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 New Center to Use Alternative
 Medicine to Restore Pets’ Health
 By Kristin Davis                             already been purchased in Garden            ing pets is long overdue, says Dodds,
 Veterinary Practice News                     Grove, Calif., and construction is          a veterinarian for 42 years. She adds
                                              expected to begin this spring.              that the center is neither a hospice
    It’s not every day that a dog gets           “It will be a unique center for          nor a boarding kennel, but merely
 to lounge in a Jacuzzi, receive an           short-term health care,” says W. Jean       an option for pets whose health

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 acupuncture treatment or sleep in            Dodds, DVM, who is the driving force        conditions are beyond an owner’s
 a room that more closely resem-              behind the multi-million dollar oper-       ability to offer immediate care.
 bles a bachelor’s pad than it does a         ation.“As far as I know, it [will be] the      “What do you do if an animal
 kennel run.                                  nation’s first center focused on restor-    breaks its leg and its owners are 80
    But that is the type of treatment         ing health for dogs and cats with spe-      years old and can’t look after it?”
 pet owners can expect their animals          cial needs and during recovery.”            Dodds says. “We support [these]
 to receive at the Restore Health                In addition to acupuncture and           animals with short-term care needs      Set to begin construction this spring, this drawing of the Restore
 Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation           chiropractic treatments, Dr. Dodds’         after surgery.”                         Health Center also features a new location for Hemopet’s greyhound
 center for dogs and cats.                    center will also offer herbal therapy,         A home veterinary-nursing ser-       rescue activities.
    Although the center is still in the       aromatherapy and physiotherapy.             vice will also be offered to special-
 planning stage, the land for it has             A health care center for recover-        case clients who need staff members     may sound like those of a hotel, its     Dodds’ friend, Joanne Carson,
                                                                                          to travel to their home to provide      services aren’t nearly as pricey.        Ph.D., of Brentwood, Calif.
                                                                                          care for a pet.                         Dodds says she even plans to offer a        Dodds hopes to collect the re-
                                                                                             In emergency situations, the cen-    financial aid program to pet own-        mainder of the money through
                                                                                          ter will provide a pet ambulance        ers with little financial means.         fundraisers and donations.
                                                                                          service to transport dogs and cats to      “We don’t want to have a center
                                                                                          the facility.                           that is only available to people         Bringing a Concept to Life
                                                                                                                                  [who] can afford it,” she says.              With the location set, staff select-
                                                                                          Giving the Gift of Life                    Service charges at the center will    ed and financing in the works, only
                                                                                             No stranger to pioneering new        be decided on a case by case basis,      one key component of the plan was
                                                                                          projects, Dodds founded Hemopet,        she adds, noting that the amount         still missing.
                                                                                          the nation’s first nonprofit dog        will be comparable to what other             In order to build a unique facili-
                                                                                          blood bank that also rescues grey-      veterinarians in the industry charge.    ty, Dodds needed an architect who
                                                                                          hounds from the racing industry            Dodds plans to hire at least two      was also one-of-a-kind.
                                                                                          and finds them new homes.               veterinarians on staff to start, in-         Recommended to Dodds by a
                                                                                             Greyhounds registered into the       cluding one who specializes in al-       friend, George Miers seemed the ideal
                                                                                          program are carefully screened for      ternative medicine.                      candidate for the job because of his
                                                                                          infectious diseases and blood type.        As for the staff at the new grey-     previous experience on other domes-
                                                                                          After donating blood for about 12       hound facility, Dodds plans to bring     tic animal care projects such as the
                                                                                          months, or until they reach 5 years     the 50 employees who currently           San Diego Campus for Animal Care.
                                                                                          of age, each dog is entered into the    work for Hemopet on board.                   He first started as an architect in
                                                                                          adoption process.                          In addition to hiring a paid staff,   1974 and launched his own company,
                                                                                             Since its start more than 20 years   Dodds will have volunteers on site       George Miers and Associates, by 1982.
                                                                                          ago, Hemopet’s staff has rescued        who are passionate about animal              “It feels like I’ve been doing this for
                                                                                                                                                                           100 years,” Miers says. “I have com-
                                                                                                                                                                           pleted a wide range of animal care fa-
                                                                                                                                                                           cilities across the United States and
                                                                                                                                                                           Canada, [but] I’ve never had the op-
                                                                                                                                                                           portunity to house animals in such a
                                                                                                                                                                           unique environment as [the one] en-
                                                                                                                                                                           visioned by Dr. Dodds and her staff.”
                                                                                                                                                                               He adds that one of his favorite
                                                                                                                                                                           aspects of his job is transforming a
                                                                                          COURTESY OF MONICA MATHUS

                                                                                                                                                                           client’s idea into a three-dimen-
                                                                                                                                                                           sional building.
                                                                                                                                                                               “I certainly bring the work I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                           done over the years to the table, but
                                                                                                                                                                           the most important thing is listen-
                                                                                                                                                                           ing to the client,” he says.
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                                                                                          Dr. Jean Dodds plays catch with Red Mac at Hemopet’s current facility                Both Miers and Dodds look for-
                                                                                          center in Garden Grove, Calif.                                                   ward to seeing the impact the facility
                                                                                                                                                                           will have on the surrounding com-
                                                                                          and found homes for more than           care and want to gain hands-on           munity, and the influence it will have
                                                                                          1,000 greyhounds.                       learning experience in the field.        on animal care around the nation.
                                                                                             The new center will offer a per-                                                  “I think the public will be really
                                                                                          manent space for greyhound rescue       Money Matters                            interested to see what they’re doing
                                                                                          activities, including a group apart-       The entire project, including the     [at the center],” Miers says.
                                                                                          ment-style unit for 200 rescued         health center and the Hemopet fa-            Dodds hopes that this project
                                                                                          greyhounds, complete with an out-       cility, is expected to cost around       will act as a model for other Re-
                                                                                          door exercise yard and playground.      $10 million, $1.5 million of which       store Health Centers that may
                                                                                             A proud environmentalist,            will be used as an initial endow-        open afterward.
                                                                                          Dodds plans to have the units con-      ment to equip, staff and operate the         “It’s a social statement,” she says.
                                                                                          structed from environment-friendly      overall facility.                            The project is expected to be com-
                                                                                          resource building material.                The financial backing for the         pleted by the spring of 2008.
                                                                                             “All of the greyhound units will     program is still in the works, al-
                                                                                          have solar power and the 27 grey-       though Dodds has already received          For more information, please
                                                                                          hound suites will have solar heating    $200,000 in seed money from the            contact Dr. Jean Dodds at
                                                                                          for hot water,” Dodds says.             community. A donation of $15,000 
                                                                                             Although the center’s amenities      was also made in November by
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