ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Animal lovers brought their pets to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA for a low-cost check up on Sunday.

The SPCA held its first Compassionate Care Clinic of the year.

The walk-in clinic offers reduced price veterinary care to those who have low-income.

Vets gave wellness exams, pet-care education, and vaccinations.

List of services the clinic offers.

One of the vets said the main goal was to keep unnecessary animals out of the shelter.

"Sometimes there will be a dog or a cat who has a strong bond with their human and the only reason they surrender to us is because they can't obtain veterinary care, so our goal is to make it accessible to people who are not otherwise getting it,” said Kristen Scheller, director of veterinary services at CASPCA.

Clients must show proof of public assistance to qualify for the clinic.

Examples of public assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • EBT Card
  • Proof of disability
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP
  • Unemployment
  • WIC

The shelter has five more clinics scheduled for 2019:

  • Sunday, April 14 – 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19 – 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 18 – 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 20 – 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 24 – 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.