Johnny Carson DVDs to Benefit Pet Health Center

The late Johnny Carson's second wife, Joanne Carson, will donate some proceeds from “The Johnny Carson Show” DVD box set to Hemopet's Animal Restore Health Center.

Posted: March 26, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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Some proceeds from the sale of “The Johnny Carson Show” DVD box set will benefit a new pet health facility. (Photo courtesy of NBC)

The late Johnny Carson’s second wife, Joanne Carson, will donate a portion of the proceeds from the recently-released “The Johnny Carson Show” DVD box set to help build a new pet health facility. The center will be a short-term rehabilitation facility for cats and other animals that are recovering from disease, major surgery or abusive situations.

The proposed project is the brainchild of W. Jean Dodds, DVM, who is also the president of Hemopet, a canine blood bank. “Dr. Dodds is a close friend who, like me, has a deep love for the health and well-being of animals, especially family pets,” Carson said. “This exciting facility will accommodate the recovery needs of pets and the needs of their caregivers.”

When completed, the center will complement Hemopet’s current blood bank program with a broader range of veterinary services. “For cats, we will offer full service medical and surgical care for pets recovering from illness, surgery and trauma, plus alternative methodologies, such as acupuncture, chiropractic services, nutritional and herbal therapy, physiotherapy, aromatherapy and the like,” Dodds said.

The two-acre center also will offer a pet ambulance pick-up service. “Further, we will provide a nursing service to visit the homes once the animal leaves the facility, to take care of any ongoing needs,” Dodds said.

The center will be part of the Hemopet Center for Greyhound Rescue and Pet Recovery program. It also will have rooms for educating veterinarians and the public about pet health and care.

Dodds plans to begin construction on the new facility once she has raised the first $2 million of the estimated $10 million needed to complete the project.

“The Johnny Carson Show” features 10 half-hour episodes of the 1955-56 early sketch programs that would become material for his skits on “The Tonight Show.”

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Sandy    Medford, NJ

3/26/2007 11:40:02 PM

How very heartwarming of Joanne Carson to donate a portion of the proceeds from Johnny's DVD's, to these animals in need. I remember Joanne was always a part of helping animals....this is not the first time she has opened her heart to the animals. Thank you Joanne, for caring.

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