Your staff have always taken good care of my
dogs. They are always there with answers to my
questions even if it's the middle of the night. I
feel much better about my dog's health knowing Atas.
Pet Center is there.
Sincerely, Kathy Kropp
You are always comprehensive and caring when it
comes to our pets. Everyone in the office makes us
feel like you really care. Thank you.
Staff front and back friendly, professional and
know the answers. The vets and techs likewise are
the very best. I have always been very happy with
how I was treated and how my cats have been treated.
Tonight there was young woman answering the phone. I
believe her name was Holly. I was asking her
questions about a puppy that was brought in by
Denise Frisco. This young woman was so patient,
informative, kind, and courteous despite my
persistent questioning. Finally in a kind way, she
told me that there were people waiting to be seen
and if I could call back in the morning.
young woman's professionalism, calm demeanor, and
sweetness was very refreshing. In the nicest way,
she asked me to call back and explained why.
Pam & I want to say
Thank You very much for the life saving work you did
for our family dog Willie. He is back to 100 percent
and is his old feisty self again. You guys saved his
life, and we are so glad Atascadero Pet Hospital was
there when we needed help. Thanks again.
& Pam Eichenberg & Willie
Thankyou Dr. Matt & staff who were
there on Sunday to take care of my puppy Ricco. He
was a sick little boy. Everyone on call Sunday,
(they know who they are) were compassionate, caring
and professional. I think you all rock! Ricco is up
& running & up to his little puppy tricks! Thanks
Sincerely, Lynn & Ricco Williams
Atascadero Pet Center,
I would like to thank
everyone there, especially Dr. Cherbinsky for taking
such good care of my Border Collie, “Kate”. He saved
her a couple years ago, and I will never forget what
good care she always receives there. Kate is my best
friend, and we have done allot together, not to
mention that everyone loves her. The staff is very
friendly and professional, and deeply cares about
the pets that come in. Thank you for being such a
short drive from Paso Robles; don’t know what SLO
County would do without you!!!
Shiloh, who is 16 1/2, was unable to take more than
2 steps when I got home after work on Friday. We
rushed right over and were squeezed in immediately.
Everyone was sympathetic and helpful with my
distressed husband as well. A shot and some rest and
she was her old self the next day.
brought in Ranger, 15, today for a follow-up blood
test, everyone asked about Shiloh. 3 different
doctors over the last few weeks have either seen
Ranger and/or discussed his lab work and medications
with me and have been wonderful.
with two older dogs who continue to live large,
Atascadero Pet Center is amazing.
I appreciate the kind and professional way the staff
answers my questions over the phone and it is very
is easy to get an appointment. I also like the
veterinarians that work there, such as Dr. Polina
and Dr. David Edsall. They always deal well with my
dogs and cat and don't use drastic measures first
unless it is absolutely necessary. They follow up
with you and seem to take a real interest in our
precious family pets. Thank you all for what you do
Your staff is wonderful. My dog Sophia was having a
fight for her life and I so appreciate the clear
explanations, diagnosis and what I could expect. In
addition I found Dr. Hambright to be a warm
encouraging person who put me at ease and gave me
hope. Thank you all!
|I was very
pleased with the care Apollo received in your
facility. Dr. Polina kept me informed and I felt
reassured and comfortable with Apollo's stay,
unfortunately Apollo doesn't feel the same way,
The staff was friendly and efficient
without making the client feel rushed.
again for caring for Apollo.
LOVE our experiences each and every time. Dr
Schechter is so caring and loving and smart. Don't
know why it took us so long to make the switch. All
of staff is awesome. Thanks for asking.
Thank you for taking care of patch for me. Everyone
is so nice at this place. I felt so reassured
leaving him with you.
Thank you so very much for your professional
assistance for Bonnie Bea. I wouldn't have it any
other way! I feel blessed we found such a kind,
patient, knowledgeable care provider. His extensive
exam, evaluation, explanation of findings , and
options of treatment plans is amazing. The hand outs
he provides to take home and explain to my husband
the findings is appreciated. In addition, following
up on Bonnie's progress by phone , and explaining
results of blood work is reassuring . The convince
of proper nutritional needs and "treats" to purchase
at the Hospital is wonderful. Knowing we have a
current treatment plan for our Bonnie shows us how
we can enhance the quality for our Boston Terrier.
