2016 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees
Ripley, 9 ½, is a female bloodhound with a long career as a search and rescue dog. Along with assisting local law enforcement, Ripley participates in demonstrations for community service and outreach organizations. Ripley was nominated by Michael Flora and Dr. Carlos Abdul-Chani of Byram Animal Hospital in Stanhope, NJ.
Merry and Dean
Merry, 12, and Dean, 5, are certified therapy cats. This loving pair of domestic shorthair cats work with the therapy group Creature Comforts and visit senior living facilities throughout the state, including The Woodlands Senior Living Center in Plainfield, NJ. Merry and Dean were nominated by Christine Clairmont and Dr. Nicole Cilli of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ.
Abandoned at birth, Forty-Sue, 7 mos., was given a second chance at life after being donated to Future Farmers of America. She is now a part of the family at Phillipsburg High School’s Agricultural Education Program. Forty-Sue was nominated by Greg Babbitt and Dr. Bruce Frey of Alpha Veterinary Care in Alpha, NJ.
Trooper, a red-tailed hawk, was left with one eye after an injury he received as a young bird. Now, at 22 years-old, Trooper is an integral part of the educational program at the Avian Wildlife Center in Wantage, NJ. Trooper was nominated by Giselle Smisko and Dr. Karen Bullock of Wantage Veterinary Hospital in Wantage, NJ.
Tyak, 7, is a black Labrador service dog. Tyak assists Bryan Rebimbas, a 14 year-old with cerebral palsy and autism, with daily activities and offers unwavering companionship. Tyak was nominated by Marissa and Anthony Rebimbas and Dr. Charlotte Read-Kydd of Flemington Veterinary Hospital in Flemington, NJ.