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      Matt's Memo: November Healthy Pet Clinic

      Healthy Pet Clinic, Syracuse. / Photo by Matt Mulcahy.

      We're excited for the third Healthy Pet Clinic of the fall. Our gratitude goes to all who have volunteered and donated to make this low cost care possible for pet owners in Syracuse.

      Here are all the details:

      The next Healthy Pet Clinic is Sunday November, 13th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at St. Lucy's Church Auditorium/Gymnasium on 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse. The clinic is for pet owners with financial need who live in Syracuse's south and near west side neighborhoods. There is a $10 cash donation per animal requested.

      This is the third clinic offered this fall to serve pets who have owners with financial limitations in Syracuse's south and near west side neighborhoods. It is sponsored by the Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition and the Shamrock Animal Fund.

      The first two Healthy Pet Clinics in September and October served some 170 dogs and cats from approximately more than 100 households. In October time limitations required some 30 animals to be turned away. It is recommended that pet owners arrive early.


      The Clinic requires pet owners bring identification, proof of address and a means of verifying financial need. Participants must reside in Syracuse's south and near west side neighborhoods. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled (if aggressive) and cats brought in carriers. A donation of $10 per animal is requested.

      The clinics provide veterinary exams and critical vaccinations to dogs and cats. In addition, veterinarians may offer flea and tick preventative, educational materials and determine eligibility for free or low cost spay or neuter.

      Volunteer Effort

      The Clinic is the result of nearly a year of planning by numerous animal welfare groups aided by the Shamrock Animal Fund. Cornell University's Veterinary Hospital staff and students are assisting with the Clinics alongside volunteer veterinarians from the Central New York region.

      Questions: call 415-8563 or e-mail

      More coverage of the October Healthy Pet Clinic.