Mission Animal Hospital Helps Care for People by Caring for Pets

The benefits of pets in our lives have never been more clear. For many, pets offer relief from isolation, critical emotional support, and physical health benefits to their owners. Since the pandemic, pet adoptions have increased, as has the need for veterinary care. 

A new research study released by Twin Cities-based Mission Animal Hospital and the ASPCA found that access to veterinary care for companion pets can have a significant impact on a person or family’s quality of life. Unfortunately, many people struggle to afford and access veterinary care when their pet needs it. 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 54% of families in Minnesota own at least one pet. Sadly, more than two-thirds of pets in underserved communities have never been to the veterinarian. In the Twin Cities, that’s over 100,000 pet-owning households with incomes less than $50,000 who may have never seen a veterinarian. In addition, lower income households are more likely to surrender or euthanize a pet because of the lack of affordable veterinary care. 

“Every day, we see that people rely on their pets for comfort and companionship. That has been never more true than over the last 18 months, as more people have been isolated from their usual social connections,” said Dr. Susan Miller, Mission Animal Hospital’s executive director and founder of the first-ever, and still only, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit veterinary hospital in the Midwest. Dr. Miller added, “Almost 99% of our clients say that their pets are part of their family. So when a pet is hurt or ill, it can be devastating to a family who can’t afford the necessary care.”

Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out have selected Mission Animal Hospital as the first recipient organization of our new Change Unleashed! Initiative. Now through December 2021, all daycare, boarding, bathing, and grooming customers can round up their purchases or make a donation to Mission Animal Hospital to help pets in need — and we’ll match it!* Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out will choose a new, non-profit partner for the program each quarter in 2022. Thank you for joining us in helping Mission Animal Hospital accomplish its great work, providing high-quality, compassionate veterinary care to pet owners most in need so that nobody needs to say goodbye too soon.

*Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out will jointly match up to $1500 in customer donations each quarter!