A new client just sent us an incredibly nice email and we wanted to share it: “My Maltese dog Izzie became ill and was suffering and no longer eating or walking. Her vet was unable to find what was wrong. I was emotionally and financially drained and my son recommended that I take her to Dr. Sarsfield. I was surprised when I called on Sat. morning and was offered an appt. within 2 hrs. Dr. Sarsfield was very professional and compassionate and he immediately diagnosed her problem with her spine and prescribed her steroids and muscle relaxants and she is eating and walking again! More importantly was the personal care that we rec’d. by a personal follow-up call from Dr. S. on a Sunday! Also, I have invested so much money on this rescue dog that I have had for almost a yr. and did not know how I could spend anymore money on this dog and thought my only option was to put her down and not have her suffering, but I was so happy that the bill was very reasonable, and I will recommend Dr. S. to all of my friends and co-workers. Thank you so much for helping Izzie from being in so much pain. She is such a lovable little dog and I have grown to love her and could not imagine how I was going to be without her. Thank you so much Dr. Sarsfield and Dauphin County Animal Hospital. Robin & Izzie”
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Kelly does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in Hershey, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 26 years Where did you go to school? Hershey High School then Harcum College for Veterinary Technology Describe your role in the area pet community? I find homes for most of the kittens that are dropped off at my boarding stable and take care of the ones that stay. They are like my own cats. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? The caring staff and our work with Castaway Critters What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I haven’t done anything recently, but would like to use my Charity Day to help out CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association) At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? In elementary school when my mother realized I was spending my allowance feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I didn’t have any pets as a child because I grew up in an apartment, but after college and marriage I have had many cats: Abby, Harry, Katie, Fred, and Alfred all who lived to be 18-21 years old. My first horse Satch who I had for 21 years and lived to be 29 years. I now have 2 cats -Savannah (10 years) and O’Malley (4 years) and a new Arabian horse Ladda (18 years). What kind of food do you feed your pets? My cats are on Hill’s Prescription Y/D because Savannah is hyperthyroid and O’Malley also is fed Hill’s C/D. I only discovered that Savannah was hyperthyroid while doing wellness blood work since she wasn’t showing any signs of illness yet. What is your favorite movie? “The Mummy” with Brendan Fraser What kind of music do you like? Classic rock – I grew up in the 70’s What was the last book that you read? A James Patterson novel What is your favorite TV show? I love “Everybody Loves Raymond” re-runs and True Blood on HBO Where was your last vacation? Williamsburg, VA. We also go to Disney World at least once a year. What is your favorite restaurant? Dafno’s and Devon Seafood If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? James Herriot (if he was still alive) Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I spend most of my free time riding and caring for my horse and I love to travel with my husband of 27 years. I was a competitor on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in 2000 when Regis was still hosting. It was a once in a lifetime adventure.
Susquehanna Service Dogs breeds, raises and trains service dogs to assist individuals with disabilities. They train service, hearing, balance and companion dogs. Keystone Therapy Dogs, a program of Susquehanna Service Dogs, works with children in Capital Area Head Start and children with autism, and visits the antepartum and psychiatric units at Pinnacle Health. They have an amazing website so to learn more about Susquehanna Service Dogs, go to: http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/default.php
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. There are many great assistance dog organizations and companies in the area including: www.k94life.org . To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: www.assistancedogweek.org
We are currently seeking a full-time veterinary technician to join our team. Certification is preferred, but not required. However, experience working as a technician in a veterinary hospital is required. We pride ourselves by striving to offer a welcoming environment for our staff to enable the absolute highest standard of care for our patients. We offer competitive benefits and we continue to grow as a hospital. Please email your resume to email@example.com if you would like to learn more.
Next week we’ll be running a multitude of stories about International Assistance Dog Week and assistance dog organizations in our area. In the spirit of the Olympics, we just saw this video and we decided to share it with you. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18832930 Friends Wendy Morrell and Karen Ruddlesden, from Dorset, nominated each other as torchbearers and they were both accepted. Wendy sustained a head injury in a sporting accident and uses a wheelchair, while Karen has Addison’s disease, sometimes referred to as a hidden disability. Both are strong advocates for assistance dogs, saying their dogs Udo and Coco have changed their lives. They carried the flame on Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony: Wendy in Upton and Karen in Poole.
