At Family Pet Animal Hospital, we strive to provide the very best medical care for the patients that come through our doors. Additionally, in pursuit of our goal to advance the well-being of pets in our community and beyond, our doctors and staff reach out in many ways to provide services to the community, promote veterinary medicine, and engage members of the public through volunteer opportunities, mentorships/apprenticeships, special events, and other activities. Below is a small sample of Family Pet’s connection with the community in more ways than just providing medical care at our hospital.
As a Veterinary Ambassador of the Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS), Family Pet Animal Hospital commits to financially supporting the ACS and providing special offers to new ACS adoptees. If you have a newly adopted pet from the Anti-Cruelty Society, start him or her off on the right paw! Bring your new furry friend in to meet the Family Pet team (by appointment, within 90 days of adoption) and you will receive an exam for $20 and a discount on any diagnostic tests and/or vaccinations performed that day.
Spark is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. The doctors at Family Pet host Spark students each year hoping to engage these 7th and 8th graders and reinforce the link between classrooms and careers. We are proud to participate in this unique and highly successful program – Spark students have a much higher graduation rate than the national average.
Did you know that Family Pet’s very own Dr. Lynn Lewin is on the Chicken Committee at the Oscar Mayer Magnet School in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood? The school’s Garden Project, started in 2008, aims to teach the kids about where their food comes from, create awareness about the environment, and show the joys of gardening. Dr. Lynn has had quite an adventure providing veterinary care for these amazing creatures. Family Pet had the pleasure of housing the chickens during two particularly cold spells during the winter of 2013-2014. What fun and unique guests!
Family Pet has the privilege and honor of providing medical care for several of Canine Therapy Corps’ (CTC) canine volunteers and participating in the organization’s various fundraising activities. We love this amazing organization of volunteers, who provide free therapy-assisted services around our community.
Pets Are Like Family (PALF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help Chicago pet parents have a loving, responsible relationship with their pets by providing education, resources, counseling and referral services; to keep pets with their families and avoid pet relinquishment. Dr. Jane Lohmar serves as a veterinary consultant to the organization and participates in PALF’s educational workshops and pet care videos. Family Pet’s Practice Manager previously served on the Board of Directors for PALF and continues to be an active volunteer.
Camp Dogwood, Where You and Your Dog Stay & Play, is an all-inclusive vacation destination where like-minded “dog people” come together to bond with their dog, learn, have fun, and relax. Dr. Jane Lohmar served as Camp Veterinarian for years and continues to enjoy this fun camp each year with her dogs, Penny and Lilly.
The mission of the Morris Animal Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane animal health studies and disseminating information about those studies. Family Pet has been a longtime supporter of the foundation and is excited to participate in its groundbreaking study aimed at improving the lives of dogs, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Several of our patients are registered for this study, which will track observational data of thousands of Golden Retrievers over 10 to 14 years and hopefully teach us how to prevent cancer and other diseases that take the lives of our pets too soon!
The foundation is still looking for more participants – you and your Golden Retriever can be heroes! More information can be found on the Morris Animal Foundation’s website.