The Miami Veterinary Foundation kicked off the Pet Food Pantry at Project Unleashed on Sunday April 28th, 2019.Our first donation was from Royal Canin. We were blessed with a suburban full of Royal Canin dog and cat food. This donation was big enough to allow us to provide pet food support to all the pet families who attended Project Unleashed in April. We are working hard to continue to provide a source of pet food support.
Project Unleashed is a free for qualified low income and homeless pet owner wellness and basic veterinary care clinic, state licensed as a Limited Services Practice, VL#238. The clinic is held on the third Sunday of every month except in December. Project Unleashed is a program administered by the Miami Veterinary Foundation with the support of multiple collaborative partners. In 2017 Project Unleashed served 595 pets, in 2018 we served 678 pets who would have otherwise not received basic wellness care. We provide vaccines, heart worm testing, heart worm prevention, flea & tick prevention, deworming, medicated shampoo’s and thru our partnership with Miami Dade Animal Services, free spay or neuter services.
We are hosted in Camillus House Homeless shelter. Camillus House provides Project Unleashed with a large office space that accommodates a separate waiting room and 3 exam cubicles. We are fully staffed by volunteers. We never have less than 3 volunteer veterinarians. Our veterinary technicians are volunteer students from the Miami Dade College Certified Veterinary Technician program who receive their clinic training via Project Unleashed. Miami Pet Assistance Coalition offers volunteer support with registration the day of the clinic, pursuing and keeping the registration for spay & neuter services, transport for animals in need, as well as other various duties that arise.
Project Unleashed started as a small, every other month outreach program, to provide veterinary care to the animals who reside with their owners at Camillus House homeless shelter. Staffing consisted of one volunteer veterinarian and one technician who would see approximately 10-20 animals per clinic. In those days the clinic was hosted every other month . On a busy day veterinarians saw 30 animals. Today, we see no less than 35-40 animals each clinic, and upwards of 80 animals on a busy day.
Please check out our Project Unleashed video https://youtu.be/xkKv9PV5McM
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