Well, here’s a bit of an update on the sudden closing of Center City Animal Clinic. Today’s mail contained (alongside a letter intended for someone 10 blocks from here addressed by someone with swoopy handwriting making the number almost impossible to understand) this missive:
Center City Animal Clinic has closed. After 26 years at this location, Dr. A has decided it is time to move on. Unfortunately he could not find another veterinarian to take over the clinic, so he had to close it. Doctors B and C were not interested in ownership here and are now both practicing outside of the city.
[. . . P]lease write or call to request your records. Be sure to give your current address and telephone number. If leaving a voice message, please speak clearly.
Thank you for your patronage for all of these wonderful years. Good luck with your pets.
Now, it’s not much more in the way of information than we had before: Jane’s comment back on the 11th contained all that information and more. Still, I thought it was worth providing further confirmation about the total finality of the closing. I’m still appalled by the suddenness of it all, and the fact that the announcement and explanation (paltry as those are) are almost a full month after-the-fact.
One final snark: when I heard the “we’re closed” announcement on the (ex)clinic’s answering machine, that message told callers to leave their information if they wanted their pet’s medical records. I left my info, speaking very clearly indeed, and I have yet to receive a single piece of information. Now this letter is telling me to make that same request again. Anyone want to place odds on whether my request for these records will actually be honored this second time around?