A 21st century A&E facility for our animal friends will officially open its doors on Saturday.
The opening of the USPCA animal hospital – which the charity says is the first of its kind in Ireland – marks another milestone for the animal welfare charity, which has been in operation since 1836.
The 12,000 sq feet facility at Carnbane Industrial estate in Newry will be officially opened by Lady Ballyedmond, widow of the late Lord Ballyedmond and deputy chairman of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd.
The USPCA said that “the contribution of Norbrook to the prevention and relief of animal suffering is recognised globally”.
Spokesman David Wilson said: “The USPCA animal hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that prevents and relieves animal suffering in equal measure.”
He said the charity fulfils its objective – “the advancement of animal welfare” – without any funding from government.
The hospital will always be staffed by a qualified vet who is on duty from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday.
Mr Wilson added: “We deal with animals that are suffering. The hospital relieves suffering in companion animals and native wildlife.
“Any animal whose welfare is compromised can be brought to the USPCA and we will treat it for pain relief and make it comfortable.
“We also work with a voucher scheme across Northern Ireland working with local vets where an animal can be referred for more treatment.”
He added that the USPCA will also neuter or spay animals to avoid unwanted litters free of charge “in lieu of a donation”.
The grand opening takes place at noon on Saturday.
The event is planned to include a Downtown Radio Roadshow with Siobhan McGarry; an animal health and wellbeing advice clinic; dog training exhibitions and dog ability courses; grooming advice; and family fun for all ages.