Healthy Pet Clinic in Syracuse neighborhood where starving pit bull discovered

Dr. Eve Ryan and veterinary tech Brit Cashman at Healthy Pet Clinic.

The Healthy Pet Clinic organized by the Shamrock Animal Fund and the CNY Animal Welfare Coalition returns to St. Lucy's this Sunday October 14th. The clinic is being held in the same neighborhood where a starving pit bull was picked up on West Onondaga Street less than a week ago.

This innovative program has served some 770 dogs and cats. Pet owners have the opportunity to receive a low cost exam, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment and other care the staff of volunteer veterinarians can offer in the makeshift clinical setting.

This fall clinics are being held at St. Lucyâ??s Church at 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sundays: October 14th and November 11th. These clinics specifically are offered for residents of Syracuseâ??s south and near west sides. Pet owners who live outside of the Syracuse city limits cannot be served.

People are encouraged to arrive early. Owners must bring documentation of financial need and proof of address. 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. Aggressive dogs need muzzles. The City of Syracuse will offer 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 support on rabies vaccinations and tags. Information will also be given on low cost spaying and neutering.

Exam tables will be staffed by volunteer veterinarians and veterinary technicians from several Central New York animal hospitals. The Cornell University Shelter Medicine Program also offers critical support to the Clinic including veterinary students and other expertise. A group of 25 volunteers will coordinate and administer the Clinic operations.

You can find more information about the fall Healthy Pet Clinics and past Clinics by going to or Pet owners can call 315-415-8563 with questions or e-mail:

The Shamrock Animal Fund is a 501c3 not-for-profit started by CNYCentral news anchor Matt Mulcahy and his wife Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy.