Greenfield, Ohio, has become the first U.S. city to officially open its doors to pet clinics after a petition from the Humane Society of the United States and a group of local veterinarians raised the ire of the city’s health department.
Greenfield is the first major U.T. city with a pet-focused clinic, which is expected to bring the city more than $250,000 in revenue for the first time in the city history, according to the Humane Union of Ohio.
“This is a victory for pet owners and veterinarians alike, who have been fighting for years for access to quality veterinary care,” said Julie Sturgis, the Humane President of the Greater Cleveland Area.
“We are glad to be finally able to offer that quality care to all pet owners in Greater Cleveland, and we thank our local animal-care professionals and veterinarian communities for their tireless efforts to achieve this goal.”
The Humane Society petition asks the city to grant its residents the right to bring their pets into the city for the entire month of March and to allow pet-friendly veterinary clinics in all 50 states, but the city is not expected to follow through on its promise to allow clinics in certain parts of the state.
The petition also asks the county health department to remove pet-centric facilities from its list of pet-only medical services, which includes pet food, pet toys, pet care, and pet supplies.
The Humane Society says the list includes facilities in the Cincinnati area, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, and Akron.
The group says it is working with the city and county health departments to make the list permanent.
Pet owners and owners of pets in Greater Cincinnati want more pets in their neighborhoods, and many are also concerned about the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three U.N. dogs and one in six cats tested in the United Kingdom in the past few weeks are positive for the coronavirus, and the number of people infected in the U.K. is expected at about 70,000, according the British National Health Service.
In Greater Cincinnati, there have been reports of pet owners being threatened, harassed, and even being arrested, and one of the most active dog-related protests in the county took place over the weekend, according U.C. Irvine student Hannah Kowalchuk.
Kowalch said she has been seeing her dogs at the Humane Clinic since it opened in 2016, and has had positive results in both the dog and cat populations.
Kowall says she wants to bring her dogs into the community to help ease pet-related anxiety.
Kowealchuk said the city should let people bring their pet into the neighborhood for the full month of April, and that pet-oriented clinics in some of the neighborhoods would be better than others.
She said the Humane Center and other pet-based facilities are important to the community and should be allowed to operate in neighborhoods with people of color and the homeless.
Kowaalchuk also said she is worried about how the city will treat people who bring their animals in to see their pets, and about how it will treat the homeless, who tend to be more stressed and anxious.