SOURCE: Ardmore Animal Hospital

September 27, 2011 07:00 ET

Ardmore Animal Hospital Vet Supports Philadelphia Non-Profit Pals for Life

ARDMORE, PA--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - Ardmore vet Dr. Tam Mengine announced that she and her Siberian Husky, Oz, are actively involved in the non-profit organization Pals for Life. Pals for Life is Philadelphia's largest non-profit pet therapy group, which coordinates visits between volunteer pets and individuals in need of the joy, comfort and unconditional love that a pet brings. With Dr. Mengine's assistance, Oz visits nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and children's programs. Dr. Mengine is a veterinarian at Ardmore Animal Hospital. The veterinary clinic serves the Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Radnor and Gladwyne pet communities.

Dr. Tam Mengine, a veterinarian with Ardmore Animal Hospital, is actively involved in the non-profit organization Pals for Life. Pals for Life is Philadelphia's largest non-profit pet therapy group. Each year, the group makes over 700 visits to 70 different facilities, bringing joy, comfort and unconditional love to those who need it most.

Dr. Mengine supports the non-profit's mission by taking her Siberian Husky, Oz, to regular pet therapy sessions, visiting nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and children's programs. Oz even provides much-needed stress relief to students on local college campuses during final exams week.

"Pals for Life is an amazing program that connects loving pets with individuals who truly need the affection and unconditional love of a pet, but for various reasons, are unable to have a pet of their own," said Dr. Mengine. "When I first adopted Oz, I realized that his natural love and exuberance at meeting new people would be the perfect fit for this important program."

While many of the pets involved in Pals for Life are cats and dogs, the program also includes guinea pigs, rabbits and a miniature horse. Pets must be up to date on all vaccinations and pass a training test to ensure that they will be suitable for pet therapy visits. Volunteers who do not have a pet but would like to participate in the program can also do so by borrowing pets from local animal shelters. This opportunity also helps to connect homeless pets with new homes.

"As soon as we arrive at one of our therapy session, Oz runs down the hallway, filled with unbridled enthusiasm and affection," said Dr. Mengine. "Oz truly loves these visits, and I strongly encourage all pet owners to consider volunteering their pet with for Pals for Life."

When Dr. Mengine is not taking Oz on his regular pet therapy visits, the vet is caring for animals at the Ardmore Animal Hospital. The veterinary hospital provides routine wellness care and emergency care services for dogs, cats and pocket pets.

Ardmore Animal Hospital is AAHA (American Animal Hospital Accredited) and has received the "Best of the Main Line" award for nine years in a row. The award recognizes the veterinary hospital's commitment to providing quality, compassionate pet care.

Interested pet owners who have a pet that they think would make a great addition to the Pals for Life pet therapy team can talk to Dr. Mengine at Ardmore Animal Hospital or visit www.palsforlife.org.

Pet owners who would like to learn more Ardmore Animal Hospital can visit the veterinary hospital's website, http://ardmoreah.com.

Contact Information

  • Ardmore Animal Hospital
    Ardmore, PA
    1-888-667-5235