Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
A local organization is providing an affordable opportunity to protect your cat or dog against disease this weekend.
Heartbeats of Hope, a local non-profit organization which assists children and youth battling cancer, is holding its annual rabies clinic from 8 a.m. until noon, Saturday, May 18, in the parking lot of Capital One Bank, 1255 N. Main St. in Vidor.
The purpose of the clinic is to provide an affordable option for pet-owners to protect their animals from the rabies disease by avoiding an office visit, while also helping raise funds for Heartbeats of Hope.
“Heartbeats of Hope receives one dollar per vaccination, and the vets are very generous to donate this to us,” said Sally Andrews of Heartbeats of Hope. “It helps us pay bills for the families of local children who have cancer. We pay insurance, car notes and rent, buy groceries, pay medical bills, and sadly, have helped with funerals.”
Heartbeats of Hope was founded in 1999 in memory of Vidor teen Katie Pittman, who lost her life to leukemia that year. The group provides scholarships for graduating Vidor High seniors who have worked to overcome an obstacle and to those who have had outstanding service.
In addition, the youth team visits Texas Children’s Hospital several times a year with gifts and cheer for children and youth with cancer, and the provide much family assistance to local families whose children are battling the disease.