About the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic

student assisting veterinarian during a spay/neuter procedure

The Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic provides low-cost spay/neuter services to community animals in need while providing shelter students at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University with opportunities for surgical training.

History of the Clinic

The Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic was opened in 2003 through a collaboration between 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. Between 2003 and 2008 MAC offered a Friday spay neuter clinic for area sheltesr and rescues while Tufts used the clinic space to train veterinary students during the week. In 2008, under the leadership of Dean Deborah Kochevar, the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program was launched, along with an associated student surgery training 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.

Community Cats

Tufts Shelter Medicine tries to hold 1 or 2 clinics for community cats each month and cats in traps can also be scheduled on HQHV days. To qualify for a community cat clinic a cat must come to the clinic in a trap and all community cats are ear tipped. The fee for a community cat is $25 which includes all vaccinations and spay or neuter surgery. To schedule surgery for a community cat please contact Nancy Meyer at communitycats@tufts.edu.