About the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic provides low-cost spay/neuter services to shelter animals and provides Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine students with opportunities for surgical training.

History of the Clinic

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic was opened in 2003 through a collaboration between the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC). Construction of this specially-designed, dedicated space was made possible by a lead gift from the Leonard Bosack and Bette Kruger Foundation. Additional construction and start-up support was provided by The Biber Foundation, Rarie Dye, The Martha Morse Foundation, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Lucia H. Shipley Foundation and anonymous donors. While Tufts used the clinic space to train veterinary students, MAC ran a successful high-volume spay/neuter clinic for shelter animals in the space every Friday. In 2008, the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program was launched, along with an associated surgery program, incorporating all of the clinical activities of the spay/neuter clinic.

Who were Luke and Lily Lerner?

Luke and Lily were two very special cats belonging to Sandy Lerner, one of the founders of the Bosack and Kruger Foundation. Both cats were adopted from shelters. Because of her love for these special animals Ms. Lerner wanted to do something to honor their memory that would help improve the lives of other companion animals.