2012 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees
Sammy is a Redtick-coonhound mix that has a very special gift. With the help of his owner Nancy Turner of Somerset, he has gone from being a Mississippi stray to an award winning therapy dog in just a few short years. One touch of his silky smooth coat leaves the young patients he visits feeling more at ease. Sammy was nominated by Mrs. Turner and Dr. Lyndon Goldsmith of Park Veterinary Clinic in Highland Park.
Madison and Angelina
Cats Madison and Angelina, along with their owners Bill and Margaret Edwards of Summit, make regular visits to the VA Hospital in Lyons as well as area nursing homes. The cats offer a type of comfort that humans or even the most modern of technologies can not provide. Madison and Angelina were nominated by Bill and Margaret Edwards and Dr. Karin Johanson of Three Rivers Holistic Veterinary Services in Madison.
Fred is an important member of the staff at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Mays Landing. He wears many hats – greeter, comforter and comedian. His personality is so infectious, people and pets often stop by just to visit with Fred. He was nominated by Heather Wilson and Dr. Suzanna Brown of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Mays Landing.
With a resume that includes a Westminster Best in Show award and an AKC ACE award, you would think this bull terrier named Rufus would have a big head, and he does. But it’s all part of the charm that makes him an absolute hit wherever he goes on his therapy visits. Rufus was nominated by Barbara Bishop and Dr. Tracie Glicker of Raintree Animal Hospital in Freehold.
Kim Kilmer & Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary
Kim Kilmer and her organization, Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary, do an amazing job placing unwanted senior dachshunds into loving forever homes. The sanctuary has placed over 100 dachshunds since it was founded in 2006. In all cases, without Kim’s help, these dachshunds would have been left with very few, if any, options. Kim and Schultz Senior Dachshund Sanctuary were nominated by the Wimsey Family and Dr. Chadd Tindall of Mobile Veterinary Services in Stockton.
Special Recognition: Memphis
A posthumous award was given to Memphis, a German Shepherd who regretfully lost his battle to cancer. As a Police Canine Officer, Memphis conducted hundreds of narcotic searches, has made four subject apprehensions, has located two suicidal subjects before they were able to do harm, and has assisted in countless arrests.