Walk-ins welcome at affordable veterinarian facility
By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE -- Since she was a teenager, Jamie Casanova has wanted to save animals.
"My mom ran a clinic," she said. "There are more animals than there are homes, so it is so important to educate the public on spaying and neutering."
To realize this goal of educating the public, Ms. Casanova purchased an old bakery with her father, Al Dorsey, and the two worked from the ground up, painstakingly redeveloping the facility with an affordable overhead to better serve the public.
Once the majority of the construction and renovation was completed, the two opened Brevard Aid to Animals in an attempt to educate the community and reduce overpopulation for dogs and cats.
"We want to keep the costs low because almost all of our customers have several pets," she said. "If the cost is low, that gives them the option to save more animals from the shelter."
Since 2012, Brevard Aid to Animals has been open four days a week, Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Brevard Aid to Animals specializes in spaying and neutering cats and dogs, as well as veterinary services, and, unlike other vets in the area, the facility allows walk-ins.
"It's much harder to do walk-ins, but it's needed," she said. "Sometimes, someone just can't get off work at a certain time. People like the flexibility, the no pressure and the low costs."
Brevard Aid to Animals also has a lab for blood work, where a pet owner can know what is ailing their pet within 20 minutes, as well as a pet tracker GPS system that allows owners to know their pet's location at all times.
Overall, it is Ms. Casanova's love of animals that she said drives her.
"I wake up and think about what needs to be improved and what needs to be made better," she said. "Children should grow up with animals and have the comfort of coming home to a dog or cat. I just love what I do. I think everyone who works with animals does."
Brevard Aid to Animals is located at 2161 Aurora Road in Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.brevardaidtoanimals.com or call (321) 421-6277.