Walk into the Doney Clinic at 3:00 and you’ll be met with the sight of people rushing from a white van packed to the brim with veterinary supplies to the inside of a well-worn building located in downtown Seattle. Outside, a line of the homeless with their pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots, etc. stand against the side of the wall, talking cheerfully to their neighbors. “Okay, Number One,“ a woman calls from the doorway. The first person in line dutifully comes inside, leading their mixed breed dog by his red leash.
The Doney Clinic is a volunteer-run veterinary clinic founded by Dr. Bud Doney in 1985. It is dedicated to delivering veterinary service to the pets of the homeless, along with food, leashes, carriers, toys, etc. In order to be seen at the clinic, you must have proof of an income of less than $750 a month, a residency in Seattle, and must be willing to neuter or spay your pet. Neutering and spaying services provided.
The Doney Clinic is located in the Union Gospel Mission, at 318 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle WA, 98104. It is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.
Rabies, Feline Distemper, Canine Distemper and Feline Leukemia vaccines are provided, along with de-wormers, thyroid medication and other such medicines. Gauze and antiseptic are available for more pressing injuries. Vials for blood and skin tests are on the right side of the picture. Flea medicine is extremely expensive for the providers of the clinic, so it costs $5. Many animals receive shots at the Doney Clinic.
Many qualified, dedicated veterinarians volunteer at the Doney Clinic every other Saturday. They will see the pets at three metal tables set up in front of the vaccines. They check the basic health of the animal, as well as any injuries, and administer vaccines. If they find anything of concern, skin and/or blood tests are taken, and results of the tests come back on a following Saturday. All results are recorded into the notebook for all test documentation.
There are also several pets that are regulars, and come in almost every Saturday the clinic is open. All pets, old and young, are cared for, thanks to the many volunteers and veterinarians. Their doors remain open because of donations and a volunteer crew many of whom have volunteered for over 28 years. You can look the clinic up at www.doneyclinic.org.
Thanks to Paula Shifley, Carol Dougherty, and the other wonderful volunteers.
*It should be noted that while many of these pets in the photos are kittens and puppies, the majority are much older. These are just the pictures that I took that day.
–Emma, Northeast, Teen Adviser
Editor’s Note: Doney Clinic volunteers were just mentioned in Seattle Times!