After a year and a half of fundraising, a new veterinary clinic is coming to Saving Grace Animal Society in Alix.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new 2,000-square-foot facility was held this past Monday.
“We’ve had such an incredible day seeing this dream finally coming true,” said Erin Deems, Saving Grace co-executive director.
“Our hearts could not be fuller as we imagine the thousands of lives that will be changed by having our own clinic.”
The facility will feature a surgery suite and laboratory, recovery and monitoring rooms, as well as x-ray, dental and medication capabilities.
“We are currently seeing the toughest time our rescue has ever faced,” said Deems.
“Between the economy, shortage of veterinarians, COVID-related surrenders and returns and an increased call volume, we often questioned if this was the right time, but if not now, when? We need this now more than ever.”
Though work has begun on the physical building, more fundraising will be required to equip the clinic with the necessary medical machinery, supplies and pharmaceuticals.
“As exciting as it is to break ground, we aren’t about to let up on our call for donors. There’s still much to be done and we’re developing sponsorship packages for the consideration of corporate or individual donors,” said Deems.
The addition of a medical facility, located right next to Saving Grace, will impact the society’s ability to rescue animals, Saving Grace said in a press release Friday.
“Rather than drive countless hours with injured animals, sometimes up to 50 per week, we’ll be able to walk across our parking lot to seek treatment,” Deems said, adding that in some medical cases, every second counts.
“By our estimation, reduction in transport-related costs and the addition of in-house veterinarian care could reduce our monthly medical bills by 50 to 60 per cent.”
Saving Grace Animal Society will soon launch sponsorship opportunities as it continues to care for animals.
Amanda McClughan, co-executive director, said there are plenty of fundraising opportunities ahead.
“We have some upcoming raffles and auctions that will help and are just beginning to plan a golf tournament for the summer, but we are beyond grateful for everyone who has made a donation, offered to foster, volunteer to help at the society or just stand up for animals and be champions in and around their communities,” said McClughan.
A grand opening celebration will be held once the clinic is completed and operational.