With nearly 1.5 million subscribers you have probably heard how the Vet Ranch YouTube Channel gets sick and injured dogs on their feet. But just in case Vet Ranch hasn’t been on your radar screen, here’s a story to get you caught up. I have to admit that I had not heard about this amazing project until a friend introduced me to their mission. Now I am hooked on watching the incredible videos of Dr. Matt and his team of veterinarians who are giving homeless pets a second chance.
How Vet Ranch got started
Vet Ranch was founded by Dr. Matt Carriker, DVM in 2014. The Texas veterinarian wanted to spread awareness about the large number of homeless animals who are euthanized because they need medical treatment. Dr. Matt decided the best way to do that was by sharing real-life videos on YouTube.
The idea came to him when a local shelter asked him to euthanize a stray dog that had been hit by a car. The Vet Ranch website describes it like this,
“After picking up the dying pup from a dark road and taking it to the clinic, Dr. Matt saw a glimmer of life in her eyes and made the decision to try to save her rather than euthanizing. He pulled out his trusty iphone and began to film the process of bringing the sweet black lab back to life.”
The video gained a lot of attention. The concept morphed into a full-scale mission to provide homeless dogs with veterinary and rehabilitation care. Dr. Matt has become an advocate for these animals.
The homeless dogs he treats have health issues that range from tumors, to bad teeth, manage, starvation and physical disabilities. Here is one of my favorite videos of Dr. Matt caring for a little dog name Crest who is unable to use his front legs.
Getting the dogs into new homes
In addition to treating the dogs, Dr. Matt makes sure each is spayed/neutered and vaccinated. And once a dog is healthy, they go into foster care with the Abandoned Pet Project. The rescue group partnered with Vet Ranch to find permanent, loving families for each dog.
Dr. Matt’s first spontaneous video of the sweet black lab inspired other veterinarians to join the Vet Ranch project. Today the team includes: Dr. Wendy, Dr. Karri, and Dr. Dave. You can read more about each of these veterinarians on the Vet Ranch website or subscribe to the Vet Ranch YouTube Channel.
The plight of homeless pets is close to my heart. I wish Vet Ranch continued success and applaud their dedication to help dogs in need.