A Fredericton chiropractic clinic is trying to promote pet adoption and raise money for the local SPCA by inviting in some furry friends.
Clients of Fredericton Health Source have been getting visits from some adoptable pets during their appointments. Staff hope it will help the dogs coming in find their forever homes.
Chiropractor Dr. Jennie Hersey says she and her colleagues wanted to do something to serve the community. They decided to make August Pet Month at the clinic.
“I think everybody needs help and we just want to show people that we care and we love them and we’re trying to help them out,” Hersey said.
Fascial Stretch Therapist Ryan Wilkie says SPCA staff choose the dogs they think will be a good fit and bring them in for visits.
“Patients seem to love it! They come in and they’ll see the dog and they’ll kind of go right up to it…People really seem to think it’s a great idea,” Wilkie said.
Client Derek Langille and his family had appointments while Kenny, a Sheppard-cross, was visiting. He says it’s great to see the office helping the SPCA and the community.
Fredericton SPCA director of operations Annette James says it’s the first time a business has requested to have pets brought in. She hopes other companies will follow suit to help improve the reach, which could help animals be adopted sooner.
“This was sort of a very unique marrying of like-minded businesses approach. I thought it was really a lot of fun,” James said.
James says there are several other pets up for adoption at the SPCA and she hopes people will come in and take a look at their “fur babes.”
There’s no word yet on how much staff at Health Source raised, but James says the SPCA is in dire need of dish soap, paper towels and antibacterial cleaning wipes.
James says she hopes Kenny finds a great family to call his own. She says he’s a very obedient dog and wants to be someone’s “best bud.”
“Kenny needs a family who’s going to be active and busy with him,” James said, “and want to do activities more than just walks and hikes.”