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CUVS Celebrates Pets Who Survived the Odds

Third Courageous Companions event celebrates hope

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 21, 2015 At 10:17 PM

It was a celebration Saturday as veterinarians reunited with about 20 of their former furry patients who fought against various injuries, ailments and diseases and survived. 

"A lot of these animals have spent a long time in the hospital and we get very attached to them, so it's nice to see them again," said Susan Hackner, Chief Medical Officer and COO at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists.

Dog and cat owners joined together with their pets at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists' third annual Courageous Companions celebration, where veterinarians and staff recognized each animal with a medal.   

"We've shared so many stressful times, it's great to share the happy times," said CUVS client services manager Charistiana Campos.

CUVS is specialty and 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital located on Canal Street in Stamford. 

"A lot of these pet owners, the families have been extremely grateful to us, this is our opportunity to be grateful to them, to thank them for the opportunity to remind ourselves why we do what we do," said Susan Hackner, Chief Medical Officer and COO at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists.  

Some of the animals here have beat the odds and overcome cancer, like Gizmo. 

"They found a mass tumor on her neck," said pet owner Kimberly Cardona-Smith. "So she had cancer and Dr. Oliver Morgan took care of her cancer, so she's been here a lot."  

And others dogs like Jasper prove urgent emergency care from experienced veterinarians was the only thing that kept him alive.  

"Right after the first of the year, we let the dog out late at night to do his final business and he was attacked by coyotes in our backyard," said Betsy Bennett, Darien resident. "He was pretty well-chewed up, broke many of his ribs on either side and he had some large punctured wounds." 

"We deal with very sick and injured pets a lot," said Hackner. "There's a fair amount of work for everyone, there's a lot of heartbreak for everyone and it's great to remind ourselves why we do what we do."  

Staff at the hospital say the most rewarding part of their job is seeing each animal return home fully recovered.  

"It's very rewarding for us when they do actually end up going home and we do see the pets, not in that stressful environment, not in that moments of crisis where we're kind of relying on each other and it's really nice to see them again," said CUVS client services manager Christiana Campos.


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