Over the past months, we have been wretchedly reminded of the racial injustice in our country through the murders of (among others):
- George Floyd, Minneapolis
- Breonna Taylor, Louisville
- Ahmaud Arbery near Brunswick, Georgia
- Tony McDade, Tallahassee
- Sean Reed, Indianapolis
Today, as the funeral for George Floyd is held, is a day for remembrance and a day of sadness for the tragic, unjust events in Minneapolis, not only for George Floyd’s family, his community and his city, but for our nation and all people. This day opens wounds that refuse to heal. Wounds that will never heal until this stops. This healing is prevented by hundreds of years of racism; from economic injustice, hiring practices, to social isolation to murder – government endorsed or not, legal or not.
As a practice, we embrace diversity in our team members and all who seek our help.
Ellicott Street Animal Hospital has been an urban practice for 140 years, and founder of the West Side Pet Clinic, a low cost community clinic. Both are a key supporters of the Pet Emergency Fund.
We are deeply committed to helping all pets and their people regardless of their race, gender identity, or socio-economic background.
Our mission statement directs that all care will be communicated compassionately and that we pledge to help every animal (and person) that comes through our door. Racism has no place here.
I do not have the answers, we not have the answers but we are committed to making it better. In every day, in every moment, in every interaction, in every person, we make a choice. We choose justice not judgment. We choose kindness, not hate. We choose openness not oppression. We choose respect not intolerance.