Ocean County Veterinary Clinic- as this building was once called- now
stands empty... slowly falling into a state of decay and disrepair. Thick, dark woods
cradle the property on three sides, and a there is a cracked concrete lot out back that
still boasts a rickety old basketball hoop. The place was deadly quiet as I explored the
grounds, and sunlight made strange shifting shadows crawl over the forgotten building
One of the most interesting things at the clinic is the cage compound at
the back of the building... it's just this big maze of interlocking chainlink cages and
corridors. There is a very chilling and forbidding atmosphere clinging to the cages...
despite being open on all sides to the air and sunlight, the interior of the cage compound
is gloomy and dank. There was a broken gate on one side where I could just squeeze through
into the cage area... but the way further in was blocked by debris and locked, rusty
chainlink gates... so I couldn't really get all the way inside. But standing just inside
the first corridor, I could practically feel the clammy presence of death; these must have
been holding pens for some of the animals treated here, I can only assume that some of
them also died back here. There is a heavy, doomed feeling within these cages; even the
very trees seems to forbid entrance as they stretch their thorny limbs across the entry
This place looks like it was once landscaped really nicely; now the
landscape is taking over... covering windows and crisscrossing over doorways. There are
nests all over the roof, and the roots of the trees around the place have begun to push
their way through the concrete, creating spiderweb fissures across it. There's also
another old abandoned structure in the woods next to the clinic, it looks like a little
house, but I think it was part of the complex. When I got home and looked at my pictures,
I spotted something kind of eerie- a creepy face- in the pic above, left. My hubby later
picked it out too, when he looked at them. We both thought it was pretty spooky looking.
Most likely a reflection or a trick of the light... who knows?? But it's creepy anyway.
Does anyone else see it?
- The red bricks and columns of the
building are almost charming, were it not for the jagged broken windows and the weeds that
skirt the structure. Big scraggly trees are growing wildly around the lot, insulating it
from busy Route 9, which runs in front of it. The feeling of old death and loneliness
clouding the place are sad and disturbing. I enjoyed shooting these pics as I always do,
but was relieved to be finished and leave this mournful place behind.
Virtual Scoob Katia always send us the most interesting
background info! Here, she shares the story of Ocean Veterinary, "Hi, Shady
(again!)... This old, abandoned animal clinic was once one of the few in the
area...although (reputedly!) not one of the best. A lot of animals were warehoused through
the clinic and, supposedly, this clinic had some sort of contract (official or simply
understood) with animal control in the area. There was a rumor at one time of dead dogs
and cats in the dumpster...I heard that one years ago. There were a lot of complaints
about bad care...then, one day, the clinic closed. Strange, in this area, where
everyone--virtually everyone--has pets and there just aren't enough vets! But the story
is, the clinic just dried up. Now, here's the part you'll love (or feel a little sad
about, depending upon how you interpret it!)...it was rumored there were reported sounds
of whimpering coming from the building and around the kennels outside-- that could not be
credited to any living creature upon police investigation. There are often animals
sitting--just sitting-- near the front door or on the lot (I have seen this
myself--weird!) Well, as you know, anything can be explained away...but when you are all
alone with it, you still feel that prickle and chill...you know what I mean! That's the
Another visitor, Marc, writes,"Shady, Just a quick
note.... Just checked out the Ocean Vet. Image. Yup..another face! Now you have me going
back through old photos I have taken to see if there are any hidden faces!"
And Z tells us, "At first glance your photos of the
clinic did not seem strange at all, but looking through the chain link toward the doorway
gives you a feeling that the good doctor will soon come walking out to check on his poor
little patients in the pen area. Too late to save the poor cat who looks out at you from
the window in the front view of the clinic"
Do you have any background information or stories to tell about this lonely
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