CLINICO OPENS 3RD CLINIC TO PROVIDE LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES FOR LOS ANGELES PET OWNERS
LOS ANGELES (August 17, 2010) - Clinico (www.clinico.org) will open its 3rd state of the art, high quality, low cost, spay/neuter clinic located at the East Valley Animal Care Center at 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405.
A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony, including clinic tours for media representatives will be held at the center on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA City Councilman District 6, Tony Cardenas, new LA Animals Services General Manager Brenda Barnette and other special guests will be in attendance to reveal this new resource to the public.
Following Thursday’s press conference, Clinico will host its Grand Opening Community event on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Festivities on this day will feature a walk in clinic for dog owners, offering FREE vaccinations and microchips, while supplies last. In addition, visitors can book appointments for spay and neuter services for both cats and dogs. The day will also include music, face painting and giveaways.
Clinico spay/neuter clinics provide the highest quality pet sterilization services, at subsidized prices for low-income pet owners. Sterilizing a pet provides benefits for owners which include reduced risk of certain health issues, elimination of some nuisance behaviors tied to mating, and lower cost license fees. By helping to eliminate the birth of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens Clinico helps to reduce shelter animal intake, decrease animal euthanasia, and foster animal welfare throughout Los Angeles. Beyond spay/neuter, Clinico provides other services such as, pain medication for animals, flea and tick treatment, ear mite treatment, vaccinations, rabies shots, FelV FlV testing for cats and microchipping services on a walk in basis from 10am – 4pm each day.
Clinico employs highly trained veterinary staff and uses leading-edge equipment to provide its safe, reliable and affordable spay and neuter services. Moreover, Clinico accepts vouchers and coupons from other organizations, such as Los Angeles Animal Services, to further minimize sterilization costs. This assistance to low-income families can make a tremendous impact on pet sterilization in communities, particularly as the global economic downturn continues to impact Los Angeles.
Substantial funding for this newest Clinico location is generously provided by PetSmart Charities® as part of their landmark Spay Los Angeles initiative. Additionally, thanks to a grant from Found Animals, Clinico will offer FREE SPAY AND NEUTER SERVICES for Cats, Chihuahuas, Chihuahua Mixes, Pitbulls and Pitbull Mixes to pet owners who reside in zip codes 91331, 91335, 91406 and 91605 for a limited time.
“Clinico is thrilled and privileged to open its 3rd spay/neuter clinic,” noted Wendy Asman, Executive Director of Clinico. “Sterilization is absolutely critical to the maintenance of shelters and to overall animal welfare, especially in an urban environment such as Los Angeles. As we help low-income families spay and neuter their pets, we make our community a better place for everyone,” she added.
To make an appointment for a surgery at the new Clinico, located at the East Valley Animal Care Center in Van Nuys or one of the other two Clinico locations, please call Clinico at 888-937-7295. More information is available at www.clinico.org.
Clinico is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to substantially reduce animal shelter intake by providing high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services to underserved residents of Los Angeles County. Clinico hopes to play a key role in creating an environment in Los Angeles in which animal shelters no longer rely on euthanizing animals as a way of controlling pet overpopulation. Clinico currently operates three spay/neuter clinics in the Los Angeles area – Pico Rivera, San Pedro and Van Nuys. Clinico relies on the generous support of donors to provide services to low income clients at subsidized prices. For more information, to book an appointment, or to donate please call 888-937-7295 or visit www.clinico.org
ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®
PetSmart Charities®, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities® has funded more than $88 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.7 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities® is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.
PetSmart Charities® announced its landmark Spay Los Angeles Initiative in October 2008. PetSmart Charities® is committed to reducing shelter intake, and the euthanasia of dogs and cats for whom there are no homes, by providing funding to increase the number of spay/neuter clinics that provide affordable services in the city and county of Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://www.petsmartcharities.org/spay-LA/index.php.
ABOUT FOUND ANIMALS
Found Animals Foundation (www.foundanimals.org) is a privately funded Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal shelter processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area shelters and spay/neutering clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neutering, micro-chipping programs, and various animal and pet-related events.
In October 2008, Found Animals made a $1 million pledge to support the Spay Los Angeles Initiative.