A Spartanburg emergency care pet hospital has closed and pet owners are being referred to a 24-hour Greenville emergency veterinary center.
Spartanburg Regional Emergency Care Animal Clinic on South Blackstock Road announced on its website on Monday that from Sunday July 24 it is permanently closed.
Mariya Barnes, spokeswoman for Thrive Pet Healthcare of Austin, Texas, owner of Care Animal, said the hospital was closed due to a staff shortage.
“Many hospitals across the country are experiencing staffing shortages,” she said Tuesday. “Our hospital has been operating on reduced hours for a year.”
She said there were no plans to reopen Care Animal in Spartanburg.
Following the closure, Upstate Vet Emergency & Specialty Care at 393 Woods Lake Road near Haywood Mall in Greenville is accepting pet emergency cases at its hospital, according to Upstate Vet spokeswoman Melissa Wylie. .
Wylie said his staff were aware of the closure of Care Animal in Spartanburg and agreed to accept customers.
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“There are other emergency hospitals (upstate) but they don’t have an overnight facility,” Wylie said. “We are here to provide the best patient care and be readily available as best we can, such as for any emergency.”
She said Upstate Vet is open 24 hours a day every day. He is not affiliated with Care Animal, she said.
Upstate Vet can be reached at 864-233-7650.
Meanwhile, Critter Care Pet Wellness and Rehabilitation Center is located in the same building Care Animal was at 121 S. Blackstock Road, and is still open for business.
Critter Care owner Lynn Mornane said Critter Care offers a wide range of veterinary services as well as pet therapy.
It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
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