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Meet Bruce Antonoff of Pets and People Wellness Center of San Diego in City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bruce Antonoff.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I own a pet transportation company called San Diego Pet Driver. I have been working with pets for 10 years, I’ve been driving them, boarding them, taking them to the airport and to the vet. I have taken them to the vet for multiple reasons: they have cancer so they need to go to oncology, they have to fly and they need a health certificate, they are injured and need a vet, they need boarding or doggie daycare.

All of these reasons have led me to believe that there needs to be a “one stop shop” location where all of their needs can be met under one roof. In addition to those needs being met… both pets and people need a place to heal. I would like a pet park on the facility which is good for the community. I would like pets to be brought in when the owner does not have funds for care or where they can drop off a pet that they can no longer care for.

I would like people to come to us before deciding which pet to get, I would like school children to tour our facility and hear a speech about the responsibility of owning a pet. The ideas are endless.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It took me a while to really develop the scope of the Pets and People Wellness Center, for detail of each department, please see our website. I would like a wellness center in San Diego and one in Los Angeles and after that one in each state in the USA and one in each country.

People absolutely love the idea, the conversation stimulates hundreds of ideas and a real passion in people who love animals.

The biggest obstacle is money. This concept is HUGE. I need a building the size of Costco or a car dealership that we own and own the land to for this to flourish and succeed.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Pets and People Wellness Center of San Diego – what should we know?
This is a concept that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. We specialize in the healing of people and animals. Suppose your pet is on the verge of death, we will have rooms nearby where the owners of the pet can stay to check on their pet often and not be far from them.

Imagine that you have been given a few months to live, we will have a comfort care unit where you can be checked on by your doctor and nurse with your pet by your side in your hospital bed.

Imagine you are the victim of a crime or abuse; you can see a counselor as you caress a pet as you discuss your situation. You can bring your pet to the visit or use one of our comfort animals.

When you board your pet, we will have a full veterinary staff in case your pet gets ill while you are gone.

Anything you need for your pet can be found under our roof.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that if people donate to a foundation, then money will not be the driving focus of the wellness center. I want people to be able to bring a wounded pet in for care and have the pet receive the care, I don’t want the staff to say: “it costs $500 for us to evaluate the pet”.

I want this to be for profit (as we have staff to pay) but also a non-profit as donations will help cover the needs of pets, whatever they may be. We can also offer micro chipping or a GPS collar for the pets at no cost or low cost depending on income.

People often die and leave their fortune to their pet… we can use that to sponsor a young person in vet school or aid in the life care of the pet and keep the wellness center alive.

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