On December 15th, 2017, Linens N Love delivered 100 linens to the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, which distributed the linens to the local German Shepard Rescue Group they work with. The students were excited to discover more about the medical facilities and boarding that the hospital offers and met with the volunteers of the hospital to tour the facilities.
During the one-hour tour, we saw thoughtfully designed boarding rooms. Owners could drop off their dogs and cats and have a peace of mind knowing that their pets were living in comfortable accommodations and received time to play and exercise. They could also use an app to check in on their pets and watch what they were doing. There were several exam rooms, operating rooms, and pens to hold recovering animals.
The favorite segment to learn about among our volunteers was visiting the rooms in construction: the euthanasia room. While seemingly morbid, these rooms are currently being built so that owners will not have to have their dogs euthanized in a regular exam room.
Typically, dogs and cats are euthanized in exam rooms and the owners do not get enough time to say goodbye because there aren't enough exam rooms available. With these new rooms in construction, the focus returns to the owners and their pets. The walls are painted a soothing green. Lighting installed will be low-lighting in consideration of the sensitive nature of the event. There will be plush rugs, sofas, and toys so that owners can play with their pets in comfort in those last few hours.
As our volunteer tour guide parted with us, she imparted knowledge to some of our Linens N Love student leaders who were interested in pursuing a career in veterinary care. "To succeed in this field, you'll need passion and compassion. You need to be emotionally strong to endure the bad times, and caring enough for both your patients and their family to create the good times. It's rewarding and exhausting, but you know that what you're doing brings joy to countless families out there."
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