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The Doney Clinic – vet service and more for pets of the homeless

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

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Editor’s Note:  Doney Clinic volunteers were just mentioned in Seattle Times!

Comet the therapy llama – a big hit at Northgate!

cometMy journey with llamas began six years ago. And truth be told, it didn’t even begin with llamas. Everything started for me with alpacas!

I’d been going through a hard time in my life and really didn’t know what to do with myself, and by a stroke of luck and knowing the right people at the right time, I got to know my middle school’s librarian, who in turn introduced me to her daughter—and subsequently the 4-H club she lead.  I was invited to attend the club’s monthly meeting, and, with no idea what to expect, I went.

If you’d seen me then, you wouldn’t recognize me.  I was very withdrawn and shy.  I only spoke to close friends, I hid behind my hair (which was very long!) and I certainly didn’t know how to react to a big group of kids my age and younger voting me in as their club’s vice president the very day I showed up.  Although that was just the first of many leaps 4-H would help me make in coming into my own, what really got me going was meeting my first alpaca, Irish Creme. He was the one who kick started my intense love for camelids, with his high intelligence, mischievous behavior and quiet, calming love. Continue reading

Teen Reviewed: The Dogs of Christmas

Dogs of ChristmasToday marks exactly six months until Christmas.  Have you started shopping yet, lol?

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

Josh Michaels is surprised (and very angry) when his neighbor dumps his pregnant dog Lucy on him.  But Josh can’t leave the dog outside in the cold, and though he never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy and her puppies.  Not knowing what to do, Josh calls the local animal shelter and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a strong love for animals.  As Josh learns how to care for the puppies from Kerri, he is surprised to find himself falling for her.  But he is falling even harder for his new family, Lucy and the puppies.  Originally, he was planning on having them be adopted through the shelters “Dogs of Christmas” program, but now he’s having second thoughts.  As the adoption dates loom closer, Josh wonders if he can separate his furry family from each other.

The Dogs of Christmas is a really great holiday tale that explores the power of family, love, and a box full of puppies.

I started reading the book because the title had a picture of a dog with a Santa hat.  I like dogs, and it was Christmas time, so I decided to read it.

This book reminded me of Katie Up and Down the Hall because this book is also about a dog that worms her way into somebody’s heart.

Six Word Recap: Josh learns about dogs and love.

Bruce Cameron’s Website.

–Liz , Grade 8, Lake City

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