Central Veterinary Associates Returns to Island Park to Assist Local Pet Owners Affected by Hurricane Sandy


For the second time this month, Central Veterinary Associates will be joined by the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.C.S.P.C.A.) and local elected officials to provide free veterinary services to owners and their animals at the Long Island Rail Road station at Island Park on December 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The train station is located on the corner of Long Beach Road and Austin Boulevard in Island Park.

Veterinarians and staff members from CVA will offer 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.

This is the second time that CVA is offering pro bono services to animal owners affected by Hurricane Sandy. On December 2, veterinarians from CVA offered free advice and consultations to 70 pet owners. They also provided free examinations of the animals and vouchers for free rabies vaccinations.

“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.

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