We have been a part of the community since 1981, and we strive to give back to the community through various outreach activities. Gladstone Veterinary Clinic’s location makes us convenient to families in Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Clackamas, Southeast Portland, as well as the surrounding areas. Below are some of the ways we support our community.
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO)
Several of our team members volunteer with the Feral Cat Coalition to help reduce suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of future generations. The program focuses on trap-neuter-return of feral cats who have caregivers feeding them. The caregivers trap the cats and bring them to FCCO’s mobile hospital where they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and have their right ear tipped for future identification. Cats with illness or injury may receive additional treatment. The cats are then returned to where they are being fed, and the caregivers continue their commitment to feed and care for them. The program is run solely through donations and time and skills donated by veterinarians, technicians, and other cat-lovers. For more information, go to www.feralcats.com.
Fences for Fido
Fences for Fido is a Portland volunteer-run non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of dogs living outdoors on the end of chains, tethers, or in small kennels by building them a free fenced yard, insulated dog house, and spay/neuter services or other veterinary care. Gladstone Veterinary Clinic partners with Fences for Fido to provide discounted veterinary care for the dogs they serve, and also for foster animals that are surrendered to them. Occasionally, a foster dog comes into our clinic and never leaves, which was the case with Dr. Winkler’s dog Fen, who was adopted from Fences for Fido. Learn more at www.fencesforfido.org
Gladstone Veterinary Clinic Open House
We love this event when we open our doors wide and invite the community in for a hospital tour, games, informative displays, and a visit with our staff. Watch our news section of the website for the next date of this annual event (usually held in early November)!
Canine Companions for Independence Coffee Creek Puppy Raising Program
Gladstone Veterinary Clinic is proud to be a puppy sponsor for Canine Companions for Independence. CCI is a non-profit organization that provides disabled individuals with highly trained companion dogs. CCI partners with Coffee Creek, the state women’s prison located in Wilsonville. The puppies spend their first four months with puppy starters, then they are raised by selected inmates at Coffee Creek, where they learn basic skills. The Canine Companions prison puppy raising program not only benefits the puppies, but the inmate program participants as well. Gladstone Veterinary Clinic provides all veterinary care for a puppy for his or her first 8-10 months of life, until they are transferred to CCI’s training center in California. After 2 years of training, the service dogs are matched for free with an individual in need. Inzo is now a working service dog, and we are currently sponsoring Stefan, another labrador retriever pup.
Rural Area Veterinary Services
Dr. ten Broeke has volunteered with Rural Area Veterinary Services, a program of the Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals, since 1998. This is a non-profit program combining community outreach and veterinary education to bring free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. Each year, the program’s seven staff members and more than 700 volunteers provide veterinary care for animals in over 40 communities where no other animal services exist, including communities on Native American reservations throughout the United States, in rural Appalachian counties, remote villages in Central and South America, and island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific. Annually, RAVS provides over $1 million in veterinary services to upwards of 8,000 animals, all at minimal cost to the clients or communities served. In addition, the program provides valuable training and experience for hundreds of future veterinary professionals, from both developed and developing countries, that goes far beyond anything they could learn in a classroom alone, while instilling a long-lasting sense of responsibility to help these underserved communities. For more information, go to www.ruralareavet.org.
School Groups, Scout Troops, Summer Camps, etc.
We will happily provide organized tours of our hospital and can also provide classroom presentations on topics such as What does it mean to be a veterinarian? or How to meet a new dog with various school groups, scout troops, and other organizations. If you’d like to organize a tour or a classroom presentation, please contact the clinic at (503) 653-6621. We also work with several area schools’ job shadow and internship programs to give students the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in a veterinary hospital.
Audubon Society of Portland
For the past 20 years, the veterinarians at GVC have donated time and skills to Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center (WCC). The WCC is Oregon’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation center, administering care to over 3,000 native animals per year. GVC veterinarians and staff perform orthopedic surgeries, diagnostic procedures, and consultation on individual cases. GVC also donates medical supplies and equipment to the WCC. In addition, we participate in Audubon’s Junior Wildlife Vet Camp. For more information, go to www.audubonportland.org.
Partner Veterinarian for the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Program
Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project offers dog lovers the opportunity to join a nationwide effort to make the world a brighter place for dogs. Through the Canine Lifetime Health Project, Morris Animal Foundation manages groundbreaking studies designed to prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. Studies under the Canine Lifetime Health Project may help to identify new tests, diets and therapies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of important health conditions in dogs. The first study under the Canine Lifetime Health Project is the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which is the largest observational study ever conducted in veterinary medicine. As a partner veterinarian, we have the opportunity to support science that advances canine health. Find out more at http://caninelifetimehealth.org/?utm_source=SupporterWebsite&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=GRLS-SupporterBadge-Vet-011414
We are also involved in the following organizations:
Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) — Dr. ten Broeke currently serves as President of the PVMA