Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (HAVLV) is opening a low-cost, high-quality veterinary clinic in Las Vegas this fall. The full-service clinic located at 3250 N Decatur, will provide reasonably priced veterinary care to community animals as well as adoptable animals through the rescue and other nonprofit rescue organizations.
It is estimated roughly 140,000 people living with pets in the Las Vegas area struggle to meet the basic needs of their families. Too often, pet parents are forced to make a difficult decision. Faced with unreasonable veterinary bills, many owners will either have to let their pet suffer or euthanize them for a treatable condition. Some owners will surrender their pets to the shelter in the hopes that they will be cared for. Sadly, the outcome is often tragic for animals entering the shelter with an emergency medical condition.
Since day one, Hearts Alive Village has been focused on keeping pets in their original homes whenever possible. This is a concept called “community sheltering.” Through our pet food pantry, Kendall’s Kupboard, we provide food for approximately 1,000 families struggling financially. Over the last five years, Hearts Alive Village has received roughly 25 calls per week asking for assistance with medical costs. Though several outside veterinary clinics have generously worked with the organization to provide more affordable care, not having our own clinic has seriously limited the number of animals Hearts Alive Village can help. “No animal should ever suffer or be surrendered because of their parent’s inability to afford veterinary care,” said Executive Director Christy Stevens. “Every year, tens of thousands of animals find themselves in our valley’s shelters and rescues. This clinic will allow us to provide a more comprehensive solution for at-risk animals, preventing those pets from entering the system in the first place.”
The Pet Adoption and Wellness center is at the corner of Cheyenne and Decatur, strategically located to serve the population that needs it most. This 8393 square foot building is on .66 acres of land and is comprised of a full-service veterinary clinic, grooming facility, and boarding facility.
The Veterinary Clinic will provide: Examinations, Vaccinations, and other preventative care such as Diagnostics including bloodwork, x-ray, and ultrasound, Spay and neuter, General surgery, Dental care, Basic dermatology, Geriatric care, Humane euthanasia, and a certified fear free environment.
The full-service grooming facilities include tables, baths, kennels, and dryers with accommodations for up to 2 groomers. As an adoption center, 40 living spaces will provide certified fear free sheltering and rehabilitation for homeless dogs and cats and limited boarding for people and their pets experiencing a crisis.
There will be at least one full-time vet on staff along with certified vet technicians, veterinary assistants, animal care attendants, groomers, animal enrichment specialists, and an intake manager. A number of local for-profit veterinarians have offered their services pro-bono to assist at the clinic as well.
The clinic is not meant to be a competitor of for-profit veterinary clinics, but rather a resource for those who cannot afford to patronize them or are unable to qualify for credit. Clients will be pre-screened for financial need and services will be available to those meeting specific criteria. This will allow Hearts Alive Village to be a resource not only to the community, but to veterinary clinics unable to provide services at a discount.
Although our low costs will make care available to a wider population, there will still be pet owners who have no ability to pay. The Village Fund is a program used to provide free veterinary care for owners who are unable to afford even our low-cost services. This funding will come from grants and community donations.
Community support will be essential to the clinic’s success and we have launched a Veterinary Equipment Drive to stock the clinic with everything from an Ultrasound machine to digital thermometers. Donors can select items to donate at: www.heartsalivevillage.shop
“A preventative resource is the best medicine for the crisis animals are facing in our community.” said Stevens. “For us, it has to be about more than rescue.”
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The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has announced the reinstatement of library branch services and activities just in time for summer reading and enjoyment, while still adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. Library customers can again browse book stacks, use study rooms, and enjoy limited seating (to allow for social distancing), and children and families are invited to join in the annual Summer Challenge program, where kids and teens can earn points for prizes (LVCCLD.org/summerchallenge).
Other in-demand services that are fully open include computers and WiFi, art gallery exhibitions, Safe Place services for youth in crisis, and adult literacy and education courses, which include Career Online High School, the WorkKeys Workforce Readiness certificate, and the HiSet High School Equivalency exam (https://LVCCLD.org/adult-learning/). One-Stop Career Center career coaches are available virtually to help with job seeking; to make an appointment, call (702) 822-4200 or email [email protected]. In addition, the Library Foundation will open the Sahara West Bookstore from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information on the Library District’s open status, including specifics about library locations, hours, and Curbside Services, please go to https://LVCCLD.org/open/
“We are grateful to our customers, who have waited patiently as we carefully considered how and when to safely reopen, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” said Fred James, acting executive director of the Library District. “We are working hard to continue the highest level of service that we can provide, while still adhering to strict social distancing, reduced occupancy, and other guidelines set forth by government mandates, the CDC, and the Southern Nevada Health District.”
Looking ahead to July, the Library District will be bringing back our beloved Storytime’s, as well as adult classes in English as a Second Language and English Conversation, with other in-person educational programming following. All in-person classes will be conducted with reduced capacity and social distancing in place.
“With children out of school and many adults needing access to computers to apply for services and look for jobs, the need for our services is greater than ever,” said Mr. James. “At the same time, we are concerned about everyone’s health and safety, so all Library District buildings have undergone a deep cleaning and an antimicrobial treatment of all surfaces including desks, keyboards and toys.”
In addition, the Library District has also installed hand sanitizing stations, Plexiglas sneeze guards, and social distancing signage throughout the buildings. Library staff will wear facemasks, and other PPE as required. Returned library materials will undergo a four-day quarantine before returning to the shelves, and browsed items will receive specific handling.
“Our customers have told us that browsing is one of the top library experiences that they wanted returned,” emphasized James. “We consulted the most recent CDC guidelines and found that the chance of secondary contamination from contact with objects and surfaces is considered low.”
Library customers who still want to limit contact with public spaces can continue to connect to library resources at LVCCLD.org. With a free library card, online options include streaming and downloading books, movies, and music plus access to educational eResources for kids, teens, and adults. The Library District also offers convenient Curbside Pick-Up Service, which allows customers to reserve items online or by phone. They can then call to make a reservation and walk, bike, or drive up to the designated curbside pick-up area at their branch.
Additionally, though the Library District’s live performances and some in-person classes remain postponed, the public can now enjoy virtual Storytime’s and early childhood programs, STEAM classes, and educational content for both youth and adult audiences on the District’s new YouTube channel at YouTube.com/TheLibraryDistrict.
One lucky guest at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Sky Pod won a total of $149,003 on a single hand of blackjack on Thursday, July 9. The out-of-state visitor hit to win $109,879 on a $5 bonus jackpot and $39,124 on a $1 bonus jackpot, as well as winning an additional $116 while earning blackjack on two split aces. He was dealt two aces and then two tens to hit blackjack on both, while also betting on suits and colors for the bonus jackpots. That’s one happy fella. In all my years of playing the game I’ve never been that lucky.
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Well, gang, this is about it for this week. Hope you are all OK staying home as much as you can and wearing those darn ugly masks while out among us humans. It’s just the thing we all have to do these days.