Cases of abused and neglected animals are reported all too often in CNY. A non-profit dedicated to helping people better care for their pets is gearing up for a major fundraiser to help prevent such situations. Sarah Blazonis has more on the upcoming Shamrock's Celebration.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- Founders of the group actually named their foundation Shamrock after their dog who passed away a few years ago. While they were seeking care for him, they met several pet owners struggling with the cost of vet bills and they wanted to do something to help. So they founded the Shamrock Animal Fund.
The organization pays a portion of vet bills for animals whose owners can show a financial need. Owners who want to take part have to provide documentation to prove that need and will be responsible for part of the bill. Participating vets also must offer a discount.
The group is holding one of its major fundraisers, the fourth annual Shamrock Celebration, next month. Officials with the fund say it's helped fill a crucial need in nine counties across Central New York.
"Our shelters are already overwhelmed with cruelty cases, as we very well know, abandoned animals, abused animals, and they don't need more people showing up surrendering animals because of the bad economy or because an owner can no longer afford to maintain their pet," said Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy, the fund's president.
This year's Shamrock's Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at King & King Architects on the edge of Armory Square in Syracuse. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, and live auction. You have to pre-register for this event at http://www.shamrockanimalfund.com/.
The fund's main focus is just Central New York, but that covers a very wide area. Founders say it's helped pet owners in nine counties, including Binghamton, Watertown, and into Cayuga and Herkimer counties.
It also partners with other animal welfare services to hold Healthy Pet Clinics. The clinics are open to Syracuse city residents who can show a financial need. A vet exam and vaccinations are provided. Those who take part are asked to leave a $10 donation. Upcoming clinics will be held at St. Claire's Theater on N. Salina St. on Sunday, April 7, and Sunday, May 5th.