In The Community
A Testimonial for
the Dog Playground
From: Lori A. Brown
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008
Subject: New Dog Park is Wonderful!
Dear Mayor Moe & Mr. Lhotsky,
Zeke and Zedi Brown enjoy the Dog Playground
We met up with Lucky & Bandit Lyles & Max Douville after 7:30 a.m. mass yesterday at the new Dr. Bruce Morley Dog Park & had a wonderful time! We love the trees, benches, sturdy fences & lots of room to practice our herding maneuvers. We're sure Lori will be taking us there on a very frequent basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Picture of us attached.
Sincerely, your friends,
Zeke & Zedi Brown
We Provide Community Service
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital and Resort team members are active members of the community. Their activities range from volunteering for community-based public service programs, local humane organizations, teaching youth groups who want to learn more about animal care, and church-related community services. We have even traveled to help out other communities during times of need, such as Hurricane Katrina. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital and our team have participated in a countless charity events throughout the years such as the SPCA walks, Animal Advocates Walk for Paws, the AIDS Rides, AVON Breast Cancer Walks, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Events, Bike MS, Walk Now for Autism, and many more.
We Give Back to the Community
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital maintains a non-perishable food drive collection system in our hospital lobby year-round. Team members distribute the collected items to local area food banks and food drives.
We are the Veterinarian and Veterinary Hospital for the City of Laurel
Dr. Steven Wolchinsky proudly serves as the appointed veterinarian for the City of Laurel. He was appointed as such by Mayor Craig Moe in August of 2008. Mayor Moe stated; "Dr. Wolchinsky, his team, and facility will help to address the City's emergency responses and planning by helping to support the needs of domestic animals. Dr. Wolchinsky and his staff are true caring professionals and a MOST welcome addition to the City." Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital Team members have participated in and will continue to train in disaster preparedness and response. With emergency preparedness becoming part of our culture these days, we must all work together to ensure the safety of our loved ones and our companion animals.
We Give Back to the Profession of Veterinary Medicine
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital believes it is our responsibility to contribute to the growth of individuals who wish to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. In doing so we honor our commitment to the Veterinary Hippocratic Oath. We continuously employ students who are enrolled in pre-veterinary programs so that they may gain practical experience and insight into the profession. Several previous team members have graduated from veterinary school and are now employed as practicing veterinarians.
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital team members participate via volunteer positions in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), Veterinary News Network (VNN), and other organizations that contribute to the advancement and growth of veterinary medicine.
We Cooperate with Animal Control, Humane Societies, Animal Rescue Groups, and Animal Welfare Organizations
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital recognizes the critical animal welfare services provided to the community by the City of Laurel Animal Control, Howard County Animal Advocates and Animal Control, Prince George's County SPCA and Humane Society, Prince George's County Animal Control, the Washington Animal Rescue League, and the Washington Humane Society. In addition, Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital recognizes the critical animal welfare services provided by the myriad of animal rescue organizations: Schnauzer Rescue, German Short-haired Pointer Rescue, Sheltie Rescue, Lab Rescue, Tails of Hope Sanctuary, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, Cocker Spaniel Rescue, English Pointer Rescue, Poodle Rescue, Beagle Rescue, Rescue Me Yorkie, Greyhound Wish, Springer Spaniel Rescue, Small Miracles, Fidos for Freedom, PG Ferals, Four Paws, Small Paws, and many others.
All of these organizations work tirelessly to provide protection, appropriate care, and adoption services for local animals. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital offers these organizations affordable and discounted veterinary services to help them in their efforts. Our veterinarians and healthcare team frequently devote their own personal time to the care of these and many other local animals.
We Take Pride in Our Community and Our Environment
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital takes pride in our community and in our environment. We have adopted a section of Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel, Maryland. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital works in conjunction with the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation to help keep Brooklyn Bridge Road clean and free of trash. Throughout the year, hospital and resort team members, our families, friends, and neighbors will gather gloves, trash bags, grasping tongs, and bright orange safety vests and head outside to clear debris and litter from the road, sidewalk, bridges, and shoulders of Brooklyn Bridge Road. When left uncollected, litter and debris, in addition to being unsightly, will be washed into storm drains and ultimately into the watersheds that feed into other water systems, including the Chesapeake Bay. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital's participation in the Adopt-A-Road program helps keep our roads and streams environmentally healthy as well as ensuring a better quality of life in the City of Laurel and in Prince George's County.
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital has a strong recycling program. We promote efficient use of materials and resources throughout our facility including water, electricity, supplies and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable.
We Offer Educational Lectures and Tours of Our Hospital and Resort
We would be pleased to come to your school or organization to give interesting and educational lectures on a variety of pet health topics. We would be glad to schedule group tours of our hospital and resort. Please understand that we have limited availability, so we ask that you call well in advance (four to eight weeks) to schedule lectures or tours.
We Proudly Announce the Dr. C. Bruce Morley Memorial Dog Playground in the City of Laurel
In honor of Dr. C. Bruce Morley, founder of Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital, the City of Laurel opened its first Dog Playground. The Dog Playground is located adjacent to the Leo E. Wilson Park off of Alan Drive at Van Dusen Rd. At the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication, the City of Laurel Dog Playground was officially named after Dr. C. Bruce Morley, founder of Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital and a veterinarian who was monumental in the care of the City of Laurel Police Department Canine Officers.
The Dog Playground, consisting of one acre of parkland, has two fenced-in areas. One area is for medium to larger dogs and the second fenced-in area is for smaller dogs. There are dog waste stations set up as well as water fountains. Pet owners also must be sure their dogs are in good health and are current on all vaccinations. Limited parking is located off of Alan Drive, as well as in Leo E. Wilson Park. For more information, please call the City of Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800.