Pet memorial tree, service offered in Tuscola
TUSCOLA — The Okaw Veterinary Clinic has once again put up a pet memorial tree for the holidays. It also will host a pet memorial service in early January.
Anyone who has lost a pet is invited to submit a photo of his or her pet for placement on the tree by dropping off or mailing a photo to the clinic at 140 S. Sale St., Tuscola. Photos also may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The clinic is closed Thursdays and Sundays.
The annual pet memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 3. Pet blessings will be read, candles lit and pet stories shared. Anyone may attend.
"It is not full of sadness but rather appreciation and acknowledgement for what our pets mean to us," said Dr. Sally Foote, owner of the clinic, which started the pet tree and memorial service a few years ago.
"I had heard of some clinics doing this and thought, it may be a nice way to stay connected with those clients and also honor the pets," Foote said in a news release. "I did not realize how much it helped me and my staff to have an event where we could remember these beloved pets who we had cared for.
"When a patient dies, we also feel a loss — not as deep as the families — but a sadness as well. Taking some time to remember the good things about that pet and expressing appreciation for being able to care for a family member is very helpful to us, too."
For more information, call 253-3221 or visit okawvetclinic.com.