Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 am to celebrate the construction of its new Full-Service Veterinary Clinic. The ceremony will take place at the EBSPCA’s Oakland Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic, 8323 Baldwin Street in Oakland. The current Veterinary Clinic will remain open while the new Veterinary Clinic is being built next to the existing building.
The new Veterinary Clinic will continue to offer high quality, affordable pet exams and health care for publicly owned dogs and cats, perform surgeries, and offer a convenient drop-in vaccine and microchip clinic. In 2012, the EBSPCA Veterinary Clinic examined 8,147 dogs and cats, vaccinated more than 20,400 animals and performed 1,745 surgeries.
The EBSPCA is one of the few nonprofit animal welfare organizations offering public veterinary services. Thousands of pet owners have come to rely on the EBSPCA as their “go-to” veterinary clinic that offers high-quality, friendly service.
“Currently the Veterinary Clinic serves more than 20,000 animals a year,” explains EBSPCA Executive Director Allison Lindquist. “For the past five years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of animals coming through our clinic doors. The community need is huge and we are bursting at the seams. Our new Veterinary Clinic will be able to significantly increase not only the number of patients served, but the number of life-saving procedures we can perform.”
The new 5,000 square foot stand-alone Veterinary Clinic will offer: Six examination rooms State-of-the art surgical suite and equipment A lobby with separate waiting areas for dogs and cats Separate recovery and holding areas for sick and injured animals Pharmacy, food and supplies storage areas
Lindquist says the new Veterinary Clinic will replace the dated Veterinary Clinic that the East Bay SPCA has operated since 1956. “Veterinary shelter technology has improved significantly in the last 50 years. Coupled with a sustained increased need, the time is now to prepare for the future,” Lindquist explains.
The $3 million Veterinary Clinic is part of a $9 million renovation that the East Bay SPCA is undertaking that will double the shelter’s animal holding space and provide two additional classrooms for education programs, dog training classes, and community meeting space.
The animal holding areas will include additional isolation wards allowing for the intake of more animals with treatable but contagious diseases, as well as provide an upgraded energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that lowers costs while reducing the potential for illness among the animal population.
The main adoption hall will be renovated and dedicated to dogs only, while a separate adoption hall will be created solely for cats – increasing capacity to house more animals and decreasing the stress of the animals by creating visual and auditory separation. There will be improved, healthier habitats for all of the animals in EBSPCA’s care, and pleasant viewing and visitation areas for the public.
Lindquist says the number of incoming dogs and cats has steadily increased since the downturn in the economy four years ago. In 2008, the EBSPCA sheltered 1,767 animals and by 2012 that number doubled to 3,583. “In these still difficult economic times, more people are surrendering their pets and municipal shelters simply don’t have the resources to keep up with the demand. These renovations and expansions to our existing Adoption Center will enable us to double the capacity of our adoption and holding areas,” Lindquist says.
The project will be paid for by a combination of saved funds and raised funds. W. L. Butler Construction has been hired as the General Contractor to build the project. Jerry Griffin is the construction manager. The architectural firm is Swatt Miers Architects. Structural engineering is provided by Yu Strandberg. Mechanical and plumbing engineering is being handled by Interface Engineers. Koch Chun Knobloch & Associates is providing electrical engineering, Murray Engineers Inc., is the Geotechnical Engineer and Lea and Braze is the civil engineer.
About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.
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