st. lucy's church syracuse

fall healthy pet clinics return to syracuse's west side

(Syracuse, New York)  The first Healthy Pet Clinic of the fall season will be held at the St. Lucy's Church gynasium on Sunday, September 14th  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This is the fourth year the Clinics have offered low cost veterinary care. During that period, a total of 2100 animals  have been served in the Central New York community. 

The Clinic sets up shop on Sunday afternoon on September 14th.    The fall Clinic is being held at St. Lucy's Church gymnasium at 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse, New York.  Pet owners often line up hours in advance of the scheduled opening. 

The Shamrock Animal Fund was one of the lead organizations in creating the Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition in 2010.  The Healthy Pet Clinic concept was conceived during meetings of that group of animal helping agencies. The leadership and guidance of the Cornell University Veterinary College Shelter Medicine program was instrumental in turning the Clinic idea into reality. The commitment of volunteer veterinarians from across the Syracuse and Central New York area has made the clinics possible. 

The Healthy Pet Clinics are administered exclusively by volunteers. They are funded by the cash donations made by the pet owners who patiently wait as long as two hours for their turn to get affordable care for their pets. Pet owners should arrive early as doors often open before noon. 

For information e-mail: or call 315-415-8563. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINIC PARTICIPATION                     photo essay of Healthy Pet Clinics    

Pet owners need to bring documentation of financial need. Individuals must make less than $25,000 per year. Households less than $40,000. Proof of Income includes a Tax Return or a NYS Benefit Card. Proof of address is required to show the pet owner lives in Syracuse.

There is a $10 cash fee per animal. Limit of three animals.  Pet owners should ONLY bring animals in need of vaccinations and other care. Please do not bring your pet only for toe nail clippings or flea/tick product.  The first priority is vaccinations then the other care follows at the veterinarians discretion.

Owners need to bring past veterinary and vaccination records. Cats must be in carriers. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled. No aggressive dogs.

The City of Syracuse offers dog licensing for an additional fee of $10 per dog that is fixed and $20 per dog that is not fixed. Onondaga County is assisting with rabies paperwork and tags. Information is given on low cost spaying and neutering.

Watch slideshow of images from September 2013 Healthy Pet Clinic.