Animal Refuge Center celebrates the official opening of a new on-site clinic



A new state-of-the-art medical center at the Animal Refuge Center in North Fort Myers will officially open on Saturday.

The Sharon Bodenhafer Critter Clinic will continue to treat hundreds of cats and dogs on the property that have been injured and abandoned.

The medical center was born after three years of hard work and numerous donations. It was named after Bodenhafer, whose husband Chuck Bodenhafer donated a large amount in his honor.

“Sharon has rescued dogs and cats her whole life, I couldn’t count that many,” Chuck Bodenhafer said in a press release. “If she couldn’t keep them, she found them forever homes.”

The Animal Refuge Center is the largest no-kill shelter in Southwest Florida.

So far they have rescued over 100 cats and dogs this year.

The new 2,500 square foot medical and admissions facility will provide more space and better technology to care for animals on site.

The latest improvements are a digital x-ray machine, a digital dental laboratory and a new anesthesia machine.

The center hopes the improvements will allow them to give the animals the life they deserve.

“It wasn’t their fault that an owner abandoned them or that they were born and abandoned, or just left somewhere,” said Rob Spicker, who serves on the board as vice chairman of the Animal Refuge Center.

“They deserve better than that, we’re going to fill that void, we’re going to bring them in, we’re going to take care of them, we’re going to heal them. And then we hope to find a family that will take them in and love them for the rest of their lives,” Spicker added.

The clinic now has more than 300 animals. The new clinic is reserved for the animals of the property.

Anyone interested in adopting animals from the center can visit the Animal Shelter Center website.

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