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Pet Tip of the Week: When Veterinary Care is Too Costly (

by Dawn Watson


This economy is tough. You’re working, your spouse is working, and still, you can’t make ends meet. You’re worried about putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. So, what about Fido?

In life there are some very tough decisions and whether or not you can afford to keep your family’s dog is one of them. There are some ways around spending oodles of money just to maintain Fido’s health, however.

  1. The Camden County Animal Shelter (856) 401-1300) offers low-cost Banner vaccinations once a month.
  2. The Animal Welfare Association 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 Phone: 856.424.2288 offers a spay/neuter clinic in addition to other resources.
  3. Brother of the Wolf, LLC (856.981.8957) offers an emergency veterinary fund (The Gary DuBrey Scholarship Fund) for residents of Gloucester City whose financial situation prohibits them from seeking veterinary care for their dogs.
  4. Gloucester City offers free rabies vaccines every year for its citizens' dogs!

There is always a way to keep your dog safe and healthy—you have only to reach out to the proper organizations for help!

If you have any questions please email me at or call me at 856-981-8957. As always, Cleary’s Notebook encourages comments so please feel free to do so.

Wado udohiyu (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner and Lead Trainer, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

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