The Bakersfield Nonprofit Veterinary Cat Hospital Will Provide Lifesaving Care Services to Low-income Families and Cats & Kittens Rescued from Local Animal Shelters
goodcat Veterinary Hospital is Part of MEOW co.’s Effort to Make Kern County No-Kill by 2025
BAKERSFIELD, CA — MEOW co. has opened its first Nonprofit Veterinary Cat Hospital – goodcat Veterinary Hospital – in Bakersfield located at 1215 Eye St. in the Downtown area.
The regional lifesaving veterinary hospital in Bakersfield is designed to provide affordable veterinary services to low income households and to engage people in the work MEOW co. is doing to end the killing of cats and kittens. The facility is part of MEOW co.’s effort to make Kern county no-kill and a safe place for at-risk cats.
“Our new veterinary hospital in the heart of Kern County will provide affordable services to pet parents who are financially struggling to take their cats to the vet for routine and preventative care,” said Melanie Mariano, CEO and Co-Founder of MEOW co. “We built this facility so pet parents are less likely to be in the position of either not paying their rent and keeping their pet alive or being forced to euthanize them because of the usual high costs of veterinary care. Our hope is that pet parents will bring their cats in for routine veterinary care and ‘nip’ a small health problem (at a low cost) so it won’t become something worse and out of their budget, which usually ends in being unaffordable and having to put the animal down to prevent further suffering.”
goodcat Veterinary Hospital, lead by Dr. Carly Titanich, will be an addition to MEOW co.’s Casa de Meow (No-Kill Cat Shelter) and its Lifesaving Kitten Nursery facility. The hospital’s services will range from simple vaccines and preventative care to spay/neuters and general surgeries, and urgent care services. goodcat has been running since the beginning of 2019 providing veterinary services to local animal shelters and rescues and will be fully open to the public January 2020.
MEOW co. is launching the Bakersfield veterinary hospital in alignment with the national initiative from Best Friends Animal Society to lead the country to no-kill by the year 2025, which means that dogs and cats will no longer die in U.S. shelters due to an inability to find them homes. The veterinary hospital will serve as a physical demonstration of the progress and momentum underway to end the killing of cats and kittens in our county’s shelters, and will invite the community to become part of the organization’s mission to Save the Kitties.