Project Street Vet increases access to free veterinary care in Los Angeles


The California non-profit will expand care in Los Angeles with new team additions

Project Street Vet (PSV), a nonprofit public charity that offers free veterinary care, treatment, and support to the pets of individuals experiencing homelessness and housing vulnerability, in collaboration with Fetch Pet Insurance (Fetch), has expanded its Los Angeles chapter by adding Nichole Weinstein, DVM, ECFVG, and Ari Aycock-Williams, DVM, DACLAM, as veterinary team leads.

According to an organizational release,1 Weinstein and Aycock-Williams will leverage their experience to further support Project Street Vet’s mission to provide exams, vaccines, and life-saving surgeries to the pets of the homeless in Southern California.

For 17 years, Weinstein has been a practicing veterinarian and currently serves as medical director at Arrow Dog and Cat Hospital in Montclair, California. In her community she provides her veterinary services to the pets and pet parents on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Weinstein achieved her pre-veterinary degree from Cal Poly, Pomona and completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. She received her license to practice veterinary medicine in the US at Iowa State University.

Aycock-Williams is a board-certified, licensed and USDA-accredited veterinarian. Currently, she serves as the executive director at University of Southern California (USC) in the Department of Animal Resources. Plus, she serves as a contract veterinarian for Vetco Clinics and VIP Petcare. She achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Michigan State University and completed her residency and certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine at USC.

"Dr Weinstein and Dr Aycock-Williams are fantastic additions to our growing team at Project Street Vet. Their experience and support will be tremendously helpful in enabling us to reach more pets and pet parents throughout Southern California," stated Kwane Stewart, DVM, founder of PSV, in the release. "I am greatly appreciative of the veterinarians who want to use their skills to support those in need, and I look forward to working with Dr Weinstein and Dr Aycock-Williams."1

The expansion of the PSV chapter in Los Angeles is in tandem with Fetch's 101 Donations campaign to raise funds and awareness for PSV. The initiative consists of Fetch is matching donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $101,000, through the end of the year to help provide resources to further PSV’s mission, extending to more communities and helping more pets in need. Currently, Fetch has gifted over $63,000 to PSV and a successful 101 Donations Campaign will provide PSV with an additional $202,000 for use in 2023.

"It is incredibly inspiring to see the continued growth of Project Street Vet," shared Samantha McKinnon, CEO of Fetch. "We believe strongly in Project Street Vet's mission to provide access to veterinary care for pets in need, and we are proud to support their work with the resources needed to expand. With a successful 101 Donations Campaign, more teams will be possible in 2023 and we look forward to seeing Project Street Vet grow."


Project Street Vet expands free veterinary care services in Los Angeles. News release. Fetch Pet Insurance. December 20, 2022. Accessed December 21, 2022.

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