FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 31, 2005
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Veterinary Medical Association of NYC Launch Program for Low-Cost Spay/Neuter for Cats and Dogs of Low-Income New Yorkers
New York, NY Monday, October 31, 2005 Now New York City residents who have a valid Medicaid card can have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered for a special low price: $10 for cats and $20 for dogs.
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and the Veterinary Medical Association of NYC (VMA of NYC) this month launched the Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC. The project, made possible by a $6 million grant from Maddie's Fund, will help to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in New York City by decreasing the number of unwanted canine and feline pregnancies.
Anyone who lives within the five boroughs of New York City and has a valid Medicaid card can have up to a total of six cats or dogs (or a combination of cats/dogs totaling no more than six) spayed or neutered each year for a special low price at participating veterinarians.
To take advantage of this low-cost offer, all a qualified person needs to do is:
These special low fees apply only to spay or neuter surgeries. If a pet requires additional care, such as pre-surgery testing of an older pet or other procedures, those costs will be in addition to the spay/neuter fees. The veterinarian will inform the owner/guardian prior to the surgery if additional costs will be incurred.
The Mayor's Alliance is administering the Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC, and spay/neuter surgeries are provided by veterinary practices that are members of the VMA of NYC and have agreed to participate in this program.
The Mayor's Alliance is promoting the program through the media and NYC's social services networks. If you or someone you know qualifies for this important life-saving program, now is as good a time as any to take advantage of this opportunity.
Spaying or neutering is recommended for several important reasons. It eliminates the chance of unwanted pregnancies; helps reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs; and can help avoid some health and behavioral problems (and their associated costs) in cats and dogs.
Anyone with questions about the Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC is invited to visit the Mayor's Alliance website (www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org) or call (212) 252-2350.
Participating Veterinarians, Listed by Borough
Armory Dog & Cat Hospital – 18 East Kingsbridge Road, 10468
Broadway Animal Hospital – 5664 Broadway, 10463
Lurting Animal Clinic – 3004 Lurting Avenue, 10469
Animal Clinic of Bay Ridge – 689 86th Street, 11228
Animal Clinic of Marine Park – 3616 Quentin Road, 11234
Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital – 365 7th Avenue, 11215
Dr. Linda Jacobson, PC – 291 Kings Highway, 11223
Dr. Sinha's Animal Clinic – 1946 Bath Avenue, 11214
Canarsie Animal Hospital – 8423 Flatlands Avenue, 11236
Grand Animal Clinic – 518 Grand Street, 11211
Mid-Brook Animal Hospital (Cats Only) – 1899 Coney Island Avenue, 11230
Pet Haven Animal Hospital – 290 McDonald Avenue, 11218
Prospect Park Animal Clinic – 105 Prospect Park West, 11215
Williamsburg Veterinary Services – 80 North First Street, 11211
Ansonia Veterinary Center – 207 West 75th Street, 10023
City Veterinary Care – 220 West 72nd Street, 10023
East Side Animal Hospital – 321 East 52nd Street, 10022
Feline Health (Cats Only) – 1533 First Avenue, 10028
Gramercy Park Animal Hospital – 37 East 19th Street, 10003
Lenox Hill Veterinarians – 204 East 76th Street, 10021
Midtown Animal Hospital – 256 East 33rd Street, 10016
Park East Animal Hospital – 52 East 64th Street, 10021
Rivergate Veterinary Clinic – 403 East 37th Street, 10016
St. Mark's Veterinary Hospital – 348 East 9th Street, 10003
Washington Heights Animal Hospital – 2414 Amsterdam Avenue, 10033
West Side Animal Hospital – 733 9th Avenue, 10019
Animal Clinic of Woodhaven – 76-23 Jamaica Avenue, 11421
Animal Hospital of Rockaways – 114-10 Beach Channel Drive, 11379
Corona Heights Animal Health Center – 106-01 Corona Avenue, 11368
Flushing Veterinary Medical Hospital – 44-24 College Point Boulevard, 11355
Howard Beach Animal Clinic – 163-11 Cross Bay Boulevard, 11414
Lawrence Animal Hospital – 77-23 Queens Boulevard, 11373
Maspeth Animal Hospital – 74-10 Grand Avenue, 11373
Noah's Ark Pet Clinic – 85-05 37th Avenue, 11372
Queens Midway Animal Hospital – 77-46 164th Street, 11366
Steinway Court Veterinarian – 32-41R Steinway Street, 11103
Malihan Animal Hospital – 3135 Victory Boulevard, 10314
Northside Animal Hospital – 773 Post Avenue, 10310
Richmond Valley Animal Hospital – 4915 Arthur Kill Road, 10309
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The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie's Fund, is a coalition of more than 85 animal rescue groups and shelters that are working with the City of New York to find homes for every cat and dog in the city who needs one. For more information about the Mayor's Alliance and its Participating Organizations, please visit the Alliance website at www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.
Maddie's Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation (www.maddiesfund.org), is a family foundation funded by PeopleSoft Founder, Dave Duffield, and his wife, Cheryl, to help create a no-kill nation. The first step is to help develop programs that guarantee loving homes for all healthy shelter dogs and cats throughout the country. The next step will be to save sick and injured pets in animal shelters nationwide. Maddie's Fund is named after the Duffield's beloved Miniature Schnauzer. The foundation makes good on a promise the family made to Maddie to give back to her kind in dollars that which Maddie gave to them in friendship and love. Maddie passed away in 1997, but thanks to this one little dog, abandoned shelter dogs and cats have new opportunities to find loving homes in which they, too, may share in the joy, love and companionship that Dave and Cheryl enjoyed with Maddie.
In July 2005, Maddie's Fund awarded a grant of $60,000 to the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City in support of Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC. Maddie's Spay/Neuter Project in NYC is partnering with Maddie's Pet Rescue Project to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter pets in New York City within ten years.
Steve Gruber, Director of Communications
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Phone: (917) 359-6003
Fax: (212) 591-6383
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