Our elderly dog Shaggy has a growth on one of her toes, and I wasn't feeling particularly enthusiastic about subjecting her to the x-rays, biopsy, and whatever else her usual vet would probably want to do and the several hundred dollar expense that would come with it. So I tried the Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals in Allston yesterday. Reviews on Yelp love it and I was impressed too.
They open at noon on most days and people often being queuing up well before then. We got there at 11:30 and were 5th in line. I don't think they schedule appointments and work purely on a first-come first-served system. Shortly after noon several more people arrived, so if you are short on time this may not be the place for you.
At 12:30 we saw the vet for a quick consultation. He suggested that so long as Shaggy doesn't seem to be in pain and the growth doesn't start to bleed or look infected that it probably doesn't need treatment. That sounds like good advice to me and the optional donation was a great deal.
The Merwin Clinic doesn't handle emergencies or complicated procedures. But if your pet needs vaccination, spaying, or neutering, I think the Merwin Clinic is worth considering.