I Lost My Best Friend
When the vet's office finally opened at 8 a.m. and the phone was answered, I was informed that I should take Rinky to Small Animal Emergency Services in Aberdeen!
What? There is an Animal Emergency Hospital in the area? My friends didn't know that, despite the fact that they all have pets. The local vet didn't have that information on the answering machine that I had been calling in desperation since 6 a.m. No one knew.
So, I lost my best friend and traveling companion of 11 years later that day despite Small Animal Emergency Services' best effort. Why? No one knew the clinic existed, so she didn't get help in time.
My question is this. Isn't a newspaper supposed to make the public aware of significant developments in the area? A sparkling new, fully equipped facility staffed with caring professionals is not newsworthy?
Maybe this letter will help others avoid the sorrow and guilt that I am suffering even though it won't bring my dog back. Pet owners can find 24/7 help for their animals at Small Animal Emergency Services, 1335 N. Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen, just behind the furniture store (910-944-0405).
Tracey K. Higgins
Editor's Note: The Pilot has published information about the animal emergency services clinic and its staff. The facility is open 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
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