistance and resources to pet owners where it is most needed. The vehicle also furthers the goal of keeping animals healthy and in their homes, preventing animals from being relinquished to the shelter.

The vehicle will allow Animal Services to reach new audiences with humane education programming out in the community and will provide emergency veterinary assistance, even to other counties and municipalities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

“Amanda Yancey is our animals’ new guardian angel,” said DuPage County Animal Services Administrator Dr. Barbara Hanek. “Without her, this tremendous gift would not have been possible. We are truly thankful for Amanda and the Brooks McCormick Trust for making this dream come true.”

Mobile veterinary services for DCAS rescue partners and mobile humane education services will begin this month. Mobile spay/neuter and veterinary services for the public are expected to kick off in Spring 2019. Information about DCAS and its programs and services can be found at www.dupageco.org/animalservices.

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