HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — The nonprofit FETCH a Cure has a new facility to help save the lives of area pets with cancer.
On Tuesday staff members, volunteers and local veterinarians were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Advanced Radiation Treatment Center, a first-of-its-kind veterinary facility in Central Virginia.
It furthers the nonprofit’s mission to give options to families who need help getting cancer care for their dogs and cats.
“So many people cannot travel the distance with a sick pet and the cost involved,” explains FETCH Executive Director Joanne Silverman.
“And having it in their own backyard, and for folks 100 miles surrounding miles surrounding areas, they’ll be able to have easier access.”
Until today, families who chose to pursue cancer care for their pets had to travel to either Leesburg, Virginia or Raleigh, North Carolina for radiation services.
FETCH a Cure offers several programs, including its Companions in Crisis fund. It provides financial assistance to help families pay for life-saving treatments for their pets who have been diagnosed with cancer. According to FETCH, this program strives to provide pet owners with a sense of hope when facing a cancer diagnosis.
The new Advanced Radiation Treatment Center is housed inside The Oncology Service clinic on Staples Mill Road.