Image: (left to right) Veterinarian, Dr. W. Phelps, Teddy, a veteran, with his dog Rocco, Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland, Veterinarian Technician, Ashleigh, and Paws of War Co-Founder, Dori Scofield, with her dog Duchess.
Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland, Chairwoman of the Legislature’s Veterans Committee, hosted a free mobile veterinary clinic on April 27th with Paws of War at her district office. The clinic was a part of Paws of War’s Vets2Vets program. This innovative program brings veterinary care free of charge to veterans who may otherwise not be able to provide the necessary care to their animals. The program provides basic veterinary care such as a wellness check, grooming, vaccinations, microchipping, flea/tick protection and pet supplies. During the clinic the veterinarians saw 25 animals helping 15 veterans and Paws of War handed out numerous animals supplies to veterans in need.
“As the Chairwoman of the Legislature’s Veterans Committee I have seen first-hand the amazing work Paws of War does for our veterans, which is why I was proud to host their clinic at my district office. It is well known that having an animal can be a vital tool in helping veterans combat the emotional effects of war,” said Legislator Susan A. Berland. “The new Vets2Vets program is providing an amazing service for our veterans who may be unable to provide the necessary care for their animal. I want to thank Paws of War for everything they do to support our veterans, they are truly an asset to our County.”
Dori Scofield, Paws of War Co-Founder, said: “We are honored to provide free veterinary services to our heroes’ pets and are thrilled to team up with Legislator Berland to offer local veterans this opportunity.”