Animal Clinic forced to relocate after historic flood - DatelineCarolina

Animal Clinic forced to relocate after historic flood

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Dr. Tracy Wales voices her appreciation for the community's support during their move. Dr. Tracy Wales voices her appreciation for the community's support during their move.
Donors have contributed almost $54,000 to help provide for the Clinic's new equipment and medicine. Donors have contributed almost $54,000 to help provide for the Clinic's new equipment and medicine.
The Clinic got cards from people who showed they are thinking of Four Paws during their time of relocating. The Clinic got cards from people who showed they are thinking of Four Paws during their time of relocating.

By: Karamie Sullivan

More than just homes were hit hard by South Carolina's thousand-year flood.  Four Paws Animal Clinic was hit by the flood too... so much so that they had to relocate from their Forest Acres location to a temporary Devine Street home.  The Clinic reopened at the end of October but veterinarian Dr. Tracy Wales says it's not an easy job to move their Animal Clinic in less than a month. 

"It's been very challenging.  Nori and I lay awake at night thinking about different things we need to do," says Dr. Wales. 

The hospital is open again, but there are still hurdles the staff has to overcome.  New equipment and medicine had to be ordered to take care of its patients.  They also had to get a special zoning permit to temporarily operate at their new location.

Almost all the equipment in the Forest Acres location was heavily damaged by flood waters, but community members are helping provide money to fix that.  They have donated over $50,000 to the Clinic's GoFundMe campaign along with kennels and towels. 

"I guess you're kind of born to be a veterinarian and so what else is there to do?  That's kind of our life passion so what else would we do?  I can't imagine doing anything else," says Dr. Wales. 

She acknowledges the challenges of relocating, but says it's worth it because she loves her job and community. 

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