Albany veterinarians are trying to make sure that dogs, cats and other pets in Flint, Michigan — where tap water is tainted by lead — have something safe to drink.
The vets sent $1,000 to the Humane Society of Genesee County, and earmarked the check for bottled water for animals. Veterinary students at Oregon State University raised an additional $250 for the project.
“I think everybody needs fresh, clean water to be healthy. It’s no different whether it’s humans or a hamster,” said Tim Reid of Reid Veterinary Hospital.
Lin Holmes, adoption manager for the Humane Society of Genesee County, said the donations were critical, as residents were skimping on their own bottled drinking water to make sure they had some for pets.
“We are having people come in every day to pick up water for their pets,” Holmes said.
“Oregon thinking of us has been pretty amazing. … This goes to show there are still great people in the world,” she added.
Last week, Reid was watching news accounts of the drinking water problems, and realized that there was nothing being said about water for pets, which also can get sick from lead poisoning. He then contacted other Albany veterinarians, and they were happy to help out.
Rivers Edge Pet Medical Center, Linn Veterinary Hospital, Albany Animal Hospital and Periwinkle Pet Clinic also donated.