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Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals Open House Tomorrow
Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals, an animal welfare non-profit serving the Fredericksburg region, will have an open house of their new facility tomorrow, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m.
The new facility, located at 628 Cambridge St., Fredericksburg 22405, allows the organization to offer a full range of veterinary services. Previously, they worked mostly through other animal hospitals and primarily offered spay/neuter services.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, barbecue, tours of the clinic and opportunities to sign up for volunteering with Saint Seton’s at the open house.
CEO of Saint Seton’s Jeanette Allard said, “The new clinic will be full service for people who are disadvantaged. Our pets are like kids. People do so much for animals and animals do so much for people.”
Lisa Bales recently started working with the nonprofit as director of development after experiencing what they do first-hand. Her dog Nick suffered from a mast cell tumor and Saint Seton’s helped her cover the veterinarian bills of $1,600 after his operation.
“It was unbelievable,” she said.
Bales said that Saint Seton’s isn’t just for animals. It’s for their owners, too.
The organization also offers a pet food program that brings food to homes where the owner cannot feed the animal. Through that program, Allard began taking a larger interest in helping people as well.
“We’re not heartless,” she said. “We can’t turn our backs on people. Sometimes the elderly will give what they have to their pets and go hungry. I’ll reach out to other charities and see what can be done for people. ”
Allard recently helped a 48-year-old homeless man fill out a disability application. She said a volunteer found him when delivering pet food and saw that he needed help.
They hope to expand their services for people at the new clinic too.
Allard is currently working on a “Future Vets” program to take place in the clinic. The program allows high performing students from economically disadvantaged families to receive instruction in the sciences to prepare for college.
“They can observe veterinarians and ask questions,” Allard said.
Allard said the clinic will need used blankets and towels, empty medicine bottles, volunteers and financial support after it opens. For inquiries call 540-371-SPAY.