• HAPPY TAILS! Andre (Now Whiskey) Is Making Himself At Home
    January 29, 2015, 1:56 am

    Whiskey (formerly known as Andre at the SPCA of Westchester) was adopted last month! Whiskey was a participant in The Way Home Program that is supported by the Tortorellas. Here he is with his new family! Whiskey’s new family says they are so happy with Whiskey’s progress. He no longer jumps on people and has
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  • ADOPT ME? Unique-Looking Vespa Is Looking for a Quiet Home
    January 27, 2015, 2:10 am

    Vespa is a unique looking, 7-year-old shar pei mix has been waiting 3 long years to find her forever home. Typical to the breed she tends to have her few humans that she is very loyal too and becomes attached. She is weary of strangers but gets better and better each day with meeting new
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  • ADOPT ME? Sadie Loves People … Maybe you will love her?
    January 14, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Sadie is a gorgeous, senior pitbull/shepherd mix loves people! She does a happy dance every time she sees someone she knows or is meeting someone new-she just loves everyone! Sadly she was in a home for quite some time and was returned  when the owner’s found out they were having a baby. Sadie hasn’t been
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  • ADOPT ME? Young Pitbull, Sweet as HONEY!
    January 4, 2015, 3:08 am

    Honey is a beautiful, young pit bull mix and is as sweet as honey! But really, her name is the best way to describe her personality as she is just the sweetest girl you could ever meet! She is a young gal and so far has been great with everyone she has met at the
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  • ADOPT ME? Sly is Easy Going But Still Energetic!
    December 22, 2014, 5:01 am

    And we have Sly, a unique looking bull terrier/pitbull mix, who is also around 2 years old. His ears are just too cute and his facial expressions are priceless. He came in as a stray to the SPCA of Westchester and has quickly become a volunteer favorite because he is so sweet and easy going. Sly
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  • Benjamin Learns To Respect All Living Things – Even Bugs!
    November 25, 2013, 10:16 pm

  • Hard Work Pays Off In Tickets For Rocky
    November 10, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Tickets For Rocky was written about Christine Tortorella’s twin sisters who worked hard to earn raffle tickets to win a pony.It was adapted from a true story. Having a dream is important, but working toward that dream is what builds character, whether children achieve those dreams or not!  

  • Annie & Little One Go To Preschool In North Carolina!
    June 29, 2013, 11:29 pm

    Christine Tortorella’s niece, Kristin, visited a preschool in Apex, North Carolina and read to each of the preschool classes (2s, 3s, 4s and 5s!). The 5s class were the first class to hear Annie & Little One and was excited to share what made each of them different and special. Then, the kids stood up
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  • My True Story About Bullying
    December 9, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I am Kristin Wilson, mother of two girls (a toddler and a preschooler), and a children’s book author working through the publishing process. I was not what you would call popular in school. In elementary and middle school I suffered from acne and a number of other unfortunate issues. And I was terribly self conscious.
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  • Stubby Gets a Boo Boo!
    December 6, 2012, 11:50 am

Featured Story

Tortorellas Help Pets Alive of Middletown

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The Tortorella Family and foundation are supporters of Pets Alive of Middletown.

Over the years at Pets Alive in Middletown, NY, hundreds of animals who were never given a fair chance before having been paired with forever fosters, who are able to ensure they will live out the rest of their lives happy and cared for. The animals who remain at

One of the many special animals at Pets Alive.

One of the many special animals at Pets Alive.

this “no kill” facility are given enrichment and love that will help them someday find a forever home. Pets Alive continues to rescue dogs, cats and rabbits locally and from kill shelters around the country where they are working towards becoming no-kill themselves.

Pets Alive strives to help the animals who come into its care and also provide resources to other shelters who want the same for every companion animal — a loving, caring home.

“This work would not be possible without our generous donors, like the Tortorella Foundation, whose support allows our mission to continue and thrive,” said Melissa Stone, Development Director for Pets Alive Middletown. “Their support has gone directly to the training/behavioral rehabilitation for dogs who would have little to no other option in traditional shelters. Not only have they been instrumental in bringing these special case dogs to our sanctuary but they have also financially supported the training needs of these pups.”

