The Street Dog Coalition (SDC) was founded by veterinarian Jon Geller in Colorado in 2014, and has grown to serve pets and humans in more than 50 cities across the country. Dr. Lamb and his wife helped form the SDC New York City group in 2018, holding their first clinic at Graffiti Church in partnership with My Dog is My Home and the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare.
An all-volunteer effort, SDC-NYC has assembled a cadre of folks who are willing to give back. “If everyone can give back a little - you don’t have to be a superhero. I have a day job, and I’m able to take a day off from work to do this. I keep our supplies in my basement. Little things add up, and we’re able to help people who otherwise would not be able to access care for their pets.”
This is their first clinic for unsheltered people and pets since the pandemic began. Along with common medicines - dewormers and antibiotics, among others – they are able to offer core vaccines that all pets need.
“A big focus for us is follow up care,” said Dr. Lamb. “For instance, we saw a dog this morning that really needs to be sedated to do a full exam, which we can’t do here, of course. But through connections at City Vet and the ASPCA we can help people access that care at very low cost to ensure their pets are thriving.”
And of course, the SDC-NYC team looks forward to checking up on patients at the next One Health Clinic. Improving health outcomes for people and their pets begins by building trust, and an integrated care model can make all the difference.
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