As the big day moves upon me with the speed of a herd of wildebeast, I find myself thinking about all the stuff I have going on in my life. Its pretty crazy right now. Cool thing is, most of the stuff that is making it crazy is good stuff…I think. The veterinary hospital is really moving to the new location! I handed in our plans for final approval Friday afternoon and will be able to pull the permit January 4th most likely. Then its off to the races for the construction crew. The new place is gonna be soooo cool! I just can’t wait to be in there. Everything is being designed to keep all the different people and all the pets happy. So, we have roomy runs for the dogs for boarding, sweet cat condos with a view of the salt water aquarium for the kitties, a calming reception area for the clients with much bigger exam rooms, and the rest is for us. The back half of the hospital will have everything the staff needs to do their job well, without breaking their bodies in the process. Plus we get to do the right thing by not adding any bacteria to the world with the crazy exercise area in the back that is tied directly into the sewer. I’m super excited about everything coming to fruition. Finally.
The other half of the craziness is what we are doing with the old place when we leave. We started a non-profit and are turning the old facility into a pet rescue center. What is a pet rescue center? Well, we will be working with the local rescue groups to find great homes for dogs and cats more efficiently. The animals that we will house there will be mostly from high-kill shelters and will be taken care of until they are adopted from The Pet Rescue Center (PRC.) My wife, Blythe, is going to be in charge of the fundraising and Josh Lanting will be the day-to-day operations manager. We are in the process of getting all the details figured out and have started the fundraising effort because we need to have Josh working his butt off starting in January. Donations can be made through paypal at our website: www.thepetrescuecenter.org.
So, What I want for Christmas is a little calm and relaxation with the knowledge that things are all gonna turn out great. I plan to be working harder than ever on these two projects next year and I am so excited about putting my effort into such worthy causes. I’ve thought for a long time about how to give back to the community. I have been waiting to have extra money to donate to a worthy cause and it looks like I will have to wait a long time for that to happen. I just decided to create a worthy cause instead and sink my time into it instead of my money (hopefully.) So far I have sunk a ton of time and money into it, but I hope to have other people step up and pitch in financially so that we can all make this thing go. My dream would be to have the PRC take off so well that in 5 years we are looking to move to a much larger facility. We will see.
For now I will sign off with the hope that you all have (had) a great Christmas and New Year celebration.
Dr. Matthew Wheaton
Alicia Pet Care Center
Co-Founder of The Pet Rescue Center