SICSA Veterinary Clinics’ Focus on Community

The SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center (SICSA) is once again taking their veterinary clinic on the road to serve pet owners in need.  On Friday July 14, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., SICSA will hold one of their Community Veterinary Care programs at East End Community Services, located at 624 Xenia Avenue, Dayton, OH 45410.   

This clinic will be SICSA’s largest to date, involving multiple community partners and their clients in need including, East End Community Services, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, El Puente Educational Center, and Hispanic Catholic Services.  SICSA will provide more than a dozen people to staff the event, including a veterinarian and volunteers who speak Spanish.  “We are helping to remove barriers that often prevent people from seeking medical care for their pets”, shared Nora Vondrell, President & CEO at SICSA. “We know the important role animals hold in the lives of their families. They are family members, with studies showing that pet ownership increases happiness and mental well-being, as well as socialization and physical activity”, continues Vondrell. “When a family is experiencing financial stress, the ability to provide for all members, including the pets, is important. We have seen pet owners go without food to be able provide for their four-legged members of the family.  We want to help people by helping their beloved pets.”  

Jan Lepore-Jentleson, Executive Director of East End Community Services, shared, “We are very grateful to SICSA for bringing this wonderful opportunity to families and their pets in East Dayton, and we welcome them to our community center.  We love animals at East End, and we know how much our neighbors love their pets.  We are delighted that so many pet owners are taking advantage of SICSA’s clinic on July 14th.” 

Supported by the Houtz Family Foundation, 180 cats and dogs will be examined by a veterinarian and receive core vaccines, flea prevention, deworming treatments, and even a follow-up care plan. “Appointments were required in advance and were completely booked in record time. We know the need is great, and are so we are thankful our community partners helped us identity those most in need”, concluded Vondrell.  SICSA plans to hold two additional clinics in upcoming months.  

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