Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) will join Complete Care Veterinary Center, Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice, Northside Animal Hospital, the New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYCVERT), and the Staten Island Recreational Association in hosting a free veterinary care event for survivors of Hurricane Sandy on Saturday, June 29th, outside of the Staten Island Recreational HOOPH Riding Academy at 599 Father Capodanno Blvd. Services to be provided include blood work, examinations, medication, and vaccines. Those interested in taking advantage of this service must bring valid government identification and proof of FEMA registration.

“We’ve done three prior events offering free veterinary care and the response was overwhelming. This is a service that Sandy survivors can really use as it relieves one of their many household expenses,” said Malliotakis. “This time we’re proud to be partnering with local Staten Island veterinarians who already donated their talents and services at the evacuation centers during Sandy’s immediate aftermath. They’re once again donating their services and the community could not be more grateful.”

“The local veterinarians of Staten Island were here for these pets before the hurricane, and we will continue to be there. There is no question about that,” said Dr. John Sangiorgio of Complete Care Veterinary Center.

“The Staten Island community had an amazing response to help their fellow Islanders recover from Sandy’s destruction. I am pleased to be able to continue that spirit on behalf of the beloved animals and their families,” said Dr. Lisa Esposito of Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice.

“NYCVERT, an integral part of the veterinary coverage of the NYC shelter system during and after storm Sandy, is and always will be in support of the veterinary community. The ultimate goal of the local veterinarians of Staten Island is to be there for all of the pets in good times as well as bad,” said Dr. Salemi of Northside Animal Hopsital and founding board member of NYCVERT.

“The Staten Island Recreational Association is honored to take part in such an invaluable service assisting our community. As an association who works with animals, we applaud Assemblywoman Malliotakis and the local participating veterinarians for their efforts towards easing the financial burdens of Sandy victims with regards to their animal care,” said Megan Delmar, Executive Director of the Staten Island Recreational Association HOOPH Program.

Space for this event is extremely limited. In order to take advantage of this service, those interested must contact Assemblywoman Malliotakis’s district office at (718) 987-0197 to make a reservation.

Information for the event is as follows:
Saturday, June 29, 2013
599 Father Capodanno Blvd.
(outside the HOOPH Riding Academy/former S.I. Recreation & Rodeo Grounds)
Ocean Breeze, Staten Island

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