At Sugar River Animal Hospital, we feel giving back to our community is important. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful clients and to be able to serve Grantham and the surrounding area. Without our community, there is no way we could be a successful business.
Sugar River Animal Hospital realizes that pets bring comfort to people and that they are an integral part of our lives. We also realize that sometimes people have financial hardships that prevent them from being able to care for their pets. To help alleviate some of that burden, we try to give back to our community by partnering with the Upper Valley Haven and NH Plan B low-cost spay and neuter program.
Sugar River Animal Hospital started partnering with the Upper Valley Haven in 2019. Our mission is to help provide basic veterinary care for low-income and homeless clients. Through our partnership with the Upper Valley Haven, we are able to provide basic vaccines, preventative care, and basic sick patient care to these patients. Dr. MacLean was inspired to take on this project when she kept seeing a panhandler with a dog and couldn’t help but wonder if that dog needed veterinary care. Dr. MacLean then reached out to the Upper Valley Haven to see if there were resources for people like the panhandler and there weren’t. Dr. MacLean then asked if she could partner with the Upper Valley Haven and they were thrilled to let her host the clinics at their building. It never ceases to amaze Dr. MacLean how grateful the people she interacts with at these clinics are. For some their pet is their whole world and the only thing they have and they just don’t have the financial means to even get a rabies vaccine. By providing care to these pets, it helps the owners feel like they are helping their best friend and it’s one less thing they need to worry about.
Sugar River Animal Hospital is happy to accept Plan B through the state of NH which is a contracted plan for low-income families to get low-cost spays and neuters and rabies vaccines at participating veterinarians once they have been approved by the state. To find out more information and to apply for NH Plan B please visit the state’s website at https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/animal-industry/animal-population-control.htm