On June 15, a group of league members left the cozy confines of Westchester to spend the day down at Graffiti Church on the Lower East Side of NYC. Our own Stabatha Christie, a vet tech in her non-derby life, invited us to participate in a street clinic for homeless individuals and families and their pets. Sponsored by My Dog Is My Home, the Street Dog Coalition, and several other terrific organizations, the clinic offered free vet care for the furry companions of New York’s homeless population. Dog Guy Foundation provided grooming services. Planned Parenthood’s Project Street Beat rolled up a mobile health van, so the humans weren’t left out!
While the clinic was being set up, SRD teamed up with a few other volunteers to make lunches. Alongside Graffiti Church members, we passed them out in and around Tompkins Square Park. (Graffti Church does Free Lunch in the Park [FLIP] nearly every Saturday.) By the time we were done with that, the clinic was about ready to begin. And rest assured, we took every opportunity to pet some truly spectacular pups.
In total, 42 pets, and several of their owners, received needed healthcare.
Check out Stephanie Augello’s Facebook album for more great photos from the day.
(Top photo also by Stephanie Augello.)