19th Annual NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Celebrates 100th Inductee

Our very own Biscotti has been chosen as an inductee for the 2014 NJVMA Pet Hall of Fame!!  We are so excited and proud of Biscotti, Tori and Ryan for all the work they put into obedience training and making her such a special pup!

NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame



The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) Animal Hall of Fame Committee has selected four dogs, one cat, and one animal welfare advocate for induction into the 19th Annual NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame.

“It is an honor to acknowledge those animals and people that inspired us to share their stories and the recognition of the Human-Animal bond and the role that veterinarians play,“ said Dr. Peter Falk, Chair of the Animal Hall of Fame Committee. “We are thrilled to celebrate our 100th inductee into the Animal Hall of Fame.”

A service dog that continued to make a difference despite a debilitating disease, a lovable golden that helps train Animal Control Officers, a kitten intentionally set on fire who not only survives but inspires, a remarkably attentive terrier that brightens the lives of seniors, a former executive who shifts focus to animal rescue and one very special canine for whom an animal abuse law is named will all be honored on March 9th with induction into the NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame.

“Because of the internet and social media, stories involving the human-animal bond now reach well beyond state and even national boundaries and have the potential to prompt action on a global scale.“ Dr. Falk said. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are:

K-9 ATOS: Degenerative myelopathy cut short the life of Atos, a patrol and explosives detection canine with the New Jersey State Police. In his 6 year career, Atos, along with his handler and partner Colin Frinzi, demonstrated constant professionalism and a willingness to undertake any task. Atos was nominated by Dr. Melissa Turner of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Hillsborough.

BELLE: Belle is a fun-loving golden retriever who works closely with her owner Geoff Goyette, actively participating in the training of future Animal Control Officers. Whether offering a paw to have her pulse checked or simply being the class clown, Belle revels in her work. Belle was nominated by Dr. Melanie Hunt of the Red Bank Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls.

JUSTIN: Through no fault of his own, Justin, a domestic, long-hair kitten used up 11 of his 9 lives before his first birthday. A victim of horrendous animal cruelty, Justin demonstrated just how strong the will to live can be. Justin was nominated by Dr. Wendy Ross of Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon.

BISCOTTI: Biscotti, a 5-year-old, Yorkie/Boston Terrier mix is a goodwill ambassador for the Caregiver Canines Program. Sporting a mohawk, she brightens the lives of seniors who can no longer have pets on their own. Biscotti was nominated by Dr. Lorri Mitchell of the Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood.

CAROL BURROWS: Carol Burrows is the current president of FOCAS, Friends of the County Animal Shelter in Hasbrouck Heights. Her bubbly personality and limitless energy combined with business acumen developed during many years as a corporate marketing executive have allowed her to grow FOCAS to a level of performance unheard of for an animal welfare group. Carol was nominated by Dr. Jose Pla of the Cats Exclusive Veterinary Hospital in Ridgefield.

PATRICK: Quite literally thrown out with the trash, pit mix Patrick refused to give up during an intense fight for his life. He has gone on, not only to thrive but to be the impetus for an animal cruelty law that bears his name. Patrick was nominated by Dr. Kate Palmer of Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls.
The luncheon honoring this year’s inductees will begin at noon on March 9th at the Hamilton Park Conference Center in Florham Park. The event is open to the public and ticket information is available on the Hall of Fame website: www.njvma.org.



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