All Creatures Vet Clinic offering boarding and grooming in Otter Tail
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Perham now offers boarding and grooming in a new Ottertail location at 44033 Hawes Beach Road.
Owner Dr. Raenna Covington said she originally planned to offer boarding at the Perham facility, but those plans were postponed, and then the building in Otter Tail came up for sale and it suited their needs.
"It's deceiving from the outside; it just looks like a giant shed, but there is actually quite a bit of space inside, and it used to be a boarding facility and vet clinic, so it had a lot of what we needed already in place," Covington said.
All Creatures started taking in animals for boarding last December, and grooming started this month. They are in the processing of remodeling the spaces to incorporate an indoor playroom, varying size runs and large deluxe suites that will look more like bedrooms than kennels. She said their goal is to make it feel like home for the pets.
She added at this spot they will be able to take the dogs for walks on a path through a small wooded area out behind the facility and that leads down to a lake. "We wouldn't have been able to offer that if we were in town," Covington said.
There are also plans to expand the outdoor area.
"We have cat rooms, and we will have an area with a scratching post and a tree, and we board exotic pets, such as birds, guinea pigs," Covington said.
She's been asked several times if she's closing the clinic in Perham, and she said definitely not. The facility in Otter Tail will offer routine care, but if the animal is sick it will need to go to the Perham clinic.
Manager Becky Frasz said the response so far has been great, and it's been busy.
"We've been booked, especially on the weekends, but even the weekdays are very full," she said. "There just aren't a lot of options for boarding in the area and people need someplace to take their pet so they know it will be well taken care of. There are a variety of reasons: someone might be going out of town on a business trip, families have kids in sports activities, retired couples head south and can't take their pets with them, or someone might have a family emergency. It's not always for vacations."
Frasz said the office hours are Monday through Friday from 8-3 p.m., but she will work with people for drop off and pick up times, and they have weekend staff that comes in on Saturday and Sunday to take care of the animals.
Future plans include dog obedience classes in the fall at the Perham location.
Covington said one of the main reasons for the expansion is that her daughter is in vet school at the University of Minnesota and will be coming back to Perham when she finishes in three years.
Anyone interested in boarding their pet or grooming services can call the Otter Tail location directly at 218-367-7387 or go to the web site for more information www.allcreaturesperham.com.