A ribbon cutting was held Saturday for the PAWS (Providing Animal Welfare Services) welfare clinic.
Thanks in part to a grant from the ASPCA, PAWS offers education and assistance to pet owners in the city of Rochester. PAWS founder Matt Piccone's idea is to help reduce local shelter intake while keeping pets in safe and healthy homes.
"The thing that makes Matt stand out is that this really seems to be his calling and so he has this innate sensibility and ability to connect with people in a way that he can actually accomplish I think in a much more impactful and powerful way than we often experience with some people," said Michael Barrett, ASPCA.
Barrett says the community clinic isn't completely finished yet, but starting in 2014, it will be a full capacity spay and neuter clinic.