Shelter Dogs, Children & Green Chimneys

Shelter Dogs, Children & Green Chimneys

The youth of Green Chimneys’ renowned therapeutic day school and residential treatment center have begun the new year with a brand new experience in animal interaction.

Through a partnership with Animals for Adoption dog shelter and All About Dogs, Inc. training center in New York City, Green Chimneys students are now playing an important role to support the adoption of shelter dogs, working with experienced trainers and shelter professionals to help prepare rescued dogs for loving homes.

Dogs have long been a part of Green Chimneys’ array of animal-assisted activities for children who experience a range of social, emotional and behavioral challenges. They are present in the campus community through an established dog program in which staff members’ own dogs may qualify and come to work as a therapeutic partner in occupational therapy; vocational training; clinical support; or simply for companionship when needed.

In the new program, students are involved in the actual care and training of carefully selected rescued dogs to help them become accustomed to human interaction, learn basic commands and become ready for adoption.

The program will a valuable experience for Green Chimneys students of all ages and diagnoses, helping them to learn the importance of upholding a commitment, particularly one as significant as caring for a living creature. “Because they are working with the dog to improve its adoptability, students will feel a deep sense of responsibility for the success of his/her dog,” says Maureen Doherty, coordinator of the program. “The motivation to help their dog learn skills inspires a struggling child to communicate better, trust more, and behave in positive and appropriate ways.”

These lessons help students not only in training the dog, but also in their interaction with peers, teachers and family.


Bay Shore Students Learn At Doggie U K9 Academy!

Doggie U K9 Academy recently opened their doors to the Bay Shore High School for a field trip for the school’s Special Education students. Twelve students spent part of their day at Doggie U observing the dog agility class and got to watch the dogs do a full run through of the course. There were many questions from the students to Doggie U’s trainers like: how they got the dogs to do each specific task; how they train them to go jump through hoops; go through the course and many more.

“It was a great day at Doggie U where we could demonstrate to the high school students that even dogs and handlers can have a difficult time learning, but with persistence and practice they do succeed,” said co-owner Ginny Anziani of Doggie U K9 Academy. “We had a lot of fun teaching the kids, about how dogs learn and interact with their handlers and look forward to having the students back again.”

This was the second time the Bay Shore High School came to Doggie U K9 Academy as of one of the many ways Doggie U is pro-active in the community. To find out more or how your organization can get involved, contact Doggie U at 631-968-7972.

About Doggie U K9 Academy: Doggie U K9 Academy located in Bay Shore, N.Y. is a state of the art Canine Training Facility for Long Island. Doggie U is a 13,000-square feet of fully matted facility with anti-grip and impact footing matting.


The Cat Doctor

T he Cat Doctor, at 2221 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, is now open! Marielle Penyy, DVM is looking forward to treating their neighborhood of feline friends. States Dr. Penyy, “We are committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality veterinary attention with an emphasis on exceptional client service and compassionate care. Because this is a cat-only facility, rest assured that we maintain a quiet and comfortable environment, minimizing any stress.” This is the fourth location for the hospitals that can be called at 1-800-301-VETS that include Garden City Park, New Hyde Park and Mineola Animal Hospitals.


Kent Animal Shelter

Kent Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help in their Cattery! Do you love animals? Do you enjoy helping others? Would you love to own a pet but can’t? Do you have even just a couple of hours a week to spare?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, come meet their new Cattery Manager, Kim Russell and find out how you can make a difference in an animal’s life!

Visit the Kent Animal Shelter Kitty Kottage located at 2259 River Road, Calverton, NY 11933, 631-727-5731,


Long Island Kennel Club

The Long Island Kennel Club show date is Sunday, May 18, at the Planting Fields Arboretum, Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay.


Pet Super Adoptions

Best Friends Pet Super Adoptions are coming this spring. Hundreds of adorable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and bunnies will be available for adoption from local shelters and rescue groups. It will be held April 25 — 27 at Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave, White Plains, New York 10606. Hours: Friday 11 a.m. — 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. — 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

It’s a cooperative effort where shelters and rescue groups come together in a free, fun, festival-like atmosphere to find homes for hundreds of animals during one exciting weekend. It’s a fun way to meet a huge variety of adoptable animals in a celebratory setting.

Each participating rescue group and shelter at the event will have their own adoption application, interview process, and adoption fees. Adoption fees help cover costs like spay/neuter and updated vaccinations, as well as any critical medical costs. So if you might adopt an animal–and they hope you will–they recommend coming prepared with a valid form of identification, payment method, and ideally a letter of permission/reference from your landlord if you rent your home. Please note that all of the shelters and many of the participating groups offer same-day adoptions; however, some groups require home checks as part of their application process.

