Animal rescue organization offers free pet services to government employees affected by the shutdown

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 18:25:08-05

During the partial government shutdown people are worried about how they’re going to pay for things like their mortgage and utility bills, and caring for their pets can be an added stressor. That’s where the Gulf Coast Humane Society comes in.

“We are going to be offering free rabies shots, booster shots, and also flea and tick prevention,” said Kristen Bily, event coordinator for the Gulf Coast Human Society.

A vaccination clinic is in the works to lighten the burden for families that may be struggling financially.

“When you take that to the vet currently right now that gets pretty pricey,” said Bily.

She adds expenses like pet food, shots, and toys can quickly add up, and she knows firsthand the strain it can create.

As the daughter of a retired Navy commanding officer, we went through it when it first happened,” said Bily.

The organization will keep their doors open late next Tuesday the 29th to accommodate the families looking to take advantage of this offer.

“The facility is offering their services while supplies last and they say anyone wanting to participate must bring appropriate credentials showing they’re currently being affected by the government shutdown.

From now until January 29, people can donate pet food and toys to the organization. Items donated will be given back at their event free of charge.