Two Saturdays a month, volunteers gather at The Union Gospel Mission in Seattle to provide free or discounted veterinary care, as well as pet food and pet care items, for qualified low-income or homeless pet owners. The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic is the legacy of Dr. Bud Doney, who saw a veterinary care need for the pets of homeless people in Seattle. Dr. Doney began to fill that need over 25 years ago, inspiring the formation of The Doney Clinic and it's hard working volunteers.
It is tough for an entirely volunteer run organization to raise interest, funds and donations when competing with flashy non-profits that have paid marketing and fundraising positions. I have personally witnessed The Doney Clinic struggle to please donors who are used to dealing with non-profits with paid employees. It's disappointing. Personally, I've always preferred donating to 100%
Thank you to Blog the Change for Animals and National Volunteer Month and to The Doney Clinic for inspiring this post and the many like it. I am proud to be a part of this blog hop and of the The Doney Clinic.
The Doney Clinic is a cause that is near and dear to my heart because I believe the services they provide helps to keep animals out of the shelter. Clients of The Doney Clinic can still care for their pets despite difficult circumstances. People who have fallen on hard times need their pets more than ever and The Doney Clinic provides a way for less-fortunate people to not only keep their pets with them but to keep their pets healthy. I wish every city had a clinic like Doney!