Our Story at Bottletree Animal Hospital in Oxford

Do you know where Bottletree Animal Hospital got its name? When Dr. Apryl Garcia, our hospital founder and veterinarian, first came to Mississippi, she began noticing the bottletrees everywhere and she was fascinated! Many locals in Mississippi already know what these bottletrees mean, but for those who don’t, we find the story very interesting!

What is a Bottletree?

“Bottletrees” were introduced to the south by slaves from Africa. They would put up these decorative metal trees covered in glass bottles, typically blue ones, near the front doors of their homes. They believed that the bottles would capture evil spirits overnight and in the light of day, those spirits would vanish.