Whole Health holds dog adoption event

Guests at the adoption event (Photos by Maya Rader)

Guests at the adoption event (Photos by Maya Rader)

By Maya Rader

Whole Health Veterinary Hospital usually isn’t open on Sundays, but on Sunday, July 24, it unlocked its doors from 1-4 p.m. for a dog adoption event.

The event at the First Avenue health clinic was facilitated by Waggytail Rescue, an organization that finds homes for dogs (and occasionally cats) in need.

Throughout the day, people came to the clinic to visit the rescued dogs available for adoption. If someone wanted to adopt, they filled out an application and then left for a couple hours to think about their decision. If adopting seemed like too big of a commitment, they also had the option of fostering instead.

One person who became a foster parent at the event was David Chambers, who explained, “I can’t have a dog because I work too much.” Another fosterer, Yasmin Fodil, explained, “I wanted to adopt a dog and thought (fostering) was a good first step.”

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Veterinary hospital to open on 1st Ave.

The future home of Whole Health features an animal mural by street artist Vince. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The future home of Whole Health features an animal mural by street artist Vince. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Gramercy resident and veterinarian Timothy Mann, who used to own a practice in Brooklyn, will be bringing his skills closer to home on Valentine’s Day, when he’ll be opening Whole Health, a holistic veterinary hospital and dental clinic on First Avenue.

The animal hospital is opening at 335 First Avenue, opposite Stuyvesant Town, which was last home to the French Cleaners dry-cleaning shop. Already the space has been rebuilt, complete with a mural of pets on the storefront’s grates, painted by street artist Vince.

This week, Mann spoke with Town & Village about what pet owners can expect at Whole Health and what it means to offer holistic health services to pets.

Mainly, Mann said he wanted to offer a more personal approach to care, from trying alternative treatments like herbal medication or acupuncture to encouraging alternatives to vaccination.

In particular with older dogs, Mann said that idea is to first see if there are other forms of treatment available that don’t run the risks of side effects. This would be checked with tests to see how the dog would respond to vaccines before they actually go through getting one.

“We vaccinate as a knee-jerk reaction,” said Mann. “Vaccines can save lives but they can also cause side effects.” The precautionary lab work, however, he said, “is cheaper than a vaccine, so you save money and do better for your pet.”

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