Section: Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice News

Calling All Canines for “Hop over October” on 4/28


Event flyer (pdf)

Essex County, NJ –Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center will hold Hop over October, a community event, on Sunday, April 28, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will fund the Paws for Patients (PFP) canine therapy program Barnabas Health Hospice offers free of charge to patients.

Last year Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the fifth annual “October Tails,” event, the signature fundraiser for the Paws for Patients program. Hop over October, a special spring-themed event, has been created to help support the mission of providing canine pet therapy to hospice patients of all ages.

The event sponsor for Hop over October is the Animal Emergency and Referral Associates and the Animal Eye Center of New Jersey. Additional sponsors include West Caldwell Animal Hospital, Garden State Eldercare, Verona and Montclair Animal Hospitals; Regal Bank, and Evercare Veterinary Crematory Services.

The event, to be held at Degnan Field in West Orange, will feature:

  • A spring-themed costume contest for dogs. For a chance to win, dress your pooch pal as a bunny, flower, bumble bee, butterfly, chick, lamb, robin, carrot or asparagus stalk.
  • A scavenger hunt for children
  • Prizes and gifts

Registration is not required. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family. There is no rain date. For more information, please visit and choose “Hop Over October” on the main page or call 973-322-4800.

Save the Date: The 5th Annual October Tails Halloween-themed costume contest for dogs will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Verona Park, Verona, NJ. Check for future updates and registration information.

About Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center
The health care team at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center has been privileged to serve more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. Specially trained experts in end-of-life care are honored to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. Our programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family, while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health. For more information, please visit

About Animal Emergency Referral Associates and Animal Eye Center of New Jersey
For more than 30 years, AERA and the AEC of New Jersey have been considered by pet owners and family veterinarians to be at the forefront of emergency and specialty care in the Northern NJ area. Every day its compassionate team of specialists, veterinarians and staff put their extensive knowledge, experience and skill along with their love and devotion to animals to work so you can feel confident your pet will receive the most comprehensive range of care available. AERA and AEC stand alongside your family veterinarian to provide your pet with cutting edge diagnostic and medical/surgical treatments, and are dedicated to supporting you in caring for your cherished companion. For more information about AERA or AEC of New Jersey, please call 973-788-0500 or visit

Date: March 11, 2013

Contact: Lisa Tortorello
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Categories: Hospice,Press Releases