Very Sad News from AtlasVet


A reader passes on from AtlasVet:

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of an AtlasVet family member. Dr. Keith de la Cruz died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this week. Dr. de la Cruz was with AtlasVet for almost 3 years. Prior to that he was part of the Caring Hands family of clinics. Dr. de la Cruz was a client and staff favorite, our moral and medical compass, and a compassionate and dedicated veterinarian. His wisdom made us smarter and his quirky, dry sense of humor picked us up. He was loved and will be terribly missed. (We will relay information about services as they become available.)”

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  • He was our vet. This is so sad. He was a really kind and caring vet.

  • Keith was one of the kindest, gentlest, ablest people I’ve ever met. He had a rare gift for working in animal care, and I feel very fortunate that our paths crossed.

  • Heartbreaking, he touched so many people and animals. He was truly gifted. So, so sad for his family and loved ones.

  • We started seeing Dr. de la Cruz when my partner and I got our first dog together seven months ago. Even in that short time and with just a few visits, it was clear that he was a compassionate vet and human being, as well as a source of great knowledge and calm when we, as new dog owners, were anything but…and our dog absolutely loved him. What a loss.

  • This is terrible news my dog is just a puppy, but he was are vet and was a nice guy and great with my rambunctious puppy. I must say, having used virtually every vet in the city over the years, Atlas is by far my favorite, great people and service

  • The fact that Atlas Vet closed for a couple of days due to his death is a testament to the type of place it is: a community, and not just a business. My heart goes out to all of Dr. de la Cruz’s colleagues.

  • I Dont Get It

    Never met him but I’m touched by the comments here.

  • Sincere condolences to Keith’s family and friends- in his personal life and at Atlas. He was a phenomenal person and vet. I know it is Atlas practice, but I loved how he would walk in the room, sit on the carpet and put his hand out for my cat to get a feel for him. Then he would spend time talking to me about how she is doing, all the while coaxing her to be comfortable. He cared about his patients- not what he could sell or charge, but about them as animals with their own fears and personalities, and he cared that their humans were comfortable and well informed. I have been to a lot of vets over the years- and Dr. de la Cruz was by far my favorite. He will be missed.

  • So sad to report that it seems Dr. de la Cruz took his life on Monday. (

    He was our vet and he was truly a kind and gentle soul.

    • This is such a tragic loss. He was a wonderful and caring vet, and my heart aches for his family and friends.

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