When Tara, a black Labrador retriever-rottweiler mix, needed surgery on both knees, her owner consulted nearby private practice veterinarians. To her dismay, estimates to reconstruct the dog’s knees — which had torn cruciate ligaments and meniscuses — came in between $10,000 and $20,000.

“I don’t have that kind of money,” the owner, Danielle Correnti, told the VIN News Service. “I’m a single mother of two.”

Tara could not walk, and the quality of her life was deteriorating. Correnti didn’t know where to go.

Then she learned from a friend about a nonprofit clinic called Angell at Nashoba. Located in Westford, Massachusetts, the clinic is nearly an hour’s drive from Correnti’s home. It was farther than Correnti would have wanted to go, but for eligible pet owners, veterinary care there is available for a discount.

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