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Humane Society of Summit County unveils mobile vet van


Summit County Humane Society officials cut the ribbon in front of the MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic on Tuesday at a dedication ceremony for the van.

The Humane Society of Summit County will soon be able to hit the road to help with veterinary care.

The organization unveiled its MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic Tuesday evening. The 28-foot van will provide basic services such as spaying and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping. 

MABEL stands for “Making Animals Better and Enriching Lives.”

The van will be able to help pet owners who need veterinary services for their pets but don’t have the money to get the services from a veterinarian’s office, said Diane Johnson Owens, Summit County Humane Society’s president and chief executive.

“It will help people who can’t afford traditional pet health care,” she said.

The veterinary van will start making its rounds through Summit County next month. Prices have not been set at this time and will be posted in the near future.

Johnson Owens said the van, which cost about $200,000, was a gift from the Cynthia Parker Matthews Foundation. 

Summit County Humane Society President and CEO Diane Johnson gives a brief presentation before the unveiling of the new MABEL Clinic on Tuesday at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts in Akron.

“Marci Matthews of the Cynthia Parker Matthews Family Foundation has been our partner on planning this project since it was conceived of two years ago,” said Louise DiLullo, director of development for the humane society. “She has been involved with business planning, designing the vehicle, and developing the unique mission of this project. Because of her foundational support, our staff came up with the idea to honor her by calling the vehicle itself ‘MABEL’ which is also the name of her beloved Great Dane.”

The new MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic will offer low-cost services for pet owners who can't afford veterinary care.

MABEL joins MAC, the humane society’s Mobile Adoption Center, DiLullo said.

“They are a team now,” DiLullo said.

Initially, services will be limited to owned dogs and cats, DiLullo said. In the future, the organization may expand its services.

“The primary goal of the program is to provide basic care that keep animals and their owners together,” DiLullo said.

Guests tour the new MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic during a dedication event for the van. By next month, the van will travel throughout Summit County, offering low-cost basic vet services.

There are no income limits with MABEL services, DiLullo said, although appointments will be needed. Additionally, the humane society is “developing a fund to be able to provide free services to those who cannot afford the cost.”

Once the van is in use, a schedule will be posted on the organization’s website, https://www.summithumane.org .

The shelter, at 7996 Darrow Road Unit 30 in Twinsburg, serves an average of 2,500 pets each year.

For details, call 330-487-0333 or visit https://www.summithumane.org .

Guests tour the new MABEL Mobile Veterinary Clinic during Tuesday's dedication event for the van.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@thebeaconjournal.com

Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser

The Humane Society of Summit County will sponsor a Bow Wow Bingo fundraiser 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15 at St. George Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron.

The evening will include prizes, with a grand prize of $2,000, sponsored by Stark & Knoll. In addition to Bingo, there will be dinner and dessert, cash bar, basket raffle and time with adoptable animals.



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