A not for profit fund in Central New York providing financial assistance for veterinary costs for animals in need.
(Syracuse, NY) - The Shamrock Animal Fund has extended the RSVP deadline to Friday, March 15th for guests wishing to attend the 4th annual Shamrock's Celebration on Saturday evening March 23rd.
Online reservations and payment are available to be part of the festive Irish themed party at King & King Architects on W. Jefferson Street on the edge of Armory Square. Premier Catering is serving corned beef and turkey carving stations and a mashed potato bar. There's plenty of beer, wine and soda to enjoy while dancing and listening to the music of Grupo Pagan.
Article by Farah Jadran featured in March 2013 issue of Syracuse Woman Magazine
When it’s Christmastime, we think of tall evergreens covered in lights and ornaments. But this past Christmas brought more than holly and mistletoe, it brought the “luck of the Irish.” More specifically, the care and support of the Shamrock Animal Fund for a four-month-old puppy.
One month after Kathy Wilson got her dog Trixie, the unthinkable happened. On the night before Christmas Eve, while Kathy worked the night shift, the Bichon-Shi Tzu mix chewed a plugged-in electrical cord burning her mouth and singeing her lungs.
Alarmed about the situation, Kathy began calling every veterinary clinic in the phone book as soon as she returned home from work. From the start, Kathy knew the vet care would be costly. She was waiting for her next paycheck to pay for Trixie’s care.
Kathy openly admitted how disheartening it was to call one veterinary office after another with the same response, “No.” Whether it was the Christmas Eve holiday or Kathy’s inability to pay for all the services, she said it was difficult to hear that no one would help.
But when Kathy dialed Fairmount Animal Hospital on Christmas Eve, she was more than surprised. “It was a great relief,” she said. “They told me,‘no problem, bring her in.’” Dr. Eileen Fatcheric, of Fairmount Animal Hospital, said there were many reasons why they said, “yes,” to Kathy’s call.
“Kathy was very honest and upfront about how much she could afford and she told me she was turned down from many other vets,” Dr. Fatcheric said. “She was well-meaning, very concerned and at the least she wanted to get Trixie in for an assessment.”
Within minutes of taking a look at Trixie and performing a chest X-ray, Dr. Fatcheric found that in addition to the burns in the dog’s mouth; also she had respiratory distress, lung abnormalities and some complications with her blood vessels. Dr. Fatcheric donated the cost of the X-ray. That still left Kathy with more costs to cover. Enter, the Shamrock Animal Fund. read more »
This letter appeared in the Post-Standard and on Syracuse.com on Saturday, February 2, 2013.
Three years ago we were inspired to establish the Shamrock Animal Fund in memory of our dog, Shamrock. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit fund helps pay for veterinary care for animals whose Central New York owners have financial limitations.
Pet owners are required to demonstrate need and assume financial responsibility toward the vet costs. Funds raised are paid directly to veterinarians who provide discounted care. read more »
(Syracuse, NY) The Shamrock Animal Fund co-founders Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy and Matt Mulcahy will host Shamrock's Celebration 2013 on Saturday evening, March 23rd, 6:30p.m. until 10:30p.m. The event will be held once again at King & King Architects, 358 West Jefferson Street (at the corner of West Street) on the edge of Armory Square in Syracuse.
The annual Shamrock's Celebration has quickly become a tradition on the March social calendar during the month long Irish activities for which the Syracuse area is known.
The Irish themed festive evening will include raffles, live and silent auctions featuring gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses. Guests will be entertained by the music of Grupo Pagan. Premier Catering will serve Irish fare of corned beef and turkey carving stations along with a mashed potato and toppings bar will be served. Supporters can responsibly enjoy beer, wine and soda.
SPECIAL NOTE: In the final days before Shamrock's Celebration we can accommodate late responders through online payment and donation only. Be sure to e-mail email@example.com or call 415-8563 to notify the Shamrock Animal Fund. No payment at the door.
Large screen televisions will accommodate guests who are NCAA basketball fans.
Plenty of FREE parking is available in the adjacent King & King Architects and Steri Pharma parking lots.
Proceeds from Shamrock's Celebration benefit the Shamrock Animal Fund, a 501c3 not for profit fund and The Healthy Clinics helping animals in our community receive veterinary care.
The event is $50 per person. Payment and reservations can be made online. Supporters can also mail checks to: Shamrock Animal Fund, 7815 Karakul Lane, Fayetteville NY 13066. RSVP EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH. read more »
As 2013 begins the Shamrock Animal Fund moves into its fourth year of helping to pay for veterinary care for animals in need across Central New York.
The demand for assistance remains high. Pet owners call and e-mail every day asking for help with the dogs and cats. Often times the medical need is sudden and unexpected. The treatment can be costly.
The Shamrock Animal Fund asks owners to pay the majority of the bill, veterinarians to offer a discount and then the Fund helps with a supplemental payment.
