The nonprofit strives to make pet care accessible in underprivileged neighborhoods.

For pet owners, taking our pets for their annual check-ups is a routine occurrence for maintaining their health and happiness. But for a lot of people, due to financial straits or other circumstances, this may not be an option.

That's where Charm City Companions steps in. A nonprofit since 2014, the organization provides care and resources for Baltimore pet owners. They concentrate their services in underfunded neighborhoods that may be "deserts"—areas lacking in facilities or proper transportation.

It's one thing to be able to afford a vet appointment; it's another to have the means of acquiring them. Co-founder Annie Pruitt emphasizes this as one of CCC's main initiatives.

"One of the biggest barriers we find is cost, but also access to care," she says.

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Volunteers from Charm City Companions

And these services are offered on an immediate, door-to-door basis. Residents can obtain free leashes and collars, free vaccines, and even spay and neuter procedures. Their results can be seen in the numbers. Between 2014 and 2017, CCC has spayed and neutered over 300 cats and 200 dogs.

In addition to the services offered, they also underscore the importance of "respect and kindness" towards the animals as well as their owners. According to their website, "when respect and trust are established, doors open, and for us, this means people and their pets receive the help they deserve."

It's fitting that the Maryland SPCA, which turns 150 this year, has teamed up with the nonprofit in bringing quality care and assistance to Baltimore's pets. 

charm city companions van

If you'd like to help, consider making a donation so they can continue their amazing work. You can find more information here.

**All photos courtesy of Facebook

What do you think of Charm City Companions? Do you or anyone you know rely on their services? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.