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Our Services

All services and goods are provided at no charge and include the following:

  • Spay and neuter surgery
  • Microchip implantation for pet identification
  • Treatment for worms
  • Nail clipping
  • Vaccines for distemper, rabies, upper respiratory disease, etc.
  • Flea and heartworm preventive medicines
  • Medication for ear infections, skin diseases, arthritis pain, and other problems
  • Pet food (when available)
  • Pet supplies, such as leashes, collars, shampoo, etc.
  • Consultation services regarding diagnoses, treatment, home care, etc.

Vet student vaccinating puppy

Hamsters and Other Pets

Occasionally, pets other than dogs and cats are brought to the clinic. Veterinary care is available for hamsters, gerbils and other small animals if arrangements are made in advance. Owners should contact us for information.

Hamster

Adoption Services

When clients cannot keep their pets for any reason or are unable to give them adequate care, the staff will help find permanent, loving homes for the animals. Adoption arrangements are made through pet rescue organizations in Alachua County.


Eligibility

We have limited capacity to take new clients. If you are interested in joining the program, call 352-372-4959 and leave a message with your name and phone number. You will be called back to schedule a screening appointment. (If you do not have a phone, email coordinator@stfrancishousepetcare.org or come to 501 SE 2nd St. any Tuesday at 9:00am WITHOUT YOUR PET to be scheduled for screening.) At this time the wait is about a month. If your pet needs spay/neuter, we will arrange for surgery as soon as possible.

To be eligible for services you must meet our criteria for low income. If you are on food stamps, disability, and/or Medicaid you are probably eligible. Homeless persons who do not have the required documentation are allowed into the program. Students and their pets are not accepted into the program.

We also require that all animals in your household be spayed or neutered. If you have unsterilized pets, we will arrange rabies and distemper vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery for them when we place you on the waiting list. This will be done at no cost to you, but you must keep your appointments to drop off and pick up your pets at the Clinic.

To contact us, leave a message at (352) 372-4959 or email coordinator@stfrancishousepetcare.org. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Other sources of aid

If your pet has a medical emergency or condition that is out of scope for the Clinic, and if you qualify as a client of the Clinic, there are some funding organizations that might be able to help you. For more information, see sources of financial assistance.