Safe Summer program returns

The Safe Summer program offers solutions for college students who are leaving for the summer and may have a pet they cannot take with them. In past years, many pets were abandoned in empty apartments, or released to the street. Safe Summer was created by the Shelter Medicine Club of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is run by students and volunteers. The service will be available from May 26 through June 19, 2009 with the goal of finding a safe home for any pets left behind.

After initial communication with the student is established, a Safe Summer volunteer will discuss options for the pet, which may include surrendering it to program partner Capital Area Humane Society. If the animal is healthy and adoptable, it will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption. Club members will discuss all options with the students before a decision needs to be made for the best care of the animal. Last spring, with the help of the veterinary school community, program members transported several animals to Capital Area Humane Society and answered countless questions on what to do with unwanted pets. In autumn 2008, they also distributed pamphlets with information on pet ownership and offered alternatives to pet ownership that still fulfill a student's desire to spend time with animals.

Interested students should e-mail the Shelter Medicine Club beginning on May 26. For more information, see www.vet.osu.edu/safesummer or e-mail Safe Summer at safesummer [at] osu [dot] edu.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.