By Kathy Chouteau
Fix Our Ferals, a Richmond-based nonprofit surgical clinic for cats and dogs, is appealing for donations of supplies amid less traffic at its Richmond location and a 60 percent drop in income.
The call for assistance comes as the clinic remains open as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic to perform surgery for urgent and emergency cases.
“Our staff is adhering to safe distancing protocols to keep everyone safe while we keep our clinic open,” said Emily Colwell, co-president of Fix Our Ferals’ Board of Directors.
According to Colwell, the clinic’s immediate needs include donations of unscented liquid laundry detergent, pee pads, hydrogen peroxide, unscented chlorine bleach, distilled water and canned cat and dog food.
“During social distancing, we’ve been reminded again that cats and dogs are so valuable to our families and neighborhoods,” said Dr. Jean Goh, DVM, medical director of the clinic.
“We’re very glad to be able to keep the clinic open. We know the need for free and low-cost services will continue to grow, and our goal is to not turn anyone away that needs our help. So we really appreciate the community helping us out with donations.”
Donation drop-offs can be made during Fix Our Ferals’ hours of operation: Between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Sunday at its location at 12226 San Pablo Ave. in Richmond. The clinic requests that community members please don’t leave items when the clinic is closed. Monetary donations to the nonprofit can be made here.