I received the news of Dr. Z's passing only today, and it made me so terribly sad. Dr. Z took care of our Maltese, Bart, from when he was a pup of 7 months, until age 13 years, when Dr. Z helped us let go of him forever. I will remember Dr. Z's kindness, and his humor, and his expertise. Every time we saw him, I felt that Bart was, and we were, in good hands with Dr. Z, and I will remember him always.
Dr. Z gave me my first job. I worked for him for three years and he was the best boss ever. He taught me so much. treated me like a man. He was a great man and I will never forget him.
Our Sympathies! Iris & Mark Rutkoski
When I first moved to NYC, I was sitting in a restaurant on the UWS chatting on the phone with a friend about needing to find a new vet for my 2 cocker spaniels. A fellow sitting at a table ahead of me turned and said "I can refer you to the most amazing vet". As it turned out, he was just that. He saved my service dog's life more than once and treated us with the utmost understanding and care. I had to leave NYC for a few months and just returned recently. I found his obituary and just wanted to thank his family for providing me the opportunity to honor him on this guest book.
I just discovered today, that Harold passed away in October. He saw me through four dogs, treating them and me like a member of his family. Harold was always there for me, any day of the week, any time of the day or night. Frequently he would even take my dog to his apartment, if I couldn't manage to pick him up during office hours. I will miss his wonderful stories, and our fascinating conversations on current events. Such a kind, caring man who's loss is so deeply felt. Condolences to Dorothy and the entire family. He was one of a kind, and will be sorely missed.
Dr. Zweighaft will always hold a special place in my heart. I started with him in 1985 and he held my hand right through my last cat who lived to age 19. Dr. Z had a special sense, and even spoke lovingly (and sometimes even sang) to my senior pets when they had already gone stone deaf. Boarded all of them, bottle fed half of them, and treated my like family for 25 years. I love you Dr. Z. The world was a better place with you in it and you will be sorely missed.
I was so sad to learn of Dr. Zweighaft's passing. He was such a wonderful person and compassionate and caring vet. My sincere sympathy to his family & many friends. Rest in Peace Doctor. You will be missed.
I was so sorry to learn that dear Dr. Zweighaft had passed. My deepest condolences to his family and vast circle of friends. He was our Vet for so many years. His patience and compassion, particularly for the many beloved pets he cared for, was greatly admired and appreciated.
Catherine Harding, NYC
I am so sad to hear that Dr. Zweighaft has gone over the rainbow bridge. I figured it out when I was calling for a refill prescription and he did not return my call, I knew there was something wrong and I did my research. Dr. Z had been a caring vet to my pets for over 20 years, he would see me in the middle of the night with emergencies and always took the best of care. He sometimes cured my babies and sometimes they breathed their last breath in his office but I always knew he did everything he could with care and compassion. He was more than a Dr. he was a friend and my family and I will miss him greatly.
My family and I are very sorry to hear about Harpld's death. He took wonderful care of our dogs (and us) for many years.
Dr. Zweighaft knew my first cat before I did, and cared not only for all my childhood pets, but subsequently my own animals, and my sister's. Dr. Zweighaft was one of my favorite people in this world, and he will be deeply missed.
we love dr. zwieghaft he has been my vet to beloved, nathalie, petey and lester for over 20 Years. He will be in our hearts forever.
We first met Dr. Z more than 17 years ago when our family adopted a Golden Retriever. He has been our family vet ever since. He retired briefly, but when we received the card in the mail that "man makes plans and God laughs" we were thrilled to return to him. He was a mensch in every sense of the word. And a man of science. When he learned of our son's science project he graciously offered us some supplies (to help culture bacteria!) and followed up to learn how the project turned out. There was always such a sense of gentle curiosity about him. He was the first person I knew with an e-book reader. It was easier to carry the large library he wanted to take on vacation with him. Dr. Z was the most caring man and our whole family will miss him.
I am very saddened by Hal's passing: I met him first years ago as we both were members of the Advisory Council to Cornell's veterinary school and I always saw him as a superb mentor and colleague who provided me with support in my role as a lobbyist with the AVMA on the topics of animal welfare. Although Hal did not always share my views, he remained a staunch supporter and a wonderful friend for the 3 decades in which I was privileged to know him. My sympathies go out to his family, of whom he was enormously proud and fond.
Dear David and family,
Though I never met your father, I now regret not having done so since he was a veterinarian with a big heart -- animal lovers tend to understand other animal lovers.
May you be comforted in his memory and many good works. Nice to know he was also a Cornell alumnus-- I got my MS and PhD there in 1970 and 1976/
I was always impressed by Dr. Zweighaft's commitment to organized veterinary medicine. He was a champion of the profession and will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family
I believe I first met Harold while serving as a deputy examiner for the Board for Veterinary Medicine. Over the intervening years our paths crossed at New York State Veterinary Society meetings and Cornell events. He always impressed me with his wisdom and humanity. The world is truly diminished by his passing.
My wife and I extend our heartfelt condolences.
He was a GREAT man. He will be missed. My condolences to Mrs. Zweighaft and family.
Ii was a surprise to me when a very dapper gentleman approached me at the last station of the NYS Veterinary Licensing exam and asked my name as he extended his hand.
I was exhausted after the full day of testing but was honored to be approached. We shook hands and I introduced myself. He asked where I was working. At the time I was blessed to be working under the mentorship of Dr. Art Kronfeld. Dr. Zweighaft and I began a long friendship and professional relationship.He was an inspiring member of that group put me on the path of serving my profession on the regional and state levels. In 1997 I moved into NYC and became a neighbor as well. We would stop to chat on Columbus Ave and 86th St. over the next decade.
Dr. Z was a natural leader and fine gentleman. Truly, I am saddened by his loss and send condolences to his family.
It's the end of an era.
May he rest in peace.
Harold's warm spirit and his caring for the pets and their families whom he served so faithfully and lovingly will always be his greatest testament for the veterinary profession. We will miss him. Love to Dorothy and the family.