GLENDALE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Veterinarian Dr Ashley Casida takes care of a lot of dogs and cats, but the past year has been particularly difficult, with so many pet owners struggling to pay the bills during the current health crisis.
“I think it hit a lot of families hard,” Dr Ashley said. “We have a lot of people who come in and have a habit of doing everything for their pets, and now they come in and their pet is sick, but saying to us, ‘I just lost my job’ or, ‘ I was out of work for 6 months. ‘ We see a lot more. “
The benevolent veterinarian has made it his mission not to refuse sick or injured animals.
A few months ago, Louise Pennartz was told that her lab, Pepper, needed emergency surgery and it would cost $ 1,000, money Pennartz did not have. But Dr Ashley performed the procedure anyway, choosing to sort out the financial issues later.
“I want to thank you and I want other people to know about her and the clinic,” Pennartz said. “They are open to help the public.”
Sun Valley Hope Animal Hospital in Glendale promotes itself as a low cost option, helping pet owners who can’t always afford what their dog or cat needs.
Dr Ashley said their services aren’t free, but they understand the challenges many families face. They even created a HOPE donation fund to raise contributions to help pet owners in need.
“Our goal is to try to keep the animal in the household, to keep it in the family,” Dr Ashley said. “I don’t want to separate anyone from their animal. If we can help this by treating a pet inexpensively while providing quality care, we will.”
Pennartz was so grateful for what Dr Ashley did to save her dog, that she contacted CBS 5 to pay him to the vet and give him a $ 500 gift card.
A CBS 5 news crew followed recently to the surprise. “I know you for all the good you have done for all of us and all you do for all of your patients and all of your fur babies,” said Pennartz. “You’re just such a compassionate person, you sat down with us when we had to take one down and one that died.”
“We thank you for all you have done,” said Pennartz. “With Channel 5 and its Pay it Forward program, I would like to give you $ 500.”
“She’s just compassionate,” Pennartz said. “She is sincere and she has helped a lot of people”
For more information on how to contribute to the Animal Hospital’s “Hope Fund”, click HERE.
Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5. He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5’s Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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