An an­i­mal hos­pi­tal’s gift of com­pas­sion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Com­pas­sion comes to mind when I think about all of the staff at Bac­calieu Trail An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal in Bay Roberts. A sec­ond home where your pet’s health al­ways comes first and where they cer­tainly are “a friend to your best friend.”

Bac­calieu Trail An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal opened in June 1997 and now has a staff of 25 peo­ple. It is man­aged by own­ers, Dr. Daniel Quin­lan and Dr. Lynn Clarke, who are also hus­band and wife. They both have ded­i­cated their lives to tak­ing care of an­i­mals in need. They are the only an­i­mal hos­pi­tal in this area. There­fore they are very busy, so for them to take the time to call and check on my dog meant the world to me. They also have a 24-hour emer­gency ser­vice so you know they are there when you need them.

I have used their ser­vices for 15 years and made many vis­its there, and on ev­ery oc­ca­sion my dog, Holly, has been given the best pos­si­ble care and I have been treated with the ut­most re­spect.

Pets are pre­cious and they can­not talk or take care of them­selves, so they de­pend on us to take care of them. It was re­as­sur­ing to know that all the staff were a ma­jor part of my pet’s well-be­ing. I am sure many pet own­ers feel as I do and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing the staff has done for their pets.

It is very dif­fi­cult for me to ex­press with words how grate­ful I am to ev­ery­one and es­pe­cially Dr. Clarke for tak­ing such ex­cel­lent care of Holly. I know you did what was best for her and that you treated her with com­pas­sion the way she de­served to be treated. I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you from the bot­tom of my heart for all you did for Holly. You treated her like she was your own fam­ily, and that was what she was to me. You al­ways lis­tened to my con­cerns and you val­ued my opin­ions. You have put your heart and soul into you life’s plea­sure and it def­i­nitely shows in your treat­ment of oth­ers. You are so ded­i­cated and you called me at night to see if Holly was OK. I be­lieve that goes way beyond the call of duty. I will be for­ever grate­ful to you for all you have done. You have made the Bac­calieu Trail An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal a place that is much more than a business. You have made it a home for an­i­mals where there is friend­ship, hope and seren­ity. Dr. Clarke, you truly are an an­gel!

While con­clud­ing this story, my dog Holly was sur­rounded by an­gels and placed in God’s hands. Holly, you were such an af­fec­tion­ate and com­pas­sion­ate pet and a big part of our fam­ily and you will be for­ever loved and for­ever missed.

Merry Christ­mas Holly and all The Staff at The Bac­calieu Trail An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal!

Kim Whalen writes from Western Bay

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