Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Animal Center is extraordinary

“Guardianship is not to give an order, but to give of oneself.”

—A proverb from Kenya and Tanzania


Randy, Sue, Scott, Heidi, Maggie, Betsy and the entire staff of the Sun Valley Animal Center epitomize this proverb. They consistently provide quality care for the animals they treat and board. In addition, they demonstrate genuine sensitivity toward their owners.

We were pleased to read in the Sept. 26 issue, in both the article and the Smookes’ ad, that Murphy, the 11-year-old Labrador retriever, was found. This is yet another positive example of how members of the Wood River community come together.

However, a critical part of the article and ad was omitted. This omission relates to the extraordinary effort that Betsy Kauder, Heidi Woog, the Ackers and the Sun Valley Animal Center staff went to in order to find Murphy. The Ackers offered to pay for the Smookes’ return airfare from London and offered to reimburse all costs of the rescue effort for their lost pet. Staff members spent hours in the field, day and night, searching for Murphy.

We have lived in the Wood River Valley for the past 24 years. During that time, the quality of care we have received from the Sun Valley Animal Center has been exceptional. The clinic and the Pet Care Center are state of the art.

Once again, the Ackers, Heidi Woog, Betsy Kauder and the Sun Valley Animal Center staff have shown professionalism, compassion, dedication and generosity. How fortunate we are to have them as an integral part of our community! They define what giving of oneself really means.

John and Lynn Dominick



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