The Fund has helped pay for the care for more than 80 animals. President and Co-founder Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy has advocated and counseled many more times that number of pet owners looking for direction.
The Healthy Pet Clinics organized by the Shamrock Animal Fund have served more than 1,000 pets in the neediest of Syracuse's neighborhoods.
It is only possible through the help of generous supporters. Thank you.
(Syracuse) - The Healthy Pet Clinic organized by the Shamrock Animal Fund and the CNY Animal Welfare coalition served its 1,000 pet during the November 11th Clinic at St. Lucy's Church on Syracuse's near west side.
This was the last Clinic of 2012. Volunteer staff, veterinarians and veterinary technicians served a record 166 animals. The official hours were 1:00 to 4:00 pm, but pet owners were lining up by 10:30 am for a chance to have their dog or cat examined, vaccinated and treated for any other ailments that the veterinarians could handle on the spot.
Shufronia Love of Syracuse was the owner of the 1,000th pet served. She appreciated the designation and praised the volunteer effort for providing a service for her two cats that she could not otherwise afford.
Organizers are discussing a return in the spring to Assumption Church on Syracuse's north side. If the Clinics continue they would be held in April, May and June. read more »
(Syracuse, NY) - The final Healthy Pet Clinic of the 2012 fall series will likely push the total number of dogs and cats served over the 1,000 mark in just 14 months of operation by the all volunteer service.
Another 100 plus pets are expected by organizers from the Shamrock Animal Fund and the Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition. Volunteer veterinarians from the Syracuse area will be joined by staff and students from the Cornell University Shelter Medicine program is operating eight to ten exam tables.
For $10 the pet receives an exam, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment and other services as providing by the veterinary staff.
The final edition of the series of fall clinics takes place at St. Lucy’s Church at 425 Gifford Street
in Syracuse from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday November 11th.
These clinics specifically are offered for residents of Syracuse’s south and
near west sides. Pet owners who live outside of the Syracuse city limits cannot
People are encouraged to arrive early. Owners must bring documentation
of financial need and proof of address. Income limits are $25,000 per individual or $40,000 for a household. There is a $10 cash fee per
Owners need to bring past veterinary and vaccination records. Cats
must be in carriers. Dogs must be leashed. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled.
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. read more »
(Syracuse, NY) Volunteers served some 120 dogs and cats today over a busy five hour clinic set up inside the gymnasium in one of the neediest neighborhoods in Syracuse. Pet owners started arriving before 10:00 a.m. even though the official opening time for the Clinic was 1:00 p.m.
"Now that we are into the second year of the Healthy Pet Clinics we are running a smoother more effective operation," said Matt Mulcahy one of the event organizers. "The gratitude that comes back to us from the pet owners makes the effort truly rewarding for our volunteer staff."
Many of the clients attending the 2012 fall series of clinics first came to a Healthy Pet Clinic one years ago. "It is exciting to see familiar faces coming through the door one year later," said Shamrock Animal Fund co-founder Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy. "It's good to know they are following up on the needed care for their animals."
Volunteer veterinarians included: Drs. Eileen Fatcheric and Dr. Andrea Lee from Fairmount Animal Hospital, Dr. Nancy Freeborough from Nottingham Pet Clinic, Drs. Marcia Ziegler and Jo Millard from Stack Hospital for Pets, Dr. Eve Ryan from Beaver Lake Animal Hospital, Dr. Gayanna Gilbraith from Cicero Animal Clinic and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner leading a group of veterinary students from Cornell University's Shelter Medicine Program.
This series of fall clinics return to St. Lucy’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 Syracuse’s south and near west sides. Pet owners who live outside of the Syracuse city limits cannot be served. read more »
Healthy Pet Clinics embark on second year of voluntary service to animals and needy owners in Syracuse
(Syracuse, NY) - By late Sunday morning volunteers will convert the quiet of the old gymnasium at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse into a hive of activity to deliver veterinary care to animals who otherwise would go without. The Healthy Pet Clinics organized by the Shamrock Animal Fund and the Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition are returning for a second year of offering low cost care in some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
This innovative program served some 650 dogs and cats in its first year of operation. At times pet owners waited for several hours for the opportunity to receive a low cost exam, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment and whatever other care the staff of volunteer veterinarians can offer in the makeshift clinical setting.
This series of fall clinics return to St. Lucy’s Church at 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sundays: September 9th, October 14th and November 11th. These clinics specifically are offered for residents of Syracuse’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. read more »
The Shamrock Animal Fund continues to help animals during the summer months. We receive numerous calls and e-mails requesting help in paying for the care of pets.
Pet owners should take note of the requirements of the Fund that are a necessary part of receiving assistance.
Thank you to all of our supporters who continue to make this mission possible.
The animal owner has to assume majority financial responsibility toward the vet bill.
The animal owner has to demonstrate financial need & verify income with appropriate documentation. All information remains confidential. read more »