Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital in Rockford has closed

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital stopped serving patients this week, and many people are now wondering where they can take their pets for medical care.

The animal shelter is concerned for the animals that are currently in the care of their hospital and the animals that are taking critical medication.

“They called me yesterday and said they couldn’t do it because they had lost their vet,” pet owner Steve Kennedy said.

Kennedy has two dogs and three cats. He had an appointment Friday at Noah’s Ark to have one of his dogs spayed when he received an unexpected call.

“It took my breath away a bit,” Kennedy said. “I was thinking, you know, ‘man, now I have to go find someone else’, and I knew the prices were going to be higher and I knew it was going to stretch my budget.”

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary executive director Stephanie Lauer said they decided to make some changes, but not all staff were happy.

“Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary decided to turn our hospital into something more in line with our mission, which is obviously population control, caring for animals in need, and it was a reorganization of our hospital and there had people who disagreed with it and so they tendered their resignation,” Lauer said.

Lauer thinks their new plan will work despite this.

“So now we’re going to move more to a clientless type of vet shelter and rescue,” Lauer said.

However, this leaves Kennedy and other clients looking for a new vet.

“I would love to see them get back to business,” Kennedy said. “Like I said, they’re reasonable and they take care of things pretty well. They took very good care of our kittens.

A site in Rock Falls has offered to care for animals currently at Noah’s Ark and an emergency animal hospital in Beloit will help with emergencies or medication refills.

It is not yet known when Noah’s Ark will reopen.

Benjamin M. Yerger