Summit Cats Who Visit VA Hospital Among Inductees To NJVMA Animal Hall Of Fame

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HILLSBOROUGH – A pair of cats capable of warming the hearts of even the toughest war veterans are among this year’s inductees into the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association’s (NJVMA) Animal Hall of Fame.

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.

A rescued dog that helps to calm and comfort young patients, a stray cat who runs a veterinary office, a former Westminster Best in Show winner that uses his celebrity for good rather than reality TV, and a dachshund lover who has made it her mission to rescue and relocate geriatric dachshunds will also be honored on March 4.

The luncheon honoring this year’s inductees will begin at noon 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: http://njvma.org/animalhalloffame.aspx

“Animals are a special part of our everyday lives. The NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame gives all animal lovers a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of the human-animal bond. This year’s ceremony will highlight and acknowledge those animals and people and the exceptional contributions they’ve made,” explained Dr. Peter Falk, Chair of the Animal Hall of Fame Committee.

This year’s other Hall of Fame inductees include:

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.

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 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. Chad Tindall of Mobile Veterinary Services in Stockton.

The Animal Hall of Fame was established by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association to publicly celebrate the human-animal bond. Over 80 animals, including dogs, cats, horses and birds have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Visit the Hall of Fame page at http://njvma.org/animalhalloffame.aspx for more details including video footage of past award winners.


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