A non-profit veterinary hospital is fighting what the group calls a pet care crisis on Vancouver Island by offering savings on travel for treatment on the mainland.
The Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) Animal Hospital of Richmond hopes to improve wait times, cost and availability of animal health care by offering a special rate to guests of the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, as well as hotel rooms free for those who need procedures. over $2,000.
Additionally, the hospital is offering a 25% discount on all surgeries and free online consultations to Vancouver Island residents.
“We recognize that putting your pet in a car, getting on a ferry and driving to Richmond isn’t ideal,” says Eyal Lichtmann, CEO of the Regional Animal Protection Society. “But it’s better than the alternative of waiting for an appointment…and the cost savings can be significant.”
According to a statement released on June 15, the hospital’s next goal is to be open 24/7 to help more pets and their owners.