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Dog Gets Lucky at Larchmont Animal Hospital Open House

LARCHMONT, N.Y. – For a black Labrador named Lucky, the spring open house at the Larchmont Animal Hospital on Thursday was very lucky indeed because he was adopted into a new home.

For children from the nursery school next door and nearby families, it was an opportunity to stroll through the facility to meet the veterinarians, specialists and staff while enjoying snacks and mock surgery demonstrations.

“We’re excited. We knew we were ready, and we wanted a rescue dog. So I called ahead, was told about the open house and decided to stop by,” said Marian Hassenfratz of Mamaroneck, as she and her son received instructions on Lucky’s care.

Her son, Kevin Hassenfratz, beamed as he held Lucky’s leash. Lucky was the last of five dogs up for adoption whose owner died a few months ago after enlisting the hospital to find them new homes.

The event at the 70-year-old business on Palmer Avenue attracted longtime customers, neighbors and passers-by. People asked about the hospital’s services and got tips on animal health care and nutrition while enjoying giveaways, cupcakes, popcorn and lemonade. The center provides complete health care for cats, dogs and small pets such as guinea pigs and ferrets, including preventative care, aging issues and weight management, said hospital manager Amanda Jenkins. The veterinarians also make house calls, Jenkins said.

“It’s a very good place,” said Frank Veteri of New Rochelle, who has been bringing his 11-year-old rescue dog Poochie for medical services, grooming and boarding for more than six years. “They give him a lot of love and personal, family-type care.”

“It looks like a really nice place, and I would definitely bring our pet here when we get one,” Jemmie Dolan said as she visited with her two small children. She said her family had recently moved here and had been curious about the animal hospital next to her children’s nursery school.

The event included a raffle for several prizes, including a house visit for skittish pets, pet food and an iPod to raise funds for supplies for military working dogs such as cooling vests and ear and paw protection that are not provided by the Army.

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