About 9 years ago, Tonya White set out to open the Appalachian Animal Hospital in Elkins. Years later, her client and staff list would grow to be so large, they'd have to move.
On Monday, they broke ground on a new site that will allow them to help animals more efficiently.
"We're really excited. We never thought this was possible. My husband and I opened the facility, and the idea that the clients are loyal clients, we thank them first and foremost because without them and the hard work from our staff, this wouldn't be possible," said Tonya White, owner of Appalachian Animal Hospital.
The new site is located in the Rail Yard in Elkins. White said she hopes to be moved into the new facility by the end of the year. It'll be much bigger than their current building, and they'll still be offering the same services as before, but will allow more animals to be treated.
"It'll be a great expansion for our clients, and a significant improvement to the community. We're adding a 6,000 square foot facility. We'll have a larger lobby, more exam rooms, it'll make it more convenient for our clients," said White.
Not only will this be a great expansion for the hospital, it'll be an important one for Elkins, too. People from several counties bring their pets to the hospital. Local contractors are also the ones constructing the building as well.
"People spend a lot of money and take care for their pets, they're part of their family. So, we think it's going to be a great addition to Elkins and the Rail Yard. It'll be a great location, centralized in downtown Elkins, and people travel from far away to get these services," said Robert Morris of the Randolph County Development Authority.
However, after all is said and done, the biggest positive from the new hospital will be that the animals get better more efficient care.
"Now it'll be more efficient service, faster care for their pets, so quicker diagnosis, that way they get better faster," said White.
They hope to be in the new facility by the end of the year.