Meet Dr. April Gessner Deddens

Dr. April Gessner Deddens

founder, DEGA Mobile Veterinary Care nonprofit

I have been interested in animals and how I could save them since I was a little girl.

An Introduction: Recently I started a nonprofit called DEGA Mobile Veterinary Care (Determined for Everyone to Gain Access to Veterinary Care). I provide free basic veterinary care to low/no income and homeless pet owners.

Inspiration: Being able to provide care to pets who otherwise would not receive it and see how helpful this is to their owners. Not only does this help reduce the number of unwanted pets in shelters, but it also gives owners a sense of fulfillment and happiness that they are able to take care of their loved ones. For homeless pet owners, their pet may be the only aspect of their lives that keeps them going, so it’s really important to help these people who need it most.

Proud moment: By far my proudest professional moment is founding my nonprofit, DEGA Mobile Veterinary Care. This has been my dream for quite some time, so I am grateful to make this a reality.

Recent Challenge: Our biggest challenge with DEGA is identifying pet owners who are truly in need. This is why we work with other charitable organizations to identify pet owners who could use our free services. We need to advertise our free clinics, so we can help as many pets as possible. At the same time, we cannot make it public, since we are reaching out to a select group.

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