Animal Hospital Ghosts
M. Jenkins, FL, USA
I worked at a small animal hospital in Ocala, Florida for nearly two years. Several strange things happened here, but I will highlight the most striking.
Because it was such a small clinic, the other technician and myself doubled as kennel girls, and we would alternate weekends to tend to the animals staying there, which meant that we would go in twice a day on the days we were closed.
One Saturday evening, I walked in at twilight to take care of the kennels. We had a hospitalized dog staying in the treatment room, right next to the kennel room, and because he would take the longest to tend to, I left him for last. As I prepared to put a new catheter into him (he had bitten the last one out), I realized that he had made a mess in his cage, and because we needed to analyze his stool, I took advantage of the situation, and took a sample into the lab area in order to set it up for testing. Once a sample is taken, it takes ten minutes for any potential parasite eggs to float to the top of the test tube, so I left the area in darkness, and returned to the treatment room to deal with the catheter and clean up of both dog and cage. I had the radio tuned into a classic rock station, and was singing along to a favorite AC/DC tune, when I distinctly heard the tapping of claws on the floor in the lab area. Mind you, this over Bon Scott and Angus Young going on about their dirty deeds, so for something like this to have grabbed my attention, over a semi loud radio playing heavy rock and roll, it was pretty loud, and experience told me that it sounded much like a heavy animal. Just a note: We never had any loose animals in the clinic unless they were our own pets brought in during hours of operation. I went to investigate, as I am prone to do when something distracts me so.
I peeked out the treatment room door, and there was nothing there, but the sound was coming toward me. Right next to the microscope, floating several feet in the air, was a bubble of a white light. There were no lights on in there, or light coming in from the outside. I had not yet turned on the light. Needless to say, I did not check the fecal sample. I took care of the dog rather shakily and left!
Another incident was more dramatic. The last appointment of the day had left, and the doctor was out the door, as was the other technician, who had stayed late that day to help me out we were so busy. She and I were chatting with the receptionist in the front office area, and I glanced over into the examination rooms, and was so startled by the gray striped tabby kitten about to pounce on something that I called out, "Loose cat in the clinic!" I took those words back when the kitten disappeared as I watched. There were no cats of that description in the clinic, and none had been there earlier in the day.
No one liked to stay there alone, and I was not the first or the last to experience the sounds of claws on the floor, or the sounds of something crashing to the floor in the doctor's office, only to run back there and find it empty with everything in place. Other times, doors would open and shut on their own, even with a client witnessing the event. We actually lost a client over such an incident, for she was too terrified to ever return. My dog, a Beagle mix that is more intelligent than a lot of people I know, as well as the receptionist's Poodle, both refused to walk in a certain area in the hallway.
I am of the opinion that there are several animal ghosts there, and possibly a human ghost that lingers, but I have not had the opportunity to research the property history for the latter, and can only imagine that with all the euthanasia's and trauma related deaths there, that it would be logical to have some critters hanging around. Whatever it is, it's spooky and it's happened to everyone that has ever spent a substantial amount of time at the hospital.