2012-12-07 / Columnists

The Veterinary Corner

Commentary By Jay Rogoff And Allan Simon, DVM

Our hearts go out to all the people who were affected by Sandy and their pets that lost so much. The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways was also severely affected by the recent disaster that devastated our area but we are continuing to serve the community we are so proud to be a part of. One question we are frequently asked is, were any pets at the hospital injured or lost due to the flood? Thankfully due to the efforts of Dr. Rogoff and Margaret Duffy no pets were ever in danger. Some pets went home with our staff, while others went to the Patricia Ladew Cat Shelter run by our own Dr. Susan Whittred. The animals that needed hospitalization we brought to Blue Pearl Veterinary Center in Forest Hills. All were safely evacuated.

From day one the doctors, staff and many volunteers have worked tirelessly to quickly reopen. Over the weeks the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways has given out several tons of free dog food, cat food, cat litter and pet supplies. We have also distributed clothing and food for the victims of Sandy. We post on the animal hospital facebook page as well as on Help The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways facebook page when we are getting a delivery so that anyone who is in need can come over.

Fortunately we were able to retrieve our computer records and are working on restoring our backup paper files. We are at the hospital for questions and as an outpatient clinic Monday to Saturday from 10-2. Our telephone is once again working so if you have a question or need to see us call 718-474-0500 and if that does not work try our cell phone at 347- 210-3119. If we can we will even do house calls if needed. Clients, friends and groups from East Hampton, Manhattan, Sleepy Hollow and numerous other places have given generously to help us rebuild. This money will be well spent since all of our equipment and supplies were lost. We have begun to replace everything and are on the way to being the full service hospital that took care of the pets on the peninsula. All the doctors are donating their time and one has volunteered at the emergency centers set up to house homeless pets. The response of the local community to our efforts has been overwhelming; many have come by to thank us for helping and providing free food for all pets for the past month. They also encourage us by saying that the reopening of the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways will uplift the business and local community. Both Dr Simon and Dr Rogoff are involved with the Rebuilding of the Rockaways organization. Folks have asked us, why don't you just retire? Our answer is that Rockaway has supported us for over 35 years we want to give back. We are not going to abandon Rockaway or even leave town. We are proud to say we are part of this amazing community. Things will get better. Having deep roots in Rockaway we are optimistic that it will return to its pre-flood condition. The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways will continue to do everything possible to support the community and we once again be the only full service Animal Hospital on the Rockaway peninsula.

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