Louisa County non-profit helping low-income families with high vet bills keep their pets

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A non-profit organization in Louisa County is saving animals by helping low-income families care for their pets and keep them out of the shelter.

28fba63ab9374182a2a8d95ed91b0020“Our goal primarily is to help people who can’t afford vet care, to care for their animals and hopefully keep their animals, rather than having to surrender them to the shelter,” explained Susan Levi, Director of the Animal Care Assistance Program, or ACAP.

There is an application process to qualify for ACAP and your pet must be spayed or neutered.

Levi says her organization gets a lot of cases from animal control.

“If they get a call about an animal that’s being neglected and they go out and see maybe the people are well intentioned but it’s a financial issue, they will contact us or refer people to us, and we can try to help them out,” she said.

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Levi says ACAP also helps to transport pets to the vet, which can be a real problem being in a rural area like Louisa County.

Besides helping out financially, Levi says their big goal is to educate people about pet needs and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy.

“It’s made a big difference in a lot of people,” Levi said. “They’re their babies and we’re glad that we can help them.”

Click here to volunteer or to find out if you qualify for the Animal Care Assistance Program.

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