By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2014
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It is no secret that the veterinarians at SAHO Owasso Animal Hospital love animals. Co-owners Dr. Chris Kelley, Dr. Brian Spriggs, and Dr. Greg Strathe have each devoted over two decades to quality veterinary care of area animals and can produce countless testimonials from those whose pets they have lovingly nurtured. In fact, at any time, you could walk through the doors of SAHO and see one of the doctors down on the floor petting or playing with one of their patients. These same doctors are also known for devoting themselves to community involvement and service.
Dr. Chris Kelley currently serves on Owasso’s City Council and will be next year’s Chamber of Commerce Chairman. He has been a member of both the Owasso Capital Improvements Committee and the Owasso Character Council for four years. Dr. Bryan Spriggs is the current Chairman of Owasso’s Economic Development Authority. Dr. Greg Strathe is a past Owasso Chamber of Commerce Chairman and past Owasso Public School Board Member. He has won several recognition awards including Owassoan of the Year and is the founder of Pet Fest.
“Our business is owned by Owassoans, not absentee owners – and we all stay involved to make our community better,” says Dr. Kelley. “We are raising our kids here, and we hope to make it a place where they want to stay.”
Part of the doctors’ vision for community growth is materializing before their eyes each day. As they look out the front window of their current location on the south side of 86th Street North, they can see the progress of their new building on the north side, which they anticipate will be finished in November. Not only will the new facility be able to more efficiently accommodate their comprehensive list of veterinary services, but it will be able to host more upscale pet services, such as a doggie day care, an upscale pet boarding facility, and dog training. “The most unique feature will be the dog park in front of the clinic,” says Dr. Kelley. “Dogs won’t just ‘go for a walk’ – they will have a swim area, obstacle courses, and areas to play with other dogs.” The building will have almost triple the space of the present hospital, going from 7,200 to over 20,000 square feet, with a much larger waiting area, creating a more efficient visit for pets and pet owners.
To Drs. Kelley, Spriggs, and Strathe, this development is just a part of the natural progression their careers and personal lives have taken as they have become integral parts of the Owasso community. “This is not just a job for us – the number one thing about us is that we genuinely love animals,” says Dr. Kelley. “Being able to maintain that love and combine it with our love for our growing, vibrant community is a way of life for us all.”
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