WARRENSBURG, MO: Passing by on Business Route 13 in Warrensburg, you may have noticed a new facility for Lifetime Animal Center. Founded in 1997, Lifetime Animal Center provides a multitude of small animal veterinary services including: acupuncture, cold therapy laser, emergency service, grooming, and boarding services.
Opening in 2019, the new 5,000 square foot facility
has improved conditions for both patients and staff. The hospital
previously provided services in a crowded 1,200 square foot building. The new
building contains five exam rooms, a welcome center, special procedures room,
and a new staff break room. Boarding
options for dogs include luxury suites that come with a television for your
furry friends to watch and a webcam for owners to check in on their pets. Other
features include a doctor’s office, grooming room, traditional pet boarding,
secure exercise area, laboratory/pharmacy, a double surgery suite and a comfort
room with a separate entrance and exit for grieving pet owners bringing a pet
in for euthanasia.
This local expansion project was made possible in part by the Johnson County Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) tax benefits. To receive EEZ tax benefits, a qualifying company must invest at least $100,000 and create 2 new jobs. The minimum benefit available is 50% tax abatement on new real property tax for 10 years.
“This EEZ program really facilitates growth and expansion for existing businesses. Although the zone also allows for new businesses to receive benefits, the EEZ program is a great way to support those existing companies that have already made their home in Johnson County,” stated Tracy Brantner, Johnson County Enhanced Enterprise Zone Program Administrator. “The extra savings with the EEZ program gives businesses a higher comfort level to expand, in the community they are already invested in. We hope to see more businesses take advantage of this opportunity and grow in Johnson County.” Brantner also serves as the Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) Executive Director.
“We were really happy with the EEZ
program and found the JCEDC to be super helpful with the entire process.
The program made it easier for us to do an expansion project like this and hire
the additional staff needed to make it all work,” Dr. Chuck Barry, hospital owner,
For more information about Lifetime Animal Center, visit www.lifetimeanimalcenter.com.
For more information about Enhanced Enterprise Zone, visit www.jocoeez.com.