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Actor Carolyn Hennesy Hitches a Ride in the Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile Clinic

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Emmy-nominated TV actor and New York Times best-selling author Carolyn Hennesy (think Gilmore Girls, True Blood and General Hospital) takes on a new role Tuesday, January 31, as she dons scrubs and shadows veterinary surgeon Karen “Doc” Halligan on her rounds.

But this isn’t a movie set or a made-for-TV pilot and these rounds aren’t through the halls of a typical veterinary clinic, they’re on a bus that would make any touring rock star’s abode look like something that drops off the kids after school. The Lucy Pet Foundation’s Mobile Spay and Neuter bus is a traveling clinic that works in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Animal services and offers free spay/neuter services to pet parents who might not be able to afford the necessary surgery.

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Established by former President and Founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods, Joey Herrick, the non-profit organization’s goal is to have spay/neuter and adoption mobile clinics in every major city in the country.  They figure that if just 40 of these units can spay and neuter 120 dogs and cats each week that over 6,000 animals will be prevented from adding to the population of critters already filling shelters –  ultimately eliminating the need to euthanize more than 80,000 dogs and cats each week. Yes, each week!

Hennesy describes her opportunity to ride shot-gun with Halligan, an award-winning author, regular guest on TV shows such as Live with Kelly Ripa and the Today show, and the Lucy Pet Foundation’s Chief Veterinary Officer, as a once in a lifetime experience and says “I can’t tell you what a thrill it is for me to be part of the activities that take place aboard the Lucy Pet Foundation mobile spay and neuter bus. Working with a skilled veterinary surgeon to see how these spay/neuter procedures are done and how much they help in preventing pet over- population…”

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Doc Halligan couldn’t agree more, “I’m really looking forward to working together with Carolyn who has such a deep appreciation and love of animals.”

The Lucy Pet Foundation bus will be parked at the Pacoima Shopping Center, 9801 Laurel Canyon Boulevard offering free spay and neuter clinics between 7 am and 5 pm, and low-cost vaccines between 10 am and 2 pm. If you’d like a listing of other clinics and events, visit the Lucy Pet Foundation website.


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