On July 23rd we wrote a story about an amazing rescue effort in our community. On Saturday, July 21st Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 31 puppy mill dogs – one was slipped in for good measure! We were only expecting 30. We now need to make up for the rather large vet bill that comes with a rescue of this size. Bill Forgy is championing a subs, kaiser and pretzel sandwich sale. Orders are due August 12 and delivery date is August 21. If you can help sell or would like to order, email bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just one small way you can help even if you can’t afford to donate! To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to www.castawaycritters.org
On Saturday, Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 30 puppy mill dogs that are being turned over by a kennel owner. The breed types include Pomeranian, Shih Tzu and Poodle. Most of the dogs are 5 to 6 years old. Many have had limited human contact and they all lived most of their lives in chicken style pens. They have been forced to undergo years of breeding. Project Liberty will provide these dogs with a chance for adoption into a loving home. Castaway Critters biggest need to provide these pups with a new chance at life is foster homes! If you can open your heart and home to a puppy mill dog, please apply online today at www.castawaycritters.org. They will supply all supplies and veterinary care! Please contact family and friends and help them get the word out! Castaway Critter is also requesting donations of dog food, crates, carriers and other supplies for these dogs. Good used and new items can be donated by emailing them at email@example.com. All the dogs will be vetted and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these cute dogs, please apply on our website. Because these dogs have been neglected, there will be veterinary issues that are expensive! If you would like to make a donation to help these dogs, please go www.castawaycritters.org or mail your donation to P.O. Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Leslie does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in the Harrisburg area. Lived the majority of my childhood in Colonial Park Area How long have you been at AHDC? I’ve worked at AHDC since I was in high school. I did kennel work while in high school and TA when I was in college. So, about twenty years total. (14yrs as full time technician.) Where did you go to school? Wilson College in Chambersburg Describe your role in the area pet community? I am a certified veterinary technician. My role in the community is to improve pet lives through quality nursing when they are in our care. Helping animals live longer, happier lives is my goal. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? Our hospital focuses on preventative medicine. This is important because we catch disease sooner when there is a better prognosis thus lengthening the lives of the pets in our community. Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I was lucky enough to have a community day which I participated in a Castaway Critters spay/neuter clinic. We spayed/neutered about 115 stray cats. We also rabies vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated them all for fleas/ticks/ear mites. This greatly helps the community cut down on unwanted stray cats. It also keeps contagious feline diseases more under control with less feral cats around. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? As a child, I would always pretend to be a dog or cat. Most little girls play dress up and love to be princesses or ballerinas. (Not me) List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I had a sheltie named “Shep” as a child and a cat named “Gerry”. My mom and dad divorced when I was 3yrs old so my dad had a doberman named “Max”. My mom then acquired 16 cats while I was in high school and college because everyone would drop them off in our yard knowing we would take care of them. Luckily, my mom was able to spay and neuter them all or we would have had too many to mention. My first dog was when I was in college. She was a stray that I found that was hit by a car on Linglestown road. I put flyers out but no one claimed her so I kept her. She was a great dog and lived to be about 19yrs old. My current animals are: my favorite cat, a himalayan named “Bozo”, a beagle/bassett hound named “Chase”, and two DSH cats named “Diva” and “Dash”. My animals are always pets that were strays or rescues. What kind of food do you feed your pets? My himalayan is almost 17yrs old so he is currently on a prescription diet called K/D. My other animals are young & healthy and are on Purina ProPlan What is your favorite movie? I have a three year old daughter so I don’t get to see many movies anymore. My favorite right now is the Hangover. I thought that was hilarious. What kind of music do you like? My favorite music is really a variety. I like some hip/hop and R&B but also like country and classic rock (hair bands of the 80/90’s). What was the last book that you read? Once again, (Have a 3yr old) so the last book I read was “The Bourne Identity”. What is your favorite TV show? I still love Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy. Where was your last vacation? The Outer Banks. What is your favorite restaurant? I really like Texas Roadhouse and Macaroni Grill. If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? I would love to meet an Olympic gymnast. I love gymnastics and was a gymnast for 20 years. Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I love being outdoors especially in the Caribbean. I am a certified scuba diver and love the water and all the animals in it. It’s a whole other world under there!