By Natalie MAIER
On March 22, the Crescenta-Cañada Pet Hospital had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its recently finished remodel of the facilities and its anniversary. A short tour was given by CCPH owner Dr. James “J.D.” Speas around the hospital.
“[The pet hospital] is 55 years old,” said Speas. “She needed a facelift.”
Among the changes pointed out by Speas during the tour was a newly established wall in the back room, constructed specifically to close off the dedicated surgery room. Some of the benefits of the wall include the provision of a more sterile environment that also allows doctors to work without interruptions.
Another new addition was fold up tables that were installed in every exam room, allowing more space for the doctors and technicians to move around.
After the tour, certificates were presented to Speas and his daughter and co-owner Jessica, including ones from the chamber of commerce, the City of Glendale, Senator Carol Liu and the California Legislature Assembly.
“We wish you much success and many happy, wagging tails,” said Suzane Dunwell, senior field representative for Assemblyman Mike Gatto as she presented Speas with the California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition.
Following the ceremony, the guests made their way out front for the official ribbon cutting. Many congratulations and handshakes were exchanged and root beer floats were distributed.
The next day, CCPH had an open house for customers and local residents to come by and see the new construction first hand.
The Pasadena Humane Society Mobile Unit was present and had a few dogs available that were up for adoption.
A raffle took place at the end of the day with gift baskets donated from national pet organizations such as VPI Pet Insurance, Idexx Laborattories, Patterson Veterinary Supply, Purina Veterinary Diets, Virbac and Zoetis.
Speas said that although the environment in which they work is much nicer, the medicine and overall practice of caring for the animals remains the same.
“We’re feeling young at 55!” He said.