When Sabrina Kopfhamer heard the Lehigh Acres Animal Hospital was being sold, she worried about how a new owner might affect the veterinary clinic's level of care.
Kopfhamer, who has worked at the clinic for over four years, said she asked her employer to sell the business to her instead so that she could make sure it continued to provide a good quality of care.
"This is the longest standing veterinarian in Lehigh Acres," she said. "When (the previous owner) said he was going to sell, it turned my stomach knowing that it was going to go to an outsider."
"I didn't know what they were going to do to my community," she added. "It bothered me."
As the new owner, Kopfhamer wants to make sure customers feel like they are being educated about what is happening to their pet. She explained that it is important for people to feel like they have someone who they can reliably call when they have questions about their animal's health.
"I want to educate people so that they know what they are looking at, so they aren't scared in the middle of the night and there is someone they can call," Kopfhamer said. "I don't want them to have this uncertainty about things, like how much it's going to cost."
Kopfhamer regularly visit the Facebook group "Pay It Forward Lehigh Acres" and answers basic questions about pet health posted by residents in the community.
According to Kopfhamer, the hospital staff can perform everything from basic checkups or spay and neuters, to a wide range of procedures like surgeries. It offers services to dogs, cats and birds.
Kopfhamer said she hopes to be able to visit retirement homes in the local community that allow animals, so that the senior citizen residents have an easy way to get basic care for their pets.
She also noted the new deals that the hospital will offer on animal care.
"I am going to be running a special on flea medication because that is something we have an epidemic of and it's expensive so people have a hard time with it," Kopfhamer said.
The hospital will offer a fast-acting medication that can wipe out a flea infestation in 24 hours for under $10. It will also provide free heartworm tests to customers who purchase comprehensive heartworm prevention medication.
For more information, call 239-369-2167.
Lehigh Acres Animal Hospital is at 21 Homestead Road S.