A note about shelter & rescue groups: AHCC is a strong supporter of shelters & rescues. These groups differ greatly from privately owned Low Cost Vets & they do the best they can with what they have. Most of the time relying solely on donations and limited public funding to operate on a day to day basis. Some of these groups can keep their pet care costs lower in many cases due to public or tax payer subsidization. Additionally, often times a significant number of their pet care staff members are volunteers, translating into additional cost savings for the work they perform. Here in the greater Seattle area we are blessed to have such a giving community. There are many local non-profit shelters and rescues that are "in the trenches" everyday helping to place pets with loving, responsible families.