A not for profit fund in Central New York providing financial assistance for veterinary costs for animals in need.
The holiday season is a time of great joy, but also a time of struggle and hardship for many. As the Shamrock Animal Fund moves into its third year of operation we look back at the hundreds of animals and families we have touched with financial help, advice, advocacy and care. We also remember our wonderful dog of nearly 19 years Shamrock for which the fund is named.
It was our caring for our aging Shamrock that inspired us to find a way to help others pay for their veterinary care. It was in the waiting rooms for veterinary exams, tests and surgeries where we witnessed the need first hand. That's how the Shamrock Animal Fund discovered its mission of helping to pay for veterinary care for animals in need that have owners with financial limitations.
We went more than 18 months without a dog in our home until early this fall when Bentley found us. He had been taken off the streets of Syracuse by animal control and brought to the Dewitt Animal Hospital which contracts as the city shelter. They guessed Bentley to be somewhere between three and five years old. He seems to be a poodle/Bichon mix. It doesn't really matter what breed. He has brought energy, vigor and warmth to our home.
Dog lovers know that no one pet can take the place of the one before. They're all different. Shamrock was regal, intelligent and handsome. Bentley is friendly, adventurous and powerful. read more »
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the November Healthy Pet Clinic a tremendous success. The Clinic served some 150 pets from owners who patiently waited as long a 4 hours to receive an exam, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment and other care in exchange for $10. We are working on future Clinic plans which would likely happen in the Spring.
The Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition along with the Shamrock Animal Fund has organized these clinics filling a void in animal care in the Syracuse area.
The Healthy Pet Clinic was covered by NBC 3, CBS 5, CW 6, CNYcentral.com, YNN and the Syracuse Post-Standard. read more »
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. read more »
A bright sunny October Sunday afternoon helped attract dozens of pet owners to this month's edition of the Healthy Pet Clinic in Syracuse. More than 30 volunteers served more than 70 pet owners and some 107 dogs and cats at St. Lucy's Church Auditorim. Some people waited over two hours for the chance to get an exam, vaccinations and flea or tic treatment in exchange for a $10 donation per animal. read more »
Sunday October 9th
The Healthy Pet Clinic sponsored by the CNY Animal Welfare Coalition returns to St. Lucy's Church Auditorium/Gym on Sunday, October 9th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This is the second clinic offered this fall to serve pets who have owners with financial limitations in Syracuse's south and near west side neighborhoods.
The initial Healthy Pet Clinic in September served some 60 dogs and cats from approximately 40 households. Many of the owners of the animals expressed tremendous appreciation for the low cost care offered by the volunteer veterinarians and staff.
The Clinic requires pet owners bring identification, proof of address and something to verify financial need. Participants must reside in Syracuse's south and near west side neighborhoods. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled and cats brought in carriers. A donation of $10 per animal is requested. read more »
Click here to view collage of photos from September 11th Healthy Pet Clinic.
The words of thanks and appreciation from pet owners went a long way as payment this afternoon to the volunteers who helped with the first of its kind Healthy Pet Clinic in Syracuse. More than sixty cats and dogs received veterinary exams, vaccinations and assorted other treatments on Sunday, September 11th. The first pet owners lined up an hour before the doors were set to open. They continued a steady flow over the three scheduled hours of the clinic at St.Lucy's Church gymansium. read more »
SYRACUSE, NY -- The Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition is inviting pet owners in some of Syracuse’s neediest neighborhoods to Healthy Pet Clinics this fall. The clinics will provide veterinary exams and critical vaccinations to dogs and cats that have owners with financial need. The Shamrock Animal Fund is organizing this effort along with many other volunteer animal welfare agencies in Central New York, area veterinarians and Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals Shelter program.
The clinics are the culmination of nearly a year of planning by local animal advocates. They are being held in Syracuse in the center of a vast area within the city that has an absence of veterinary hospitals. The clinics are targeted for residents of the near and south west sides of the City of Syracuse. read more »
The summer of 2011 has been busy for the Shamrock Animal Fund as the phone calls, emails and Facebook postings for help continue to come in at a rapid rate. It has been a pleasure to help pay for the cost of veterinary care for a Bijon named Nikki or a cat named Tiger. Some have needed a test others have needed surgery. In just over one year of helping our greater Central New York community we have helped pay for the care of more than 40 animals and had contacts and offered guidance to close to 200 pet owners.
For those of you visiting our site or inquiring about how the Shamrock Animal Fund works here's a brief summary: We help pay for the veterinary care for animals in need that have owners with documented financial limitations. The Shamrock Animal Fund payment is a supplement to the full bill for care. The fund asks the pet owner to assume some of the financial responsibility which typically includes applying for Care Credit.
The Shamrock Animal Fund asks the veterinary provider to offer a discount or some method of financial accommodation such as a payment plan. We appreciate our partners in the veterinary community who have worked to make care more accessible for pet owners who have very limited resources. read more »
UPDATE May 28th: In less than four weeks the CNYcentral Facebook Charity Challenge Count Up to 15,000 has helped the Shamrock Animal Fund more than triple its number of Facebook fans. Yesterday morning CNYcentral's Facebook page hit 15,000 fans. That target triggers a donation of $1000 to the Shamrock Animal Fund from CNYcentral which includes NBC3, CW 6, CBS 5, CNYcentral.com, Facebook.com/cnycentralnews and CNYcentral television. Thank you to all who have participated in an exciting community building project.
UPDATE May 14th - In less than two weeks the CNYcentral Facebook Charity Challenge Count Up to 15,000 has helped the Shamrock Animal Fund more than double its number of Facebook fans. This has extended the reach of the fund to communicate with supporters, donors and beneficiaries. Thank you to CNYcentral. We look forward to the challenge meeting its goal by the end of May and the $1000 donation that will come to the Shamrock Animal Fund.
Dogs like Isabel the St. Bernard sometimes need a little help when they are injured or sick. Families can't afford the needed care without some assistance. That's where the Shamrock Animal Fund comes in to help. The Shamrock Animal Fund helps pay for veterinary care for animals in need that have owners with financial limitations. NBC 3, CW 6 News Anchor Matt Mulcahy and his wife Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy co-founded the fund in January of 2010.
There's an easy way to help the Shamrock Animal Fund and also the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation started by meteorologist Wayne Mahar. You can take part in the CNYcentral Facebook Charity Challenge. All you have to do is go to the CNYcentral Facebook page and click LIKE. When CNYcentral hits 15,000 fans by the end of May it will donate $1000 to both animal welfare funds. read more »
Shamrock Animal Fund helps Syracuse dog Ruby Tuesday receive veterinary surgery to remove large mass
(Syracuse, NY) - Ruby Tuesday, the bright nine year old Jack Russell Terrier mix, bounded in her front yard barking at the people walking by her house on Syracuse's northeast side. Her tail wagged in the bright early spring sunshine as her family held her leash from the front steps. The Standos rescued Ruby from the Dewitt Animal Hospital eight years before. Her previous owner abandoned her. She has been the shining light in the Standos' home every since.
Despite that sunny disposition Ruby had a pressing medical issue. She had a large mass hanging from her abdomen. The pace of growth had quickened in recent weeks. Henry Stando once worked at the now closed Marsellus Casket factory. He has struggled to find a decent paying job. read more »