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Options Update: Video tour, support for veterans with pets, see supporter tiles, new opening date

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

Options Veterinary Care update – Sept. 1, 2020

To our supporters:Thank you so much for your generosity in helping to get Options Veterinary Care open. Here’s the latest news on our progress.

Take a 99-second video tour of the future home of Options Veterinary Care! You can see what the clinic space looks like now and view the remodel plans. Watch the video below.

Options will benefit veterans: Disabled Navy veteran named Shane Whitecloud gets much love and support from his PTSD service dog Kodak and therapy dog Rascal. In a new video, he talks about the importance of pets for our health and general well-being, especially for veterans – and how great the need is for Options Veterinary Care for veterans in Northern Nevada. Watch the 81-second video below.

Memorialize or honor a beloved pet or person while supporting Options: A full-color tile placed prominently on the wall in the waiting room (and on the virtual wall of our website) is a wonderful way to remember a beloved pet or honor a family member and also support Options nonprofit clinic. There are four different sizes (4x4 inches up to 12x12) for different donation amounts ($300 up to $1,500). Below are a few examples we have received already. We’re happy to help you create your own tribute tile. Email us for details at

News and Radio Coverage:

  • Mark Robison wrote an article about the need for Options Veterinary Care that was published recently in the Reno Gazette-Journal (read it here).  

  • Clinic Director Denise Stevens appeared on the Bunny Hugger radio show (listen here)

  • Denise Stevens and Mark Robison appeared on the Reno Rush Hour radio show (listen or watch here). 

  • Mark Robison will be a guest at 7:30 a.m. Sunday Sept. 6 on Reno FM stations KTHX, KDOT, and KOZZ with Lotus Radio General Manager Mike Murray.

Opening date:We had to overcome a few permitting challenges and have finally been able to settle on an occupancy date with the contractor who is remodeling the clinic’s future home. We should be in the clinic on Oct. 15 and then will need to get all the medical equipment and supplies moved in. Our new target opening date will be in late October. We will keep you updated as we get closer. 

Fundraising progress: Our fundraising thermometer has slowly been inching upward. Last week, we just topped $300,000 raised. That leaves another $429,000 to go. 

We still need funds to purchase veterinary equipment, including:

  • A digital X-ray machine, specially lined room, electrical work and related equipment: $75,000. 

  • Autoclave to sterilize surgical tools: $5,000.

  • Ultrasonic cleaner: $500.

  • Stethoscope: $225.

  • I.V. stand: $152.

  • Anesthesia mask set: $100.

Please help spread the word: Please share this email with anyone you think would support our mission to keep pets and families together even when they otherwise cannot afford veterinary care for a beloved pet. You can also like our Facebook page and share our posts.  

Northern Nevada truly needs an affordable, high-quality nonprofit veterinary clinic. Help us make it a reality – this is a community effort!

~ Diane Blankenburg; Bonney Brown; Diana Lucree, DVM; Mark Robison; Denise Stevens

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