Why a community clinic?
Our mission is not to just continue doing what we have always done, our mission is to change the way lots of animals on St. Croix are treated, to help a multitude of animals in need and to promote proper pet care practices in our community. For many pet owners on St. Croix, the cost of veterinary care is a struggle and some pet owners are unable to seek care at all. When a pet becomes sick, it is often abandoned or surrendered instead of taken for treatment. A once loved pet gets thrown outdoors at the first sign of mange or forced to suffer through this and other treatable conditions. The SCAWC low-cost community clinic expands care beyond spay and neuter centric programs of the past, and includes medical care and treatments, encouraging individuals to keep pets in their homes and to promote humane and responsible pet ownership in our community. The result is healthier, happier animals that live longer lives and remain in their homes and a community that seeks care for their pets instead of abandoning.
Reaching more pets and owners everyday!
In 2016, Dr. Michelle Mehalick began a limited spay/neuter and wellness clinic which served hundreds of local pets. They were just operating 2 days a week with little advertisement and many of the clients had never been to a vet before. Today, the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center Community Clinic is operating 6 days a week, with two full time veterinarians, Dr. Ric Berlinski and Dr. Adrian Holly, and supported by several veterinary technicians. Please call (340) 778-1651 if you would like to schedule an appointment.