Veterinarian treating a dog

After a long hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, Camillus House’s Project Unleashed pet event which was established nearly a decade ago, made a comeback in late June. The event had been on hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.

Throughout the three hours from 9 a.m. to noon, nearby residents brought their pets in for free vaccines and check-ups and to pick up free dry dog and cat food provided by Hill’s Science Diet.

Representatives and veterinarians from Veterinary Centers of America and the Miami Veterinary Foundation were on hand providing much needed check-ups while the team of volunteers stayed busy checking in pet owners and their pets, guiding them to the check-up area and labeling and distributing pet food.

15 pet owners came by and had their animals examined by a team of veterinarians. Dr. Irving Lerner, who has dedicated his time to the event since its inception, was one of the vets on hand that day. He is passionate about the event’s mission to provide free pet services to pet owners in the surrounding neighborhood.

“There is a greater need than ever to provide education, people need to know how to care of their pets, especially the older animals,” said Dr. Lerner. “These are good people and they take care of their animals. The Miami Veterinary Foundation is here to make our community a better place.”

Even though the process of a remote clinic can be complex, Dr. Lerner says “we have to provide one for these people who love and care so much for their pets.”

Project Unleashed happens on the fourth Sunday, every other month from 9 a.m. to noon, except in December. The free vaccines and check-ups are for the first 20 guests and the free dry pet food is available to all who come by.

By: Josie Gulliksen

4 responses to “Furry friends wag tails and purr in delight at Pet Day: Project Unleashed

    1. Likely, in January 2023 since it’s typically scheduled for every other month except December and we just had one this month, in October. If you provided a valid email address we will be sure to email you with a concrete date as the time nears. Thank you!

    1. Hello Elizabeth, We also sent you an email, but the next date is 11.20.2022. We skip December, so after that it will be 1.15.23 and carry on on that cadence (3rd Sunday of each month)!

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