Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care is passionate about keeping pets and people together, recognising the vital role pets play in our community’s wellbeing.
This world-leading service has been recognised for its work in supporting companion pet ownership, taking out the coveted 2016 Geelong Business Excellence Corporate Social Responsibility Award. The award caps off a remarkable journey for the fledgling business, run by experienced veterinarian and social visionary Alicia Kennedy.
Dr Kennedy established Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care (CPCVC) in 2015 after more than 34 years in the vet industry, where she became deeply interested in the power of the human-animal bond.
CPCVC is a social benefit company providing in-home veterinary and pet care services, particularly tailored to elderly, sick and disabled pet owners living independently. The business exists to support its registered charity, Cherished Pets Foundation (CPF), which operates a community pet care project that matches volunteers with pet owners, providing services such as feeding, walking and grooming for vulnerable pet owners.
The pet care project has already assisted dozens of Bellarine Peninsula residents to remain in their homes and continue to care for their pets. The service also provides emergency respite care for sick owners and re-homing for those who are no longer able to care for their pets.
Dr Kennedy said the Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care service was on a clear mission to support companion pet ownership for elderly and disabled people.
“With Australia’s ageing population, the need to support independent living is now even greater and this requires home support services,” said Dr Kennedy. “We know, through experience and research, that companion pets enable healthy and happy living. The work we are doing is already having big impact on our community.”
Dr Kennedy said there were exciting times ahead for the business with plans underway to expand the service to other clients and locations.