One of the leading reasons pet owners surrender their animals to shelters is an inability to afford the high cost of medical and dental care.

To help with this issue, the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) has expanded its low-cost vet clinic’s space, equipment and staffing. It has also expanded the hours it’s open to the public.

The clinic doubled its exam rooms, hired another veterinarian to serve the public and is now be open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These changes were made with the help of a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and $30,000 donated by the public.

Connected to the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter, MDPet Care has helped more than 7,000 animals since it first opened to the public four years ago. The clinic is located at 30 N. 40th Pl. in Phoenix, behind the main shelter. For more information or to make an appointment, call 602-358-7267 or visit




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