The Shamrock Animal Fund is no longer hosting the Healthy Pet Clinics for a variety of reasons. (Updated: November 2022)

 The Onondaga County Health Department offers FREE rabies vaccination clinics at various locations/dates.  Their phone number is 315-435-3165. 

 The county clinics are limited to rabies vaccinations. You will need to go to a local vet or Pet Co.vaccination clinics on Erie Blvd. in Dewitt for  your pet to receive Distemper vaccination.


 We are grateful to St. Lucy's Church, Assumption Church, Cornell veterinary students and staff, local veterinarians and our amazing volunteers for making the  Clinics a success over a great five years.    List of CNY veterinary practices.

 We miss seeing the Healthy Pet Clinic pet owners & pets.  



st. lucy's &

Assumption church

healthy pet clinics served 3500 syracuse pets 

(Syracuse, New York)  The Healthy Pet Clinics celebrated its 5th year in the fall of 2015 of serving animals in some of Syracuse's most impoverished neighborhoods. The Clinics began in the fall of 2011.  They have offered low cost veterinary care to 3500 animals in our community. 

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 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. 

Here is how the Clinics worked:

The Clinics set up shop on Sunday afternoons.   The fall clinics have found a home at St. Lucy's Church, 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse.  The spring clinics had been held at St. Clare Theatre on the campus of  Assumption Church, 812 North Salina Street in Syracuse, but due to a change in property management that site is no longer available. 

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 beloved pets. 

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REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINIC PARTICIPATION                     photo essay of 2015 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.