We were delighted to welcome back former patient Haatchi and his owner, Owen Howkins, to officially unveil our new reception facility.
Anderson Moores first met the famous pair in 2013, not long after Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd, won the Crufts Hero Dog award. Prior to winning the award and meeting his current owner, Haatchi was cruelly tied to a railway line and hit by a train. As a result of his horrific injuries, a back leg and tail had to be amputated. Further complications meant that the knee in his remaining back leg stopped working properly and Haatchi could no longer walk. During this period, Haatchi was adopted and forged a very special bond with Owen, the 8 year old son of his new family. Owen suffers from the extremely rare genetic condition Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome (SJS), which affects just 25 people globally. Witnessing the very special relationship forming between Owen and Haatchi, the Anderson Moores team were determined to do all they could to get Haatchi mobile again and successfully carried out complex orthopaedic surgery.
Four years later, when we were looking to open our fantastic new reception building, we could think of no pair more fitting than Owen and Haatchi.
Commenting on the new Anderson Moores facility, Owen’s father, Will Howkins, said; “We were thrilled when Anderson Moores asked Owen and Haatchi to officially open the new facility. We are amazed at the new building and believe it will be very beneficial to patients. Hopefully Haatchi won’t have to return for further treatment. But if he does, there’s no doubt that he will be well looked after”.
Anderson Moores’ CEO, Richard Hoile, said; “We want to say a huge thank you to Haatchi and Owen, our most famous patient and owner, for formally opening the new facility. This specially designed reception building is a dramatic new addition to our facilities and will provide a much improved environment for the cats and dogs that we care for. It will also free up space in our main clinical building so that we can increase the number of operating theatres and procedure rooms. We are very grateful to our parent company, the Pets At Home group for making it all possible.”
Designed with the patient in mind, the new reception building includes segregated cat and dog waiting areas, state-of-the-art facilities, as well as additional consultation space. A new 64-slice CT scanner will also be installed over the summer to increase their capacity for pet care.
The grand opening was attended by vets from across the south, former patients and owners, who all enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of children’s entertainment, refreshments and guided tours of the new building.