2014 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees
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 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.
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, a 5-year-old, Yorkie/Boston Terrier mix is a goodwill ambassador for the Caregiver's Canine 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.
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.
Carol Burrows is 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 a county shelter. Carol was nominated by Dr. Jose Pla of the Cats Exclusive Veterinary Hospital in Ridgefield.