U.S. Senate Passes Senate Resolution 462 on December 19, 2019
WILMINGTON, DE, January 16, 2020 – Delaware Humane Association (DHA), a statewide animal welfare organization with adoption centers in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, is celebrating the official designation of National One Health Awareness Month, passed by the U.S. Senate on December 19, 2019. DHA’s mission is to make friends for life by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve the community – and their 2-year-old program, One Health Delaware, does just that.
Since October 2017, One Health Delaware has existed as a clinic to provide free pet vaccines, wellness exams, and health screenings for income-qualified community members in the lowest income areas of Wilmington. Hosted at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, a human medical center, pet owners are also able to seek health advice and services for themselves from health professionals. Started by a group of passionate veterinarians and Dr. Kristin Jankowski, a former veterinarian at DHA, and through a partnership with student volunteers from Penn School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Delaware, and Wilmington University, One Health Delaware has been a great success for the shelter – seeing over 700 visitors since the clinic began. Its purpose is to both inform owners about the impact that their pet’s health has on personal, family, and community health, creating a critical impact on people and their pets.
Two years ago, a man in a wheelchair arrived with his dog at the One Health Delaware clinic. DHA provided care for his pet, while the man shared that he had never received veterinary care for any of his pets previously, and wanted learn more about the care provided. Once the team explained preventative pet healthcare, he came back to the clinics to get his pets’ exams, vaccines, and spayed and neutered. A year later, when the man arrived for the pets’ annual exams, he explained that with the help of One Health Delaware, he had lost 100 lbs. and is now only using needing to use a cane. He was so appreciative that the One Health clinic changed his life and his pets’ lives.
Thanks to sponsorships, generous donations, and supporters, One Health Delaware has been able to assist hundreds of visitors. It’s because of DHA’s supporters that they are able to provide services to pets of the community, as well as community members themselves. To contribute to DHA One Health Delaware’s growth or to learn more, please visit https://delawarehumane.org/services/onehealth/. To learn more about Senate Resolution 462, please visit https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?id=D986D0A7-0FFE-463A-86BE-7C745149D5F0.
About Delaware Humane Association
Delaware Humane Association (DHA), located in both Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, is a nonprofit, no-kill animal care and adoption center. DHA’s mission is to make “friends for life” by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve the community. DHA is committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats by providing temporary shelter, affordable spay and neuter services, low cost vaccination clinics, a pet food pantry, adoption and placement resources, and more. For more information, or to donate, visit delawarehumane.org and connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @delawarehumane.
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