RAM’s Veterinary Program
Healthier and Safer Future for Animals
RAM’s core values of Compassion, Respect, and Integrity are deeply rooted in our commitment to bringing free, high-quality medical care to people and animals in need – regardless of economic status. Building upon our successful and pioneering model to operate free mobile medical clinics, the RAM Veterinary Program serves animals in need through a variety of outreach efforts. RAM’s Family Pet Health Project helps provide veterinary care to the canine and feline family members of patients we serve at our clinics.
Improving the health of our patients’ pets helps eliminate veterinary costs and enriches the quality of life for the whole family. A key component of the Family Pet Health Project is reducing the number of unplanned domestic animals and the unnecessary euthanasia of shelter animals through spay/neuter, vaccination, and microchipping of family pets. To accomplish this goal, RAM often collaborates with local, nonprofit veterinary clinics and animal welfare organizations.
During a RAM Clinic where the Family Pet Health Project operates, veterinary volunteers interview RAM patients to register their unaltered pets to receive free services, including but not limited to: spay/neuter surgery; basic vaccinations; microchipping; and city and county tags (where required by law). Following treatment, pet owners are provided with appropriate discharge instructions to ensure they understand proper healing procedures for their pet. Veterinary volunteers also distribute information about local, low-cost veterinary clinics. When possible, RAM provides pet food, treats, and snacks to each pet owner who brings their pet for spay/neuter services.
Additionally, RAM has played a vital role in rescuing animals when disasters strike our nation. When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas in 2017, RAM reached out to volunteer veterinarians who traveled from across the country to deliver free veterinary services in hard-hit areas. RAM also worked with the Humane Society of the United States and GreaterGood.org to airlift animals from the Tampa Bay area after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida in 2017.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can participate in our efforts to provide free veterinary services to our animal friends and family members in need, please contact Amanda Weber, RAM Community Veterinary Specialist.
To date, RAM has treated more than 67,000 animals, delivering $2 million in free veterinary care. RAM’s collaborations with animal centers, veterinarians, vet technicians, support volunteers, veterinary hospitals, non-profits, and corporations have been vital in delivering free assistance to these animals in need.