In March, I wrote about how lucky we are in the Yakima Valley to have a pet emergency room. It can be a very scary situation for pet parents when they need help. Especially when your “baby” can’t tell you exactly what’s wrong.
Word now comes that we won’t be so lucky in the new year.
“Yakima Pet Emergency is permanently closing our doors effective 12/31/23.”
There is a message posted on the front. Yakima Pet Emergency website.
No reason has been given for the unexpected closure (at the time of this writing), but one can speculate that staffing issues and the cost of operations may be the reason.
Now that our pet ER is about to close, the closest one to our area is about an hour and a half away.
“If you are experiencing a pet emergency, please contact Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency at 509-547-3577.”
Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency is located at 8913 Sandifer Parkway in Pasco, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Pet Emergency of Yakima has experienced limited hours in the past two years.)
I have used Yakima Pet Emergency many times throughout my cat Rayne’s life and even 6 months ago with my little dog Rusty. The staff there has always been kind, knowledgeable, caring and helpful. This is truly a sad event for the Yakima Valley. I wish all the hard workers and pet healthcare providers the best of luck in their future and thank you so much for being there for our four-legged friends when we need them!
See: Here’s Every State’s Pet Ban
Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to the states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standard legislation that would allow the keeping of big cats, bears, primates, and large venomous snakes as pets. will be banned.
Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state as well as across the country.
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