One four-legged friend at a time, Ph.D. student Dr. Heather Fowler is leveraging her education to give back as a volunteer veterinarian for the pets of low-income and homeless Seattleites.
Learn more about how she’s protecting her profession while serving her community at Doney Coe Pet Clinic in this article entitled “Compassion for Community” written by The University of Washington.
Below is a snippet of the article:
“At about noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, dozens of homeless and low-income Seattleites and their furriest friends start to snake around the block of Pioneer Square’s South Washington Street.
The draw? The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic — a pop-up facility that sets up shop in the Union Gospel Mission and offers free veterinary care from 3–5 p.m. thanks to volunteers like Dr. Heather Fowler, who’s working toward her Ph.D. in the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. With the help of Fowler and other dedicated members of the community, the Doney Clinic aids those who couldn’t otherwise afford veterinary care.
“There are studies that look specifically at the human-animal bond between homeless individuals and their pets,” says Fowler, who received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the UW earlier this year. “In that somewhat unstable environment where you don’t know where you’re going to eat or sleep at any given time, that consistent companion that you know won’t abandon you is really important for mental health and security.”
Check out the entire article at washington.edu.