BLACK FOREST, Colo. - A popular veterinary clinic for 30 years in Black Forest has recovered from a wildfire and working in a temporary clinic to reopen in a new location.
On Monday, the Black Forest Veterinary Clinic began operating in renovated office space on Black Forest Road, just north of the Shoup Road intersection. The location is across the street from where the clinic's original building was destroyed by the wildfire in June.
Dr. Ted Mohr, the clinic's owner, said he has mixed emotions about returning.
"Just practicing again and seeing people again has been very rewarding," he said. "But it's hard looking across the street and seeing my vacant place. Even though it's only been four months since the fire, it feels like it's been four years."
For the past three months, the clinic has remained in business while sharing space with Powers Pet Emergency. The Black Forest clinic has around 4,000 clients.
"A lot of them didn't see us on Powers because they wanted to wait until we came back," said Mohr. "We've tried to contact everyone, but we get a lot of cards back from displaced people whose homes burned down. We don't know the fate of a lot of them."
Mohr said the new clinic will have two exam rooms, one fewer than at the previous location, and most of his staff has returned.
The clinic will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 19 between noon and 4 p.m. to celebrate its reopening with the public. Food and prizes will be available.
The clinic's new address in 12655 Black Forest Road, Suite 118.