Pet clinic has new, temp home

A dog receives care on Sept. 20 at the St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic.

Doug Finger/Staff photographer/file
Published: Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 5:51 p.m.

The St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic has found a new temporary home: The Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

The clinic will begin treating pets there Tuesday.

Veterinarian Dale Kaplan-Stein, a co-founder of the clinic, said the site has been approved by a veterinary board.

A permanent home is still being sought.

The clinic provides free care to the pets of veterans, homeless and very low-income residents of Alachua County.

University of Florida veterinary staff and students provide some of the services.

"We're up and running. That's good news, because we don't have to stop the clinic right now," Kaplan-Stein said. "We still don't have a permanent solution, but at least we have a temporary one."

The clinic, which has nonprofit status, has been operating every Tuesday for several years at the St. Francis House homeless shelter, 413 S. Main St.

However, the shelter needs the space that was being used by the clinic. Sept. 27 was the clinic's last day of operation at that location.

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