Thank you once again for your 10 stars in excellent
I appreciated that as a "walk in" there was no
problem treating Willie. Since he came to our house
as a feral cat eight years ago and has come a long
way. Therefore we have taken the first opportunity
to put him in the box and bring him to you for
He is a wonderful pet for us and
the two things he won't do is sit in our lap or let
us pick him up. But he loves to sleep with us!
Marilyn and Ross Humphrey
We were in town for the Thanksgiving weekend with
our puppy we had just rescued two days prior at our
local shelter. Our puppy got sick and this was the
only place that was open so we had no choice. The
receptionist was over and beyond friendly and
helpful on the phone. The assistant that brought us
back to the room was very friendly, as well as the
Dr. on staff that day. Turns out our little girl was
suffering from stress and anxiety due to all the new
people and traveling. She is healthy and happy now.
If I ever was down there visiting again and we
needed a vet I would not hesitate to contact them
again. They were AMAZING to us rookies :) Jennifer
Atascadero Pet Hospital is top notch when it comes
to animal care for your pet. They became our vet of
choice after our pug had a massive tumor removed on
Memorial Day. We drove to vets in Morro Bay, Los
Osos, and Arroyo Grande before the vet in Arroyo
Grande referred us to APH to perform the surgery.
Although we live in Bakersfield, we prefer to make
the drive to Atascadero to have both of our dogs
seen by Dr. Matt. Even when they are busy, they do
their best to get you in on the same day. They
really care and have a great friendly staff.
Sept. 18, 2013
Ann R. reviewed your business on
I cannot say enough wonderful things
about this place. THE best care, so professional,
caring, kind..to our dog and to our family. Our dog
was very ill and is now doing just great! I am
especially grateful to Dr. Burke but all the techs,
doctors and front office staff are terrific. We are
very lucky to have such great care available. I
wouldn't dream of taking my pets anywhere else and I
tell everyone I meet how good they are. Thank you so
Thank you so much for your
surgical skill and your support of Bud, and me,
during this past year. If I had the same choices to
make again I wouldn't do a thing differently. He was
a trooper and we are thankful for the past few
months, knowing it was all borrowed time. Last night
it became clear he was not able to get up or stand
after we lifted him up. Your Dad and the tech were
so kind when we brought him back.
gone, the sweetest and kindest dog ever. We will
miss him so.
Thank you for everything,
Karen and Pedro
Vet Center Staff:
Last month we brought our
cat Oso to your hospital. He was very ill, and you
saved him. He is doing great now. He is back to
running the house with an iron paw.
to let you all know how much we appreciate what you
did for him. Oso (and all of our cats) mean
everything to us. He has been with us since he was
just a few days old.
I have attached a
picture of him, he is back to his daily task of
helping me water the yard.
Thank you again,
God Bless you all.
Dr. Polina Vishkautsan & Staff,
wanted to thank you much sooner for your caring and
tenderness towards us and our dear dog, Blue, on May
10, 2013. It has been difficult to finish a thank
you email as it still feels so unreal that he is
gone, and so final.
We miss him so much. We
hope he is in a better place somewhere like Lake
Tahoe where he loved to sit on the porch, swim in
The Lake and chase any critter that moved. We wanted
you to see Blue when he was well & healthy so have
attached a few photos.
Although our visit to
San Luis Obispo was saddened by loosing one of our
family, there must have been a reason we were lead
to your excellent facility with all of your
efficient care, advice and sympathies.
you so much for your kindness.
Greg, Patty, John and Monica Fitch
|Fellow dog and animal lovers,
especially those who consider them family and would
do anything to save them. Atascadero Pet center is
an exceptional facility. I have been a loyal,
grateful customer there for 11 years. Dr. Aaron
Schecter, Dr.Matt Aaronion, Dr. Cherbinsky, Dr.Marby
Hambright and all the vets and staff have saved the
lives of many of my rescued dogs and cats. I want to
share the most recent experience With Dr. Aaron
Schecter and our beloved St. Bernard, Newfoundland,
Holly Holy. My son and I took an 8 hour journey 3
years ago to redeem her from being locked in a muddy
roofless horse corral by herself in the snow. She
has a heart of gold and is my mentor. If I could be
half the lady she is, I would be doing well. I truly
would risk My own life to save her. She became lame
in her hind legs and Dr. Aaron Scecter quickly found
her knees to be misaligned. He recommended T.P.L.O.
