Sandra Maki, event coordinator for the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, leads the APAWS ribbon-cutting ceremony in Eastpointe on June 10. To his right is Theresa Sumpter, general manager of APAWS and Detroit Pit Crew.
EASTPOINTE – On June 10, community members and local dignitaries – and some treasured pooches – came out for the grand opening of the new APAWS Veterinary Hospital at 21300 Kelly Road.
“We had quite a large crowd today,” Sandra Maki, events coordinator for the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce, said via email.
APAWS stands for Animal Protection and Welfare Services and was founded by Theresa Sumpter, who is also the executive director. Sumpter also founded Detroit Pit Crew Rescue, and the two nonprofits work hand in hand.
Detroit Pit Crew rescues stray, helpless, injured and sick dogs in Detroit who need immediate medical attention. The rescue charity also provides safe custody for dogs that are part of cases of animal cruelty or neglect.
APAWS is a full service veterinary hospital. The clinic came into existence when many local veterinary hospitals were unable to see the animals rescued by Detroit Pit Crew due to COVID-19.
“They no longer allowed us to access their clinics. It has become a very desperate time for pet owners,” Sumpter said. “They had to have fewer staff for everyone’s safety (during COVID-19). Some vets are booked months in advance.
In January, APAWS purchased the 6,000 square foot building that was once an asthma and allergy clinic. The mission of APAWS is to provide low-cost veterinary services to local relief and the community.
“APAWS serves 15 different organizations as well as the general public,” Sumpter said.
APAWS will also assist local law enforcement by providing temporary detention and medical care to pets that are part of cases of animal cruelty or neglect.
The new veterinary hospital has two complete operating theaters, three isolation rooms, an X-ray room, five examination rooms and a serenity room. Services offered include exams, vaccinations, feline spaying, lab and diagnostics, dental cleanings, digital x-rays and acupuncture for dogs and cats, natural healing and pain relief.
APAWS is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sumpter would like to add weekend hours eventually, but currently there is a vet and more are needed. About 10 staff members work at the veterinary hospital.
“We are desperately looking for more vets,” Sumpter said. “We would like to have four or five.”
Appointments are required, “but we also take emergency calls,” Sumpter said.
“It was awesome,” Sumpter said of the grand opening. “We had a lot of community support.”
For more information about the new APAWS Clinic, visit apawsdetroit.com or call (586) 619-8000.
For more information on Detroit Pit Crew, visit detroitpitcrew.com.