'It's all about the animals': 500 pets get free shots, chips at Wheeling police station
The Wheeling Police Department partnered with the Chicago Wolves, Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook and Reign Total Body Fuel to host a free drive-through pet clinic recently at the police station.
The first 500 pets received shots for canine kennel cough, rabies and the 5-in-1 booster combo, plus they were chipped -- all for free.
Wheeling Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen said there are members of the community who are underserved in regard to vet care, and it's important for people who are working multiple jobs to have the opportunity to have their pets vaccinated.
Volunteer and event organizer Jenny Jurcak, whose daughter is a Wheeling police officer, said participants received donated toys, treats and food for their pets in addition to the vaccines and microchips.
"It's all about the animals," Jurcak said.
"We have to pay homage to the animals in our family, too."