Echo Park dogs and cats rejoice. There are two new vets in town ready to rid your worms and clean your teeth.
The Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital opened last month in Echo Park on a stretch of Sunset Bouelvard that’s quickly becoming Animal Row. Situated between PETA and K9 Loft, the new vet office performs a wide range of medical and dental procedures for kitties and canines.
Michelle Zoryan, owner and one of the vets at the hospital, said they provide everything from check-ups to lab testing, X-rays and surgical procedures. So far they’ve seen a diverse stream of customers, with plenty of Eastsiders’ favorite dogs, pit bulls and chihuahuas.
Zoryan is joined at the hospital by vet Diane Tang (Full disclosure: I had to bring our dog in and Tang worked through multiple options with me.) Both grew up in the San Fernando Valley and met at a Glendale animal clinic. But they had their eyes on Echo Park.
“Dr. Tang and I have always loved Echo Park for its close-knit neighborhood and its lively culture,” Zoryan wrote in an email. “We are frequent visitors of all of the local restaurants and shops! One of the main reasons why we elected to open a hospital here is because we wanted a place where we felt comfortable and part of a family, and Echo Park fit that need.”
In addition, next door’s K9 Loft, a dog boarding and pet supply business, is owned by Zoryan’s husband and his partner.
And while Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital, which is open seven days a week, is functional for pets, its design is really for the owners. A clean, crisp lobby is accented with large photographs of dogs and cats doing adorable things. Behind the receptionist desk is a brick wall, which Zoryan said is 108 years old and served as the inspiration for the hospital’s design.
“We wanted to keep a piece of the history of Echo Park in our hospital while also bringing in new design and state-of-the-art veterinary equipment and services – a little yin and yang,” she wrote.
There’s a treat jar for pets on the reception desk, and a coffee nook for humans in the lobby.
Hayley Fox is an L.A. native now living in Echo Park. After getting her master’s in journalism at the Annenberg school, Fox worked at public radio station KPCC 89.3 where she wrote and produced stories for online and on-air. She covered mostly downtown L.A. and South L.A. news, as well as covering city-wide crime, breaking news and the occasional adorable animal story.