First Veterinary Hospital Caring Exclusively For Birds & Exotic Animals Opens In Bedford Hills

First Veterinary Hospital Caring Exclusively For Birds & Exotic Animals Opens In Bedford Hills

The Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics–the first and only veterinary hospital caring exclusively for birds and other exotic animals in Westchester has opened in Bedford Hills, NY. Dr. Hess, the Veterinary Center’s owner and board-certified bird specialist, is one of about 130 bird specialists in the world and has 16 years of experience in caring for these special pets.

The Veterinary Center does not treat dogs or cats but specializes in the treatment of birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, prairie dogs, smaller rodents (rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, degus), reptiles, amphibians, and less commonly seen exotic species such as wallabies, kinkajous, fennec foxes, and opossums.

“Too many exotic pet owners mistakenly think that they should take their exotic pets to the veterinarian only if they are sick. In fact, many exotic species are prey animals which means they tend to hide their illness until they are very ill, or they would get eaten in the wild,” said Hess.

In addition to preventative medical care, the Veterinary Center offers complete medical and surgical care for these special pets, including surgery, dental care, grooming, boarding, geriatric care, emergency services, and behavior counseling.

For more information visit, or call 914-864-1414.


Adopt-A-Dog Hosts Bets For Pets Casino Night

Adopt-A-Dog, a non-profit rescue, shelter and adoption organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for adoptable dogs and cats, is hosting Bets for Pets Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m., Sat., April 17.

The event is a FUN-raising evening of games of chance, wining and dining, magic and dancing to benefit the organization. Raffle prizes will be awarded. The special guest host is Bill Evans, Channel 7 meteorologist.

Bets for Pets will be held at the Coveleigh Club in Rye, N.Y. Tickets are $100 and are available at, by calling 203-637-7456, or by e-mailing


The Elmsford Animal Shelter

The Elmsford Animal Shelter is the largest no-kill shelter in the tri-state area. For the past 75 years they have been saving the lives of every animal that lands on their doorstep–either by chance or owner surrender. Their policy has always been “open door” and, for many of their residents, they were the last resort. Many of them find new, loving homes. The rest find permanent sanctuary with us as their caretakers.

At present, Elmsford is home to some 300 dogs, 500 cats, assorted rabbits, and an occasional ferret or two. The cost of running their shelter is almost $100,000 a month. Since they are a non-profit and, therefore, receive no government funding, they rely solely on public donations. But, over the years, as their costs have increased and the economy has taken a downward turn, the donations have fallen off substantially. Because this has the potential to affect what they’ve pledged to do, we are asking friends and the community to spread the word. If every animal lover helps to support the shelter through this difficult time, it will continue serving as before.

To make a donation, please visit You can also call or drop by 7 days a week. The phone number is 914-592-7334 and they’re located at 100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford,. They hope to see you at an upcoming event:

  • Pet Smart Adoption Weekend, Portchester, in April
  • Meeting Professionals Int’l Auction and Fundraiser, April 12, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Luncheon and Fundraiser at Rye Town Hilton, June 12, 11:30a.m.-3p.m.
  • Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Adoption Day, in June

Also, look forward to seeing AMC movie theater ads featuring the Elmsford Shelter! And finally, check them out on Facebook and You Tube!


You & Your Canine Partner

The American Kennel Club, Inc recently announced acceptance of Mixed-Breeds along with Pure-Bred dogs at some of their Agility, Obedience and Rally trials held in conjunction with AKC dog shows held after April 1st. Mixed-Breeds can now earn and receive the coveted AKC Obedience, Rally and Agility titles along with certificates. Many exhibitors of Pure-Bred dogs have owned and adopted Mixed-Breeds. Now their Best Pal and canine companion can compete at the AKC shows in the Performance Events rather than remaining at home.

Mixed-Breed dogs that have obtained an AKC Canine Partner Listing will be permitted to enter at the annual Greenwich Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials to be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Norwalk, CT. This is one of the first All-Breed shows in the region to allow Mixed-Breeds to compete directly with Pure-Bred dogs in their Obedience and Rally classes. All entries close May 26th. For further information contact Joy Brewster at 203-426-2881;; Greenwich Kennel Club Show:



Big Band Event To Help The Yonkers Animal Shelter

The Yonkers Shelter is in desperate need of a new building, and we have held concerts, formal dinners and a golf outing to achieve the necessary funds.

On Friday, April 23, there will be a ‘Spring Dance’ Big Band event to benefit the new Yonkers Animal Shelter at the Riverview Restaurant and Caterers, One Warburton Avenue, 7:30-11 p.m. Hot buffet, silent auction, many other activities. Contact Dr. Kay Pistone-Carucci, Co-Chair, 914- 395-1777, for more information.

Visit for information about Building Hope Committee, New Yonkers Animal Shelter. They also have a need for more volunteers.


SPCA Dog Walk & Pet Fair!

The SPCA of Westchester Charity Dog Walk & Pet Fair will be held on Saturday, May 1st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. There is a $20 registration fee; $35 families of 2 or more; Kids under 12 enter & walk Free!

Help save the life of a homeless animal by joining us for the best event of the year! You can even register online and collect pledges! First, you’ll high-tail it with your best buddy on 2 mile walk. Then enjoy live music by 100.7 WHUD, fabulous food & refreshments, games and crafts for the kids and shopping in our vendor village! For more information contact or


Animal Specialty Center…

…Dr. Janson M. Berg To Be Honored

Animal Specialty Center co-founder, Dr. Jason M. Berg, will be honored at the Wags & Whiskers Annual Fundraising Gala hosted by Cat Assistance of Ardsley and Pet Adoption League of Yonkers on Friday, April 16, at the Coveleigh Club in Rye, New York.

“We’ve chosen to honor Dr. Berg because of his outstanding veterinary skill when it comes to quick diagnosis and effective treatment of some of our most difficult medical and surgical cases,” said Sarah Hart, President of Cat Assistance, a non-profit rescue group. “He has saved or enhanced the lives of so many pets as a result of his dedication and commitment to animal health and well being.”

Wags & Whiskers kicks off at 7:00 p.m. The $75.00 per person ticket fee includes dinner, dessert, wine, silent auction and raffle prizes. For more information about the fundraising event contact Sarah Hart at 914-667-7877 or email


…Launches Pet Loss Support Group

As pet owners themselves, those at Animal Specialty Center recognize that facing the loss of a pet can be emotionally devastating. To provide pet owners with the help, support and counseling they need to better cope and manage through these very difficult periods they offer a no-cost ASC Pet Loss Support Group, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The support group sessions are open to the general public.

They are delighted that Laurie Sine, well-known for her exemplary work as moderator of pet loss support groups will be facilitating the sessions at the hospital. For further information about attending ASC Pet Loss Support Group sessions contact ASC at 914-457-4000. If you plan to attend, you are encouraged to bring a photo and/or memento of your pet to the group. They ask referring veterinarians to pass this information along to their clients so that they may attend.