Compassion for Communities and their Pets
Lakefield Veterinary Group understands the impact that community involvement can have in helping animals that enrich our lives. Our mission is to create, deliver, and support programs that nurture healthy relationships between pets and people, including community outreach, education, and services. Our commitment allows us to help improve the lives of both pets and their human companions through our communities and beyond. Every year we donate to local charities that seek to better the lives of pets. We have also started a tradition with World Vets, where every year we send 15 team members to destinations around the world to help animals in need.
How We’re Helping
Nicaragua World Vets 2017
Lakefield Veterinary Group and Best Friends Pet Hotel joined forces with World Vets and spent several days in Nicaragua providing veterinary aid to the pets of the Nicaraguan people. Our team included a diverse group of employees from around the U.S., including our President and COO, Mollie Hoff, who all came to Nicaragua to give back through a shared love and compassion for animals. People from near and far brought their sick, injured, or unvaccinated pets to the team members for treatment. Together, the team spayed or neutered 248 pets and gave over 500 rabies vaccines in just four days. It was a humbling and rewarding experience for our team members, who all thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our vision of helping animals in Nicaragua was a success, and we couldn’t have done it without World Vets. We are committed to improving the lives of others and their pets, and we look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come.
Guardian Angels Event: Barks, Brews, and BBQ
We had the opportunity to co-sponsor an event put on by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD). This fundraiser event, titled “Barks, Brews & BBQ,” took place in Connecticut this summer and was quite a success. GAMSD has been rescuing, raising, training, and then donating individually trained medical service dogs to pair with veterans that struggle with disabilities. Since the organization’s beginning in 2010, they have successfully paired over 180 dogs with veterans. Each dog is trained to perform an array of tasks including alerting for help, alerting before a seizure, picking up dropped items, opening, and closing doors, mitigating the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and more. Our Best Friends Connecticut locations were able to raise $1,735.42 helping GAMSD reach their goal of $25,000. This money will help Guardian Angels get one step closer to pairing up more service dogs with veterans in need.
Since it began in December 2000, the Lakefield Veterinary Group and Best Friends Pet Hotel Angel Tree campaign have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of food, toys, and pet care products to more than 100 different shelters and rescue organizations across the U.S. – and dozens of pets have found new homes. Our Lakefield Veterinary Group hospitals and Best Friends Pet Hotels continue to support homeless pets each holiday season by donating unused items from the wishlists of shelters and rescues that they partner with or through monetary donations. If you are interested in supporting our efforts in helping reduce animal homelessness, please reach out to your local Lakefield Veterinary Group hospital or Best Friends Pet Hotel to donate during the next holiday season.Back to Our Story