One Tail at a Time Ellis Veterinary Clinic

One Tail at a Time Ellis Veterinary Clinic


One Tail at a Time


635 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612


New veterinary clinic in an existing dog boarding facility


2,774 SF




I N T E R F O R M Architecture + Design


RTM Engineering Consultants

One Tail at a Time is a Chicago-based no-kill animal rescue that supports under-resourced animal shelters and pet families. With a progressive dog adoption program, One Tail at a Time rescues hundreds of animals each year from local and Southern shelters by rehabilitating, fostering, and finding adopters for each dog.

Helios was contracted to renovate an existing dog boarding space to create the new in-house One Tail at a Time Ellis Veterinary Clinic. The fully staffed veterinary clinic reduces the cost of care and length of stay for animals taken in by the rescue. Our team managed the complete replacement of electrical wiring, HVAC equipment, and piping. We installed new carpentry and cabinetry throughout the building, and local artists painted custom indoor and outdoor murals.

Please visit to learn more about One Tail At a Time’s mission.

Key Features

  New spay/neuter surgical room and separate wing for ISO (isolation) dogs

  New treatment room, exam rooms, and intake area

  Updated lobby, meet-and-greet room, and outdoor play yard

  Kitten nursery and private areas for moms/puppies to recover from labor

  New epoxy flooring New drop ceilings

  Murals painted by local artists