The Shamrock Animal Fund recently announced its honorees for Shamrock's Celebration 2011, scheduled for March 19 in Syracuse. Three veterinarians, including two from the area, 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 2010 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. McGonigle is a third-year resident at Cornell, where she is working toward her board certification in internal medicine for canine and feline patients.
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.
Fatcheric-Burns is a 1988 graduate of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and has been at the Fairmount Animal Hospital since 1992. She grew up in Syracuse's Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Fatcheric-Burns was recently featured on a Pet 411 call-in segment on NBC3 - TV in Syracuse. Behrens Losito is a 1988 graduate of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and specializes in veterinary internal medicine, endocrinology and geriatrics. She lives in Marcellus on property filled with animals she calls Nature's Half Acre.