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Central Veterinary Associates Joins in Inter-Agency Effort to Help Local Pet Owners Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Introduced Hub-and-Spoke Model in Providing 24-Hour Animal Care

In an effort to assist pet owners who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Central Veterinary Associates will be involved in a joint venture with the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.C.S.P.C.A.) to provide free veterinary services to owners and their animals at the Long Island Rail Road station at Island Park on December 2, starting at 11 a.m. The train station is located on the corner of Long Beach Road and Austin Boulevard in Island Park.

Veterinarians and staff from CVA will provide free advice and free consultations to pet owners. Those who bring their pets will also receive vouchers for veterinary services, including coupons for 20% off these services. Pet food and pet items that have been collected at CVA’s Valley Stream hospital will also be distributed at the train station along with SCSPCA donations.

“We urge all pet owners who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy to visit us and receive a free consultation,” said Dr. John Charos, Chief Operating Officer, Central Veterinary Associates and Lead Coordinator, New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team and Animal Planning Task Force. “When we face natural disasters such as this, we sometimes forget that our pets can be affected. We are proud to team up with such organizations as NYC VERT and the S.C.S.P.C.A. as a way of giving back to the community. If your pet becomes ill, please also remember that our Valley Stream hospital is available 24/7.”

CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays and for emergency situations and natural disasters. Thanks to backup generators, it has remained open throughout the storm and its aftermath.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.