This year’s inductees are:
--RIPLEY: Ripley, 9 ½, is a female bloodhound with a long career as a search and rescue dog. Along with assisting local law enforcement, Ripley participates in demonstrations for community service and outreach organizations. Ripley was nominated by Michael Flora and Dr. Carlos Abdul-Chani of Byram Animal Hospital in Stanhope, Sussex County.
--MERRY AND DEAN: Merry, 12, and Dean, 5, are certified therapy cats. This loving pair of domestic shorthair cats work with the therapy group Creature Comforts and visit senior living facilities throughout the state, including The Woodlands Senior Living Center in Plainfield. Merry and Dean were nominated by Christine Clairmont and Dr. Nicole Cilli of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County.
--FORTY-SUE: Abandoned at birth, Forty-Sue, 7 mos., was given a second chance at life after being donated to Future Farmers of America. She is now a part of the family at Phillipsburg High School’s Agricultural Education Program. Forty-Sue was nominated by Greg Babbitt and Dr. Bruce Frey of Alpha Veterinary Care in Alpha, Warren County.
TROOPER: Trooper, a red-tailed hawk, was left with one eye after an injury he received as a young bird. Now, at 22 years-old, Trooper is an integral part of the educational program at the Avian Wildlife Center in Wantage. Trooper was nominated by Giselle Smisko and Dr. Karen Bullock of Wantage Veterinary Hospital in Wantage, Sussex County.
--TYAK: Tyak, 7, is a black Labrador service dog. Tyak assists Bryan Rebimbas, a 14 year-old with cerebral palsy and autism, with daily activities and offers unwavering companionship. Tyak was nominated by Marissa and Anthony Rebimbas and Dr. Charlotte Read-Kydd of Flemington Veterinary Hospital in Flemington, Hunterdon County.
The Animal Hall of Fame was established by the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association to publicly celebrate the human-animal bond. Over 100 animals, including dogs, cats, horses and birds have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The luncheon honoring this year’s inductees will begin at noon on Sun., March 13 at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in Florham Park.
The event is open to the public and ticket information is available at www.njvma.org/animal-hall-of-fame/.