Nonprofit offers free services for pets

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- CARE for PETS in Rockford holds a Free Pet Health Fair Saturday afternoon providing the necessary vaccines, microchips, county license tags, and ID tag for citizens' pets in portions of the Rockford area most in need of pet assistance.

They say they had people in line at 9 AM this morning when the event didn't start until 2 because they were serving the first 60 cats or dogs.

These efforts go directly to impacting the health and safety of pets in our community, as well as decreasing the number of pets at animal services through education and prevention.

These services are made possible with funds from Napleton Subaru, Lost Dogs Illinois, and Rockford Bank and Trust.

"We need healthy pets in our community. If they have sickness, or if they have illness, it ends up coming into our county shelter. Additionally the microchip, lots of dogs run loose and also end up in the county shelter so we want to help pets healthy, safe and at home and out of our county services," says Vice President of C.A.R.E. For P.E.T.S., Stephanie Hicks.

CARE for PETS say they plan to have these events about every quarter and they're seeking funding for the future to have larger events with a goal of serving 100 to 150 pets at their next one.