By Ashley Rader
A host of volunteers and aid from local businesses are behind the pending opening of a reduced-cost veterinary clinic in Bluff City, says the clinic’s director.
Now the only thing left is a bit of paperwork.
“There were a lot of volunteers who worked hard to help make this happen,” said Paws of Hope Animal Wellness Clinic Director Connie Bailey. “None of this would have happened without the collective effort. We were supported by people who believe in what we believed in and supported us to help us reach that. To see our dream happening and to think we could actually achieve it, it was great.”
The clinic is expected to open at 231 Highway 19E in Bluff City as soon as it receives the written premise permit from the state.
It will provide reduced-cost veterinary care for individuals who meet income qualifications. Bailey said the clinic is not limited to individuals who need financial assistance, but is open to anyone who would like to bring their pet to the Paws of Hope clinic for care.
“Everyone is welcome,” Bailey said. “If someone does not qualify for the lower cost care, we will still treat their pets at the clinic.”
The clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, medical and surgical care, vaccinations, equine services, heartworm testing and treatment, laboratory services and grooming services.
“We offer any treatment a traditional veterinary office does, except for orthopedics,” Bailey said. “We outsource our laboratory and x-ray services and we don’t have any overnight stays.”
She said the clinic building was empty when work on the space began. She said Mike Barnett with Big John’s Closeouts sold the clinic all the cabinets in the space at a reduced cost, and Danika Nadzan with East Tennessee Spay and Neuter helped to collect donations and supplies for the clinic.