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Urban Animal growing into new space to serve Capitol Hill’s dogs, cats and pals

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 10.28.24 AMUrban Animal veterinary care clinic is moving closer to the heart of the neighborhood it has been serving for two yearswith a move to The Lyric building on 10th and Thomas in this fall

Dr. Cherri Trusheim said she wanted to keep her clinic’s well earned client base by staying in the Broadway neighborhood.

“We are expanding now,” says veterinary assistant Ross Tindale, “business has been steadily increasing on a month to month basis, this summer has been pretty crazy so far.”

The new location in the Lyric is in the heart of Broadway and will neighbor newly opened Cafe Solstice.

The Lyric is also a block north of the Capitol Hill light rail station scheduled to open in 2016. Pets in carriers are welcome to ride the line adding to the reach of prospective clients.

Urban animal has two veterinarians and is gaining a third in August. It has a full staff of about twelve to run its operations. The clinic is performing scheduled procedures from 7 to 9 a.m. most days, and after 9 AM the clinic opens for four-legged walk-ins.

The clinic will also be extending its hours once moved into the Lyric. Come October, it will be open 8 AM to 8 PM seven days a week. Currently its hours are 9 to 5 PM except Tuesdays and Thursdays when it stays open til 7.

“It is always good to call ahead to see how long the wait is,” says Tindale because some days they have over 50 walk-ins while others have fewer than 20.”

A few Urban Animal clients — and Dr. Trusheim

The staff at Urban Animal mostly resides on the Hill as well and want to continue to maintain their social presence in the community. The move to The Lyric should not change their place in the greater Broadway pet community.

“We invited one of our clients into the gay pride parade,” says Tindale, “and a couple days later I saw his little chihuahua with his leather vest and came up and talked to him. He has a great time. Just being able to maintain a presence socially in the community is important.”

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10 thoughts on “Urban Animal growing into new space to serve Capitol Hill’s dogs, cats and pals

  1. Good for them! I have brought my cats in there a few times and have always been happy with Urban Animal. Good for me, too, now it’ll be a shorter trip to the vet.

  2. We are clients since the first week Urban Animal opened. It is good to know it is coming towards us… We are living upstairs of their new location:)

  3. The downside is the Lyric is very expensive place to live. I am wondering if Urban Animal will charge more for basic check.

  4. It’s great that they’re doing well and growing! But I’m one of the few people for whom this move means they’re actually further from me, since their original location is just a block away from my place. It was nice being able to bring my kitties there without any hassle (especially since there were almost never any other people on the way, as my older cat is very skittish around people he doesn’t know).

    Oh well. Congratulations to Dr. Trusheim and the rest of Urban Animal! :)

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