surgery to correct them Vets must have special
training for this procedure. I was a bit reluctant
for fear of losing her. I asked Dr.Schecter if she
were his dog would he do the surgery and he said
yes.I trust his opinion because he has performed
successful surgeries on my dogs before. He also
spared me from spending money on unnecessary
treatments in the past. The surgery was a success.I
had to do my part in the recovery process, and she
came through remarkably well. Later her countenance
fell and she appeared weak and lame on all four
legs.She wasn,t eating well and vomited sometimes.I
was dying inside certain I was losing her. Sometimes
I couldn't get her up with two harnesses.I mightily
prayed at least a hundred times for her to be saved.
I was a rubberband by the time I arrived at the Pet
Center. Certain by then I would have to send her to
heaven. I was terrified to get her out of my
suburban it is high and she is huge, I feared she
would collapse and fall.By Gods grace an army of
vets and techs(angels to me)Including Dr. Schecter
and Dr. Aaronion came to carry her out. Within less
than an hour Dr.Schecter was able to diagnose her
with Addisons disease.They kept her one night. I was
able to pick her up the next morning and she looks
and acts like herself.She is being treated and doing
very well. I am eternally grateful to God for
letting us keep her and to Dr. Schecter and every
person that works at the Center for being so
compassionate and hard working.The whole staff is
full of kind,patient animal lovers just like us. God
has His MIGHTY hand over them for sure.I am so
blessed to know them and have them available for my
best friends.Obviously I higly recommend The
Atascadero Pet Center.They have successfully treated
rattlesnake bites,emergency surgeries , broken bones
and many other ailments of my animal friends. My
animals will be happy patients their for the rest of
there days upon the earth.
|You all made a
Thank you for your professional, caring and
compassionate service today. The way you handled our
dog, Corinne’s, case made her inevitable passing
less traumatic for us, and less painful for her.
Especially, the forthright & direct way you
explained her condition and the options.
Your grateful customer,
|Dear Dr. Polina & vet assistants,
Thank you so much for your attention to our elderly
and very challenging cat, Mattie, this week. We know
that you all delivered the very best care and worked
in her & our best interests with compassion for the
owner & pet.
Margot & Eric McDonald
Thank you so much for treating little Hugo’s leg. We
wouldn’t still have him if it wasn’t for you. We
love having him in our lives and hope for many happy
years ahead. He seems to be healing well! Have a
great holiday season!
Katherine & Josh
|Dr. Aaron Schechter & Staff~
I wanted to especially thank you for your honest
opinions and expertise, without that I probably
wouldn’t have had done the surgery on Maddie. You
did a great job and I can’t say thank you enough. I
now get more time with my doggie. I appreciate all
that you and your staff has done for us.
Brandy Morrow & Family
I sincerely thank you for the many hours you spent
really caring for (and about) Heidi….The nice, calm
& loving way you helped her leave our world made it
bearable. I will always remember your kindness and
how much you cared.
Thanks SO MUCH!
Thank you for taking such great care of our Chloe.
She recovered quickly and is our silly little girl
again. Thanks for answering all my questions and
helping me make the choices. You are very kind.
Thank you for the love you gave Angel & the good
service. She’s doing well.
Angel Knorr &
|Dear Drs. Schechter & Hambright,
We cannot express our overwhelming gratitude to you
for saving Lucy’s life! Your diligence for finding a
cure for our puppy’s pneumonia was nothing short of
a miracle. You have made our family very happy! Lucy
is extremely thankful too!
Chris, Alan, Avery, Ethan, Charlotte & Lucy
My name is Melanie Lightfoot and our dog was Daisy
Mae. We had to put her down a couple of weeks ago
after seven months of knowing she had bone cancer.
With medication she was great up until the last 48
hours and then she made it clear to us that is was
her time to go. The staff at Atascadero Pet Hospital
was wonderful in our time of sadness and need.
Losing our fur babies is one of the hardest things
we humans go through. I picked up her ashes
yesterday and staff was once again compassionate and
Thank you for your support in this difficult time.
Melanie and Ashley Lightfoot
|Dear Atascadero Pet Hospital Staff
Late last night our old cat Humprhey had taken a
significant turn for the worse and it was clear he
needed to be put to rest. Thank goodness the
Atascadero Pet Hospital exists, else we would have
to watch our little friend suffer through the night.
