On Friday, February 12, 2022, Legislator Kennedy attended a Paws of War hosted pop-up veterinarian clinic for veterans. At the event, Kennedy distributed 200 masks, 200 Covid-19 tests and hand sanitizer to the organization.
The clinic was a resounding success, with an estimated 30 dogs and cats seen through either appointment or walk-in. Paws of War is a national charity headquartered in Nesconset, founded in 2014. They train service dogs for veterans as well as bring home animals that our veterans bonded with overseas.
“This is a resounding resource that our community has for our veterans,” said Legislator Kennedy.
“I would like to thank Robert Misseri, Kelli Porti, Ray Meyer, the veterinarians and other volunteers that donated their time to help our servicemen and women.”
As Co-Founder Robert Misseri stressed, some veterans cannot afford regular animal care on their ordinary incomes. In collaboration with their many volunteers, Paws of War is able to grant peace of mind to veterans by giving their animals either a clean bill of health or necessary treatment. They eventually hope to have monthly veterinarian appointments available.
Attendees were able to treat themselves to complimentary drinks, food and photographs while they waited to be seen.
Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy represents the 12th Legislative District, encompassing Smithtown, Nesconset, Hauppauge, the Village of the Branch, Lake Grove, parts of Commack, Ronkonkoma, Lake Ronkonkoma and Centereach. Legislator Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island, is a former nurse and small business manager, and has dedicated her life toward the betterment of our community. She currently serves on the following committees: Environment, Parks & Agriculture; Veterans & Consumer Affairs; Budget & Finance (Vice Chair); Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness; Education & Labor; Public Safety; Ways & Means (Vice Chair); and Health (Chair).