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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – On Saturday morning, the All Kind Animal Initiative organized its first ever low cost pet vaccination clinic for the community of Abilene, partnering with local organizations and businesses to provide affordable prices.

Pet owners gathered in the parking lot of the Abilene Community Theater, waiting not for a show but for snaps for their furry family members.

Andrea Robison, president of the All Kind Animal Initiative, said she launched the organization in May 2021.

“There is just a great need here at Abilene to raise the bar when it comes to animal welfare and what it looks like in our community and to change the culture in the way we talk about taking care of our animals,” said Robison.

During the event, a microchip and free vaccines were offered at an extremely low price to all residents of the town of Abilene.

“We want to make sure responsible pet ownership is accessible to everyone. Let no one feel like they have a price to pay for being a good pet owner, ”said Robison.

Hana Konecny, a freshman at Christian University of Abilene, is currently studying to become a veterinarian and has volunteered to help those in attendance at the event by doing what she loves most.

“Growing up with animals has taught me a very big part of who I am, to be compassionate and to take care of others. I think it can really shape a person’s personality or attitude towards you know life, ”Konecny ​​said.

Konecny ​​tells us that she strives to volunteer whenever she can and believes that using the skills she has learned can help Abilene’s pet overpopulation issue.

“I really like that. We had low cost immunization clinics where I’m from and the ones here are really similar. And I just think they’re a really great way to help the community for people. who are ultimately less fortunate and just for convenience, ”Konecny ​​said.

Especially for residents who may not have free time during the week, like Casandra Stratton.

“I work 14 hours a day so I don’t have time to go to the vet and do it. So when they do that on Saturday it’s great, ”Stratton said.

Konecny ​​says it’s because of her love for animals that she goes to events like this, but also, “seeing all these dogs and the community bringing them in and just trying to take care of them. is something just amazing, ”Konecny ​​said. .

Robison says this event is a great example of how the city, businesses, and nonprofits can come together to meet a community need.

“We’ve had so much positive feedback and people who are just grateful that we’re doing this and asking when we’re going to do the next one. So this has all been really encouraging, ”said Robison.

And with all the encouragement, Robison says that’s just the start.

To learn more about upcoming All Kind Animal Initiative events, click here.

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