SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Street Dog Coalition did a free pop-up pet health clinic in Syracuse on Monday. The clinic was hosted at the Kia Foundation in Eastwood, a pet thrift store offering pet-owners new and used supplies.
The Kia Foundation’s motto is “always put our animals first,” and employee Meg Fazio said they aim to make pet ownership accessible to all income levels.
“Not just people who have money want to have pets. People have had pets and lost their jobs, so we’re just here trying to help the community,” Fazio said.
The clinic offered shots and clippings to cats and dogs. The Street Dog Coalition said they expected 30 pets to come for checkups as the clinic ran from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Fazio says the clinics make a big impact in the wake of the pandemic, making sure that cost doesn’t get in the way of health for pets during tight financial times.
“The clinics are great. They really help people out, especially through this hard time everyone has been through, with the COVID,” Fazio said. “People are having a hard time recovering, people come in all the time saying I would not be able to have my pet if this store wasn’t here.”
It was just the second free clinic held in Syracuse by the Street Dog Coalition, which will continue to host the pop-ups on the third Monday of every month.