ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Many cats and dogs have come and gone through the Meisels Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park since 1946, with no sign of slowing down after nearly 70 years.
The building itself dates back to 1932 but found its identity when purchased by Dr. Morton Meisels. The hospital's current owner, Dr. Douglas Moldoff, worked with Meisels for 14 years before taking over.
"Having that continuity and same location, I think it speaks for itself," Moldoff said.
Moldoff has been at the hospital for 43 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973 before joining the staff.
Associate doctor Ben Goldstein works with Moldoff along with two more veterinarians plus nine other employees in reception, as technicians and one property manager.
It all started with Meisels, though, who Moldoff said was a great mentor.
"I learned a lot from him about the practice in general," he said. "We had an excellent working relationship."
Meisels graduated from Cornell University in 1944. He retired in 1987 and died in 2001.
The hospital on Broadway sees about 25 to 30 patients a day. About 60 percent of the pets are dogs and 40 percent cats.
Goldstein treats smaller pets like rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.
The office also has two cats who live on the premises.
Barbara Dowling has worked at the hospital for 32 years and said the family atmosphere keeps it going.
"We love animals, and we try to provide that to the clientele that bring their animals here," Dowling said. "We treat them as our family members, because that's how we feel the animals are. They're not just pets, they are our family."
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