The SCAWC has served as the island’s only shelter for nearly 50 years, but in recent years, island-wide economic hardship has threatened the shelter’s existence. This, combined with our already staggering pet overpopulation challenges, has placed us in a critical situation. Additionally, many pet owners on St. Croix struggle with the cost of veterinary care and some are unable to seek care at all, leading to increased surrenders and abandonment. The low-cost clinic will provide an avenue to help keep pets in their homes and promote humane and responsible pet ownership.
We Have Already Seen Progress…
In 2016, we operated a limited spay/neuter and wellness clinic which already served hundreds of local pets. We were just operating 2 days a week with little advertisement and many of our clients had never been to a vet before. Combined with other new initiatives, we were able to more than DOUBLE OUR LIFESAVING in 2016 alone!
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Dr. Michelle Mehalick, a veterinarian who started working on St. Croix in 2008 and for the SCAWC in 2009, where I fell in love with the shelter medicine and St. Croix. I left St. Croix from late 2012 to early 2015, during which time I opened clinics for non-profit organizations in Monterey, CA and southeastern PA. I moved back in May of 2015 to open a private practice and started helping with the shelter while I made my plans… I soon realized that another private practice is not what was needed, but rather a low-cost clinic that would serve the needs of the community. Welcome to the COMMUNITY ANIMAL CLINIC, offering a low cost option for the animals and people that are part of the island community.
I practice what I preach. All my pets are shelter adoptions (most from St. Croix) and I currently have 7 foster cats milling around on the couch “helping” me to write this. I use modern, high quality, high volume surgery practices and have worked with specialists in everything from ophthalmology to orthopedics. I have not kept a log of the spays and neuters I have performed, but it must be well over 5,000.
The low-cost clinic is the “missing piece” to tie together our new initiatives to decrease animals coming into the shelter and increase those going out. ALL money donated specifically to the Community Clinic goes directly towards medical equipment and supplies for the low-cost clinic to increase our services offered.
If you have ever worked with me, if you have ever visited this pretty little rock but saw a dog or cat eating from a dumpster, please support the shelter with your directed donation to this cause.
Make an appointment to guarantee to be seen.
Walk-ins as available
Monday and Friday: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m.