Community Resources


Dakota came to live with us in February 2008. She wasn’t just a pet, she became family. She was like a little shadow that followed you everywhere. She loved to romp and play with our other two dogs, Cheyenne and Bayleigh. She loved to snuggle with you any chance she could get. She was a funny girl, adorable, so lovable, and such a precious part of our family.

Dakota was diagnosed with an enlarged heart in 2011. Dr. Guidry and the entire staff at Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic worked with us on a treatment plan that would fit our fixed income. Occasionally, we came up short for Dakota’s medicine, but she never went without because of the compassion everyone here at HHVC has for their furry friends.

Sadly, Dakota passed away on April 7th from complications of her heart condition. We, her family, wanted to give back, and pay forward, the kindness and generosity that all at HHVC have shown us, by donating money from Dakota’s medicine, and we invite you to join us. Dakota’s Fund has been set up in memory of Dakota, and in honor of all the good HHVC does for its patients and their human families. All monies collected will go into an account to be used to help those who are unable to afford care with the cost of medications, exam fees, and any other services, on a case by case basis.

If you would like to donate, simply put your contribution in the jar. You may also use your credit or debit card, or use an envelope provided to mail in a donation. With grateful hearts, we thank you for helping us in helping others.

The Wheeler Family


Charities Helping Hands Supports:

  • DONATION CLINIC: Helping Hands does an annual holiday pet food drive. Along with other donated items to the clinic.
  • HOMEWARD PET: CPR and Emergency Preparedness classes, Cherie Guidry DVM instructed classes at the Shelter teaching pet owners CPR and emergency preparedness classes.
  • FIRE DEPT:  Helping Hands is proud to have donated 4 oxygen masks to the Local fire district 1 in Lynnwood, also teaching how to properly fit an oxygen mask on a service dog.
  • LOCAL SCHOOLS: Helping Hands opens up the clinic each year to  several Preschool and elementary schools for Field Trips, their students can tour and learn about what the day to day life in a veterinary clinic is like.
  • PIMA JOB FAIRS: At Helping Hands veterinary clinic we strive on teaching and one way we go about this is taking in Pima externs regularly, teaching them and watching as they become confident in their career choice.
  • NW HARVEST: During the holiday months we have a NW Harvest bin conveniently located in our clinic lobby for staff and clients to donate non-perishable food items.
  • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – We’re proud to be a preferred business member with the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce!
  • The PAWS PROJECT – We’re proud to support the movement to stop cat declawing, for more info on this project click the on the link.


We know there is a wealth of animal health information on the internet, and it can be difficult to sift through. Here are some trusted, reliable resources for information on your beloved pet.