Animals getting new building for better care
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | May 30, 2019|
Work continues on the new Minden Animal Hospital but that hasn’t stopped staff from moving in and opening the doors to customers and their four-legged friends.
Owner Jenn Morrow said the building and grounds should be complete in another month or so, but they moved in on Monday, May 27.
Morrow said although her father, Paul MacInnes, first brought the plans to Minden Hills council last July, the project has been in the works for some time now.
“It’s been three years since I started this process, looking at properties. So, it’s been a long time in the works behind the scenes,” she said.
Morrow said making the buildings and grounds environmentally-friendly was a goal she feels they have accomplished. The building was placed for optimal solar reception, has ICF walls, windows that are slightly reflective and extra large for natural light, a state-of-the-art heat exchanger, above industry standard insulation and LED lights.
When done, it will also feature permeable paving, the first building in the county to showcase that. The technology filters pollutants from vehicles before entering the watershed. It also slows, and cools the runoff. That makes it better for aquatic wildlife and animals.
“Basically, every decision we’ve made, we’ve looked at what the options are and then tried to keep the environment a priority,” Morrow said.
They have moved out of what was a former hospital at 9 Bobcaygeon Rd., which Morrow said had a nice history, with people commenting on being born there, or spending a night or being treated for a broken arm. However, the space was not working for the animal hospital, or its staff of nine plus a summer student.
“We’re excited about the transition,” Morrow said. She said there have been improvements on the patient side of things, too. There is rubberized flooring; sound control that, for example, reduces stress in the cat room; a better intensive care unit; a heated floor for animal recovery; and dental surgery in a separate room with expanded practice.
“What we’ve focused on is the caring. So, we care for our environment. We care for our staff with the natural light. We care for our patients.”
The new location is 4 Booth St. and the phone number is 705-286-2919.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.