GETTING RESULTS: Neighbors help NODA Animal Hospital prepare for move

- The NODA Animal Hospital must be out of its current location by July 30th. With only about a month to move costs are adding up and time is ticking. Now the community and complete strangers are helping get results.

“A lot of people have seen that story,” said Dr. Oona Gayle.

Since our getting results story on Tuesday a new space for the NODA Animal Hospital has been found and NODA neighbors continue their support.

Owner Dr. Oona Gayle received an email last month saying she needed to be out by July 30th because another business became interested in the space. The landlord says Dr. Gayle didn’t notify them if she was staying or leaving, which was part of the contract signed 5 years ago.

“It just felt bad to me. That is not the vibe that we have here in NODA,” said Megan Scholz.

Scholz started a Facebook group and has rallied support from dozens of others. Some of them met Friday, discussing every detail of the move.

“We are having to look at painting the walls, redoing the flooring, putting in drains,” said Scholz.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s overwhelming. It’s very humbling and it made my mom and I cry,” said Dr. Gayle.

That’s because moving an animal clinic in a matter of weeks can’t be done alone. For example, the x-ray machine full of radioactive material will cost more than $2,000 to relocate.

“Without this help. One of 2 things, I would either had to close my doors or move to Matthews where there was a vet hospital that is closing,” said Dr. Gayle.

Neighbors didn’t want that to happen to a veterinarian who has taken care of more than just animals,
but the community.

“She’s a really, really good vet and she always goes above and beyond for us.”,” said Scholz.

“She has brought so much to our neighborhood she gives more than she takes for sure,” said another neighbor.

The new location for the animal hospital is about a 10 minute drive from the current location, but it’s not a done deal yet. Paperwork still needs to be finished and there needs to be approval by the state.

Volunteers have setup a Facebook group for those who want to help. You can visit that page by clicking here.

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