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Shamrock Animal Fund honoring three CNY vets

The Shamrock Animal Fund announced its honorees for Shamrock's Celebration 2011, scheduled for March 19 in Syracuse. Three veterinarians are being singled out among many who have helped make the Shamrock Animal Fund a success in its inaugural year: Dr. Kathryn McGonigle of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca; and Dr. Eileen Fatcheric-Burns and Dr. Susan Behrens Losito, co-owners of the Fairmount Animal Hospital in Fairmount.

WSTM-TV News Anchor Matt Mulcahy and his wife, Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy, founded the Shamrock Animal Fund in January of last year in memory of their nearly 19-year-old poodle, Shamrock. The fund helps pays for the veterinary care of animals in need that have owners with financial limitations. One hundred people have contacted the Shamrock Animal Fund for assistance from across Central New York in its first nine months of operation.

McGonigle is a resident at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. She cared for the namesake of the fund, Shamrock, in the later stages of his life. Since the founding of the Shamrock Animal Fund, McGonigle has been a valuable resource and point of contact for beneficiaries of the Shamrock Animal Fund. She has cared for a number of sick animals of owners with demonstrated financial need. McGonigle is a third-year resident at Cornell, where she is working toward her board certification in internal medicine for canine and feline patients. She is a graduate of the Tufts University Cummings Veterinary School of Medicine and previously worked in New Jersey as a small animal and exotics veterinarian.

The Fairmount Animal Hospital has been one of the key partners with the Shamrock Animal Fund since the fund's inception. Co-owners Fatcheric-Burns and Behrens Losito have supported the work of the fund and provided affordable care for animals with owners in financial need. The staff of Fairmount Animal Hospital, including business manager Diane Smith, has worked hand-in-hand with the Shamrock Animal Fund in a collaborative effort to help numerous animals over the past year.

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