The Community Dog/Community Pet program launched in late 2015 with a few small events in the Bronx, and then began in earnest in 2016 with pet food pantry offering free pet food to residents in danger of having to surrender their pets, free vaccination clinics in neighborhood parks and playgrounds and free dog training at the BronxWorks Community Center. As of June 15th, nearly 1000 pets have benefited directly from these programs, with numbers increasing monthly and additional neighborhood events being planned to reach those who haven't yet participated.
Community Clinics offer free vaccines, microchips and spay/neuter referrals to clients and their pets. We set up in parks and playgrounds and spread the word via flyers in English and Spanish, often deploying volunteers to canvas the area on foot in the weeks ahead of the event. The neighborhoods we have visited so far include: Bathgate, Poe Park, St. Mary's Park, D'Auria-Murphy Triangle (Little Italy), Soundview Park and Hunt's Point Playground. The Hunt's Point event, our most recent, was also our busiest, with 119 dogs waiting patiently in line. This event also was a great example of building community: we've already scheduled adoption events, which we promoted at the clinic, and we are talking about bringing dog training to the recreation center. We have also begun to offer new leashes and collars at these events, often replacing old, tattered leashes or even chains.
Community Clinics Launched! Posted December 21, 2015
On November 22, our Community Dogs Program held its first free vaccination clinic at Bathgate Playground in the Bronx. We provided free vaccines and microchips to 76 dogs! 20 dogs also received spay/neuter appointments with the ASPCA. Check out some more photos from the event on our Facebook page.
In addition, our pet food bank, offering support to families who would otherwise have to surrender their pets, launched in the Bronx. And on December 12, we held our first free dog training workshop. Looking forward to many more great events!