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Join us in wishing Dr. Debra Givin the best of luck on her next chapter by stopping by The Cat Doctor at 183 Brighton Avenue in Portland, Maine on Saturday, April 28, 2018 between 1:00-3:00 pm.

Dr. Givin with cat QuickenDr. Givin founded The Cat Doctor 30 years ago. She will be retiring on April 26th. We want to thank her for her dedication to our clients and patients over the past three decades. There will be light refreshments and a guestbook to sign. In lieu of any presents or flowers, we have set up a fund in her name to help kitties in need.

While we are happy for the next chapter in his life, we're sad to see Dr. Givin go! Your pets will continue to receive the same quality of care and personal attention that you have come to expect from Dr. Givin. 

Please feel free to call us at (207) 874-2287 if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

March 20, 2018

It has been almost 30 years since I opened The Cat Doctor on June 13, 1988. A “feline exclusive” practice was still a new concept, and The Cat Doctor was the first cat-only veterinary practice in the state of Maine. I have learned so much over the years.

I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have experienced the wisdom of cats. I truly believe that the more we understand how to live with happy healthy cats, the better we will become as human beings. It seems to me that the secrets for success are: to live a lifestyle suited to your temperament; to avoid conflict; when faced with anything new or confusing, stay in your thinking brain watch; and wait to act until you have a plan.

My current plans involve a change in location, and time to join with my parents as they downsize and prepare to enjoy the final season of their family saga. I will always be a veterinarian and will for the near future expect to fill in occasionally when Dr. Britton or Dr. Wright need to take some time off.

While it would be my inclination to quietly take my leave knowing that I am leaving the practice in good hands, I cannot go without thanking all of you; clients, patients, and staff members for your trust and patience. We have come a long way together.


Debra Givin, DVM
Chief of Staff


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