Vancouver, BC: Paws for Hope Animal Foundation and Community Veterinary Outreach, in partnership with Directions Youth Services are holding a One Health clinic for marginalized youth and their pets. Founded in 2003 by Community Veterinary Outreach in Ottawa, One Health Clinics ensure that both people and their pets are cared for through free veterinary care services and human health services.

Paws for Hope will provide veterinary services through their established clinic model, and Community Veteirnary Outreach, along with UBC School of Pharmacy will provide health services to the marginalized pet owners along with community members who attend the One Health clinic. The BC SPCA will be providing referrals for sterilization (spay/neuter) and microchip services. Pet guardians will also receive a supply of pet food donated by Royal Canin. This is the second One Health clinic held in Vancouver.

“These clinics have truly been a salient example of One Health in action, where local community partners are collaborating together to improve not only the health and wellbeing of the animal, but also the pet owner at the other end of the leash.” – Doris Leung DVM (CVO Vancouver Project Lead)

“It is exciting for us to build upon our existing clinic model and to see the young people receiving much needed service as well”. Said Kathy Powelson, Paws for Hope’s Executive Director. “In order to help pets, you need to help their people too and this unique model bridges that gap”.

“For people living on the street, the bond they have with their pet may be one of a very few consistent and positive relationships in their lives. By offering pet kenneling at Directions Youth Services Centre, youth are able to access crucial supports while ensuring their pet is cared for. The One Health model helps to enhance the options for service and community connection available to youth with pets.” – Matt Smith (Assistant Manager, Directions Youth Services Centre)

Where: Directions Youth Services, 1138 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC, V6Z 1Y7

When: November 26, 2017 from 1 – 4pm

Media Contact:

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Kathy Powelson, Executive Director

Community Veterinary Outreach
Kelsi Jessamine, RN
Vancouver Project Lead

Directions Youth Services
Calum Scott
Director, Community Engagaement and Communications: Family Services of Greater Vancouver

About Paws for Hope Animal Foundation
Paws for Hope Animal Foundation provides care, support and education through programs and services including financial support, to individuals and groups to enhance companion animal welfare in B.C.

About Community Veterinary Outreach
Community Veterinary Outreach provides preventative veterinary care to the companion animals of those in need, thereby not only improving the health of the animal, but supporting the physical and emotional well being of owners, and overall contributing to promoting public health of communities. To learn more visit:

About Directions Youth Services

Directions Youth Services supports at-risk, homeless, or street-involved youth under 25. Resources are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and include safe spaces to connect with supports, detox from substances, and access to transitional and short-term housing. Last year, Directions Youth Services Centre had 35,478 visits by homeless and at-risk youth. To learn more visit:

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