(Syracuse, NY) - The Shamrock Animal Fund and volunteers of the CNY Animal Welfare Coalition just wrapped up a successful spring series of Healthy Pet Clinics where nearly 300 animals received low cost care.
The St. Clare Theatre on the campus of Assumption Church hosted the April and May clinics and an abbreviated revaccination clinic
in June. Pet owners patiently waited in line for their opportunity to have their dogs or cats vaccinated, examined and treated by the
staff of volunteer veterinarians for a fee of $10 per animal. Volunteers interacted with the puppies, kittens, dogs and cats and assisted the owners as they navigated through the clinic. The next series of clinics in Syracuse is being planned for the fall.
Here is how the Healthy Pet Clinics work, including requirements. Pet owners needs 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. 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. Several exam tables are staffed by volunteer veterinarians and veterinary technicians from several Central New York animal hospitals. The Cornell University Shelter Medicine Program also offers support to the Clinic including veterinary students.
A group of some 25 volunteers coordinates and administers the Clinic operations. You can find more information about the Healthy Pet Clinics and past Clinics by going to Shamrockanimalfund.com or Facebook.com/shamrockanimalfund.
Pet owners with questions can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org