Our Mission

At Community Veterinary Outreach, we believe the best way to help animals is to help people. The thinking inspires everything we do.

“I always say that I’m a veterinarian first,” says founder and director Michelle Lem. “I work with homeless people who are pet owners.”

We’ve heard our programs described as veterinary social work.

“We realize the potential of veterinarians and veterinary care to influence the health and welfare of marginalized people who are pet owners,” says Lem.

“The opening is the animal.”