Community Foundation funds mobile veterinary clinic

Great Tails Animal Rescue received $10,300 from the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for a mobile veterinary clinic. The clinic will serve the Itasca County area for a two-day animal care event including a portable surgery and clinical exam area.

“While Great Tails has suspended the mobile veterinary clinic services in response to COVID-19 guidelines, the services that Great Tails Animal Rescue offers are in high demand,” says Brianna Spry, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Program Administrator. “They are great advocates for domestic animals in our communities. Great Tails Animal Rescue still functions in our area. Please check out the Great Tails Animal Rescue Facebook page for the most up-to-date information – and of course, photos and contact phone numbers.”

Great Tails Animal Rescue provides temporary shelter and veterinary care for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals of Itasca County, Minnesota, and surrounding areas, with the purpose of finding loving, permanent homes.

Mobile Clinic

The mobile spay, neuter and vaccination clinic supports Great Tails goal to advocate for domestic animals in our community by providing spay and neutering services, education and resources, and encouraging essential veterinary care.

Once our local quarantine and COVID-19 health and economic crisis have subsided, the Great Tails Animal Rescue will find resources to conduct a mobile veterinary clinic in the Itasca Area. Mobile clinics have been offered in various rural areas. A mobile clinic sets up a portable surgery and clinical exam area with licensed veterinarians and medical technicians that provide vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. The plan would be to have the clinic available to all area residents without income limitations at a minimal fee

Great Tails Animal Rescue also hopes to provide open opportunities for people to get to know Great Tails Animal Rescue and visit with and adopt the wonderful pets they have rescued. “We were scheduled to be at the Central Square Mall just before everyone was asked to quarantine in place,” notes Shannon Antilla, of Great Tails Animal Rescue. “We hope to get back to where we can be out in the community soon.”

Funding was provided from the Blue Heron Fund, Larry and C. Jeanne Cook Memorial Fund and Barzen Fund.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the good work we do, and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?”For more information, schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.

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