About 700 adoptable animals from 30 shelters and rescue groups are expected at this free event. Adoption fees start at $50 and include spay/neuter, vaccinations, and an adoption starter kit. To sign up to volunteer, email


Garden City Park Animal Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Steiger was part of a select group of veterinarians involved in a canine dermatologic study program where she received advanced training on Apoquel. Apoquel is a safe new therapeutic which provides dogs with fast itch and inflammation relief commonly associated with allergic skin disease.

Comments Dr. Steiger, “We are so excited to be among the first veterinarians to have a new tool to help our patients suffering with atopy. Now that Aqoquel is on the market, we have a novel drug at our disposal to help itchy pets. ”

Dr. Steiger is an ambassador for the drug and is educating other vets on Long Island about its use. A Magna Cum Laude member of the National Honor Society, she is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has special interests in Dermatology and Stem Cell Therapy. For more visit


Central Veterinary Associates Urges the Public to Be

Conscientious of Their Pets’ Dental Health

Millions of pet owners may notice their pet’s dirty teeth or bad breath while playing and petting them, and typically do not take these issues too seriously. However, what many dog and cat owners may not realize is that poor oral care can affect a pet’s overall health. Central Veterinary Associates wants you to recognize the importance of regular dental check ups by ensuring that your pet receives appropriate dental care–it could end up saving their life.

Poor dental hygiene ultimately affects a pet’s internal organs. If plaque builds up over time, it turns into tartar, which impacts areas of the mouth that can “seed” to other parts of the body.

Tartar can also cause periodontal disease, which is an oral condition that affects the gums. It eventually results in the loss of teeth, along with extreme pain. Often, by the time dogs and cats reach their third birthday, 80% of them are diagnosed with some form of dental disease, according to recent studies.

If you notice a drastic change in the scent of your dog’s breath, it is crucial to bring them in for a full dental exam. An annual dental exam is recommended for all pets.

Another way to improve pets’ dental health is by brushing their teeth. Since dogs and cats do not “swish and spit” toothpaste on command, it is vital that you buy pet-approved toothpaste because it contains enzymes that break down plaque.

Make sure to brush your pet’s teeth daily to prevent dental diseases, plaque, and bad breath.

“Throughout my time as a veterinarian, I’ve had to discuss the importance of good dental hygiene with pet owners,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Owners do not realize the long-term hazards they may bring upon their pet if they do not take the time to properly care for their teeth, gums, and breath.

Owners should consider visiting their vet for a full pet dental exam to better understand how dental health affects overall health.”

Central Veterinary Associates’ Valley Stream office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Central Veterinary Associates at 516-825-3066 or visit


New Trainer/New Business,

Happy Tail & Trails

Awish to care for dogs started early in Alex Himel’s life. He walked shelter dogs after school at the local animal league. During high school and college, Alex worked at the local Vet ofice helping with kennel work and assisting the in the examining room. He was a boy scout in Port Washingtonand his Eagle Scout project consisted of creating posters for The Pet Savers F oundation promoting the need for the spaying and neutering of strays and pets. He created a poster campaign all over Nassau County.

After graduating from LIU, Alex decided to put his affinity for dogs into a career and became a Certified Dog Trainer and studied with a Master Dog Trainer at the Canine Academy of Dog Training. There was a requirment of 100 hours of internship before graduation.

Now years later, he is a seasoned trainer with an enthusiastic following and fine references. He has a sensitive and patient personality and helps dogs become integrated family members.”

For more about Happy Trails and Tails call Alex at 516-767-0747.


Classic Car Show & Adoption Fair

Bideawee and NY AutoFest are hosting a Classic Car Show and Adoption Fair at the Adoption Center at Bideawee in Westhampton on Sunday, May 18 from 9am-4pm.

Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Customs, Classics and Bideawee adoptable animals will all be on display at Bideawee’s 150 acre campus at 118 Old Country Road, Westhampton, NY 11977. Enjoy the show of more than 50 cars and visit our Adoption Center where Bideawee experts will help find you the right pet to match your lifestyle.The event is free for all spectators with food, music, vendors and activities for the entire family. Well behaved pets are welcome.

As a highlight during this event, all dogs spayed/neutered and up-to-date on their vaccinations will have full access to the Dog Park at Bideawee.The car show will be judged by attendees who will vote on their favorites in several categories.

For more information on the event or animals for adoption, please and


April Is National Heartworm Awareness Month

The future is bright and let’s help her out… contact us at

I am an avid reader of the Pet Gazette and I am 15 years old. I am the founder and president of Wags 4 Hope, a non-profit organization, aimed to spreading heartworm disease awareness, and help shelter animals’ until they find their forever homes.

I have spread awareness to all 50 states, the United Kingdom, West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Please visit my website at to learn more about my story and my efforts.

I would be so honored if can you can help me reach as many people as I can about this horrific disease and share my story about Teddy (In fact, a painting of my dog Teddy will be given to the Mayo clinc this spring for their new cancerwing) to help educate pet owners about this disease and how easily it can be prevented. April is National Heartworm Disease Awareness Month and it would be an incredible time to take action. –Annie B.