Syracuse Healthy Pet Clinics to begin 3rd year of helping animals

The innovative Healthy Pet Clinics return to the near west side of Syracuse for the third season of helping pets in the city's neediest neighborhoods. The Clinics, which are organized and staffed exclusively by volunteers, have served 1400 animals since their inception in 2011. Dogs and cats receive vaccinations, exams, flea/tick treatment and other care provided by volunteer veterinarians.

CNYCentral/NBC 3 news anchor Matt Mulcahy and his wife co-founded the Shamrock Animal Fund which is the lead organizer of this cooperative venture among animal helping agencies.

The fall clinics will run Sunday afternoons September 15th, October 13th and November 10th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at St. Lucy's Church gymnasium, 425 Gifford Street. A high level of interest by pet owners often leads to early arrivals. Pets will be treated on a first come, first serve basis.

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 or Pet owners with questions can e-mail: