Making a Difference

Part of our mission at Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital is to create a loving sanctuary for pets and the people who love them. It’s what we work towards every day within our hospital, but it’s also something we believe should extend beyond the walls of our facility. Scroll down to learn more about what we’re doing to help pets in our community!

The Cat Sanctuary

Dr. Pat McSweeney and Mrs. Beverly McSweeney have built a sanctuary for cats in their own property. It’s a second house on their land where abandoned cats roam, play, and are cared for. And while some of these wonderful felines are adopted by caring families, others become permanent fixtures of the McSweeney household. If you’re lucky, you might even see one at the hospital!


Our Underdogs are the incredible canines who we have found after they have been abandoned. We give them love, care, companionship, and they are currently thriving at our hospital. You’re likely to meet a few of them during your visit with us!

Beyond Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Dr. McSweeney ventured out to rescue clients’ animals on a boat that is now retired and symbolically tied to the railing in front of the practice. Days were spent looking for pets, reuniting them with their families and then heading out to search for more. Katrina hit Dr. McSweeney and Beverly, too—they were left homeless and spent their nights on the hospital floor along with their family pets and the approximately 30 cats from their sanctuary. You can read more about the McSweeneys’ post-Katrina efforts here.