We believe that the LOVE Animal Hospital at the Red River Ex is a terrific opportunity to reach and educate people who wouldn’t otherwise be reached. Our objectives are to educate people in the importance of spaying and neutering their animals, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of homeless animals in our city. Guests of the Pet Centre will be encouraged to view the surgeries in the surgery suite, just like our WHS guests do on shelter tours.
It is important for The WHS to reassure our supporters that the cats who are going to be spayed, will receive the same fantastic care they would receive if the surgery was done at our WHS clinic. This means the cats will not be subjected to any higher levels of stress that could impact the surgery, and will have an enclosed room to recover in. The clinic will be inspected by the Manitoba Veterinarian Medical Association, and the new structure will be identical to those at The WHS.
FAQs Surrounding the LOVE Animal Hospital
Q: Will the cats that are having the surgery be more stressed because they are at the Ex?
A: The Pet Centre inside Discovery Place is located in a brand new, completely enclosed building that is set aside from the rest of the Ex. The surgery suite inside will be in its own, enclosed area and will provide a quiet, secluded area for cats to be brought into the facility and prepared for surgery. The volunteers who will be transporting the cats to and from The WHS will drive right up to the Pet Centre prior to the grounds opening, and will avoid the noise and activity of the Ex. The WHS staff and volunteers will be on hand throughout their care to ensure the safety and well-being of the cats.
Q: How will the clinic be set up?
A: The surgery suite at the Pet Centre will be almost identical to the clinic at The WHS. It will be an enclosed area inside the Pet Centre and will be up to the standards of any clinic. The surgeries will be performed in an enclosed room with windows so that viewers can see what the vets are doing. There will also be another quiet, enclosed room with no windows where the cats will await surgery and recover in a peaceful environment. The surgery suite will be similar to the clinic at The WHS where people of all ages on tours and in day camps are encouraged to view the surgeries through the large windows.
Q: Will the surgeries be performed in a sterile environment?
A: Yes. Like the clinic at The WHS, sterile equipment will be used and the sterile operating room will be 100% up to code and inspected and approved prior by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). The facility is located in the Pet Centre which is held in a brand new, completely enclosed building that allows for a specific area to be closed-off as the hospital.
Q: What if something happens to one of the cats during surgery?
A: The WHS vets perform these routine, elective surgeries several times a day. All the animals at the LOVE Animal Hospital will be monitored in the same way they are monitored at The WHS and the likelihood of something out of the ordinary arising is slim. Medication and equipment will be available, as it is in The WHS clinic.
Q: Why is the LOVE Animal Hospital included in the Pet Centre at the Red River Ex?
A: We believe that the LOVE Animal Hospital is an excellent opportunity for visitors to the Ex to be educated about the importance of spaying and neutering their animals. It’s another way we are trying to bring awareness to the cat overpopulation crisis and help to reduce the amount of homeless animals in our city. The Red River Ex is dedicated to finding programming to ensure that its guests are informed about important community messages in safe, unique and informative ways.
Q: Is there a risk involved with these surgeries?
A: The surgeries being performed are elective. This means they are extremely low-risk procedures that are performed at The WHS, on average, 40 times a day. The animals at the LOVE Animal Hospital will be monitored in the same way they are monitored at The WHS clinic. In the unlikely event of an emergency, there will be medication and equipment available, as is at The WHS clinic.