When we arrived at the facility, we were greeted by
friendly staff and Dr. Hambright who had previously
seen Humphrey months earlier. It meant the world to
me to hear Dr. Hambright words of wisdom, both the
facts of the situation and her obvious sympathetic
ear. Even during difficult times, you guys and gals
are truly the best and it does make a difference.
Please accept my gratitude for all of the work you
do on behalf of our pets.
Shawn and Melanie Dienhart
|Thank you once
again for all your assistance.
My Banch had
a bad cough at night and now is almost gone, she is
feeling much better and appetite has come back in
full force. We are now out walking and having fun in
the vineyard. Your staff is always awesome, kind, on
top of everything. We love you for all you do in the
pet world...people world too!
Much care and
sincerity sent your way,
Dawney and Kevin Curley
|We wanted to thank all of your
staff for saving our dog Surf! He is completely back
to his old, happy self. My children are so grateful.
-The Mayhew Family
-Gary, Linda & “Rico”! XO
|Dear Pet Center Staff,
I brought Addie into you this morning nearly dead.
You all responded so quickly & professionally and
saved her life. Thank you for treating her and
myself with respect and care. I made you cookies
since that is how I can say thank you. Thank you for all the calls & your care.
Rochelle & Matt Systma
This letter is to express my thanks and gratitude
for the kindness and professionalism that we
experienced recently at your facility.
Our precious little Belle was seen by Dr. Bob on
June 17th  because she was not eating or
responding well after a surgery she had earlier that
week. Dr. Bob was so patient with us as we struggled
with the decision to hospitalize Belle and see if
she would respond to treatment. His level of
knowledge, honesty and professionalism that evening
was very much appreciated.
The following Sunday, on returning to the hospital,
we met with Dr. Cherbinsky. Again his knowledgeable
recommendations added to his level of empathy made
our decision and the process a little easier. He was
very kind and words cannot express how much I
appreciate the manner in which he allowed us to say
our goodbyes. I could never have imagined it would
be such a beautiful day in such a beautiful place.
Please express my heartfelt thank you to Dr. Bob,
Dr. Cherbinsky and the staff at your hospital.
|Atascadero Pet Hospital Doctors &
Just want to thank you for all the wonderful help
you all have given for the care of our pets! Every
time we have needed your help, you have responded
with compassion, professionalism & care. You are the
We can’t thank you enough for the loving care you
gave Bristol and for working with us and all my
phone calls to you during the difficult time of her
failing health. You have a fantastic staff-very kind
and caring. They are all very much appreciated.
Love & Prayers,
Gary & Linda Keltz
|To Dr. Polina, Dr. Bessett and Dr.
Thank you all so much~
For all the loving care you gave to my precious baby
Bradley. Everything is empty without his kisses on
my nose & his soft, soft hair & his warm little body
next to me in bed. I really do believe that he hung
on those two extra weeks for me! Because he didn’t
want to leave me alone. During that time I felt so
at ease, knowing he was being looked after, & more
importantly, genuinely ‘cared for’ with you all.
Thank you for the times you allowed me to visit with
him for many hours sometimes, that helped both of us
I think! You are kind and caring people. Thank you.
Thank you Ahsia and to each and every one of you,
|Pet Center Staff,
Sam was loved and special to us both. Your staff
helped make his passing much more easier for all of
us. Sam is whole & pain free now with all of your
helping hands and big hearts.
God bless every one of you here.
Doreen & Mark Jewell
Just a quick notes to let you know how grateful I am
for you and your staff who treated my dog Markus on
the evening of March 7. Markus was experiencing
Bloat and you prevented a horrible situation from
getting worse. Markus has been fine since then and
back to his wonderful self. Please also thank your
assistant Ashley and another young lady who worked
with you that evening.
To Dr. Bessett and the rest of the doctors and staff at Atascadero Pet Hospital:
You were a huge help to me a year ago and I have not forgotten. I will be forever grateful for your reasonable rates and friendly, professional help with my 12 foster puppies!"
~ Thank you!!
Click here to view the puppies then and now.
In this season of Thanksgiving, my heart is full of
gratitude and joy because of everything you and your
colleagues did to save my dog Bear. “Compassion for
animals is closely connected with character type.
You can say with confidence that he who is kind to
animals is most likely a warmhearted person.”
Thank you! Thank You!
Ann Shaw & Bear