Lenox is a very special dog to the Tortorellas and one of the many Pets Alive success stories. His story is coming soon!

To learn more about the adoptable pets at Pets Alive Middletown, visit their website at petsalivewest.org/index.php/pets-for-adoption or click here to donate to Pets Alive of Middletown.

 

Power Plays

  • Tortorellas Receive SPCA Award!
    November 12, 2014, 8:16 pm

    John & Christine Tortorella were honored for their work with the SPCA of Westchester at the Tops Hats and Cocktails Gala in October 2014. Click here for more information.

  • SPCA to Honor the Tortorellas
    August 5, 2014, 1:17 am

    The Tortorella’s are to receive the John W Beach Memorial Award at the SPCA of Westchester’s Top Hat and Cocktails Gala on Friday, October 17 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, NY. According to the SPCA website, “John and Christine have funded a special program at the SPCA of Westchester to supply specific training
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  • Coach Torts Supports SPCA via National Cupcake Day
    May 16, 2014, 7:28 pm

    Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella took part in National Cupcake Day in support of the SPCA. After all the cupcakes were devoured and the money counted, $2,016 was raised in support of the SPCA. Click Here for more information.

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  • ADOPT ME? Unique-Looking Vespa Is Looking for a Quiet Home
    January 27, 2015, 2:10 am

    Vespa is a unique looking, 7-year-old shar pei mix has been waiting 3 long years to find her forever home. Typical to the breed she tends to have her few humans that she is very loyal too and becomes attached. She is weary of strangers but gets better and better each day with meeting new
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Sadie Loves People … Maybe you will love her?
    January 14, 2015, 1:23 pm

    Sadie is a gorgeous, senior pitbull/shepherd mix loves people! She does a happy dance every time she sees someone she knows or is meeting someone new-she just loves everyone! Sadly she was in a home for quite some time and was returned  when the owner’s found out they were having a baby. Sadie hasn’t been
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Young Pitbull, Sweet as HONEY!
    January 4, 2015, 3:08 am

    Honey is a beautiful, young pit bull mix and is as sweet as honey! But really, her name is the best way to describe her personality as she is just the sweetest girl you could ever meet! She is a young gal and so far has been great with everyone she has met at the
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Sly is Easy Going But Still Energetic!
    December 22, 2014, 5:01 am

    And we have Sly, a unique looking bull terrier/pitbull mix, who is also around 2 years old. His ears are just too cute and his facial expressions are priceless. He came in as a stray to the SPCA of Westchester and has quickly become a volunteer favorite because he is so sweet and easy going. Sly
    Read more…

News & Events

  • This photo was taken by wildlife  photographer Doug Rodda, who donated several prints for the SPCA of Westchester

    Doug Rodda Contributes His Gifts!
    November 3, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Doug Rodda, wildlife photographer, contributed several prints to the SPCA of Westchester for its 2014 Top Hats and Cocktails Gala in October. This prints brought in more than $3,000 for the SPCA! The Tortorellas would like to personally thank Mr. Rodda, and his wife Sharon (who had the prints framed), for their generous contribution. For
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  • What Exactly is “The Way Home?”
    October 17, 2014, 3:56 pm

    The SPCA of Westchester’s The Way Home Program concentrates on enrichment and training for dogs that may have a harder time finding a forever home, with the ultimate goal of decreasing the average length of stay for long term dogs. Any dog that spends longer than 2 months in shelter care will be served by
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  • Ella Enchanted (formerly Dominique) is already gaining weight and making strides in her recovery. So far she is very loving and is warming up to people!

    “Enchanted” Dog Gets a New Name & A Fresh Start!
    October 9, 2014, 6:30 am

      The Tortorella family regularly sponsors vetting and more for dogs and cats in need of medical care, safe crates, toys, blankets and more. The month of September was no different. The Tortorellas, via the foundation, could not their backs on Dominique, an emaciated dog who was abused and was saved from a Harnett County
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  • Mommy’s Turn to Choose: Interrupting Chicken
    December 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, was a book recommended to me by my daughter’s preschool teacher.  The kids love this book and ask for it regularly as it is pretty funny and easy for the kids to memorize it and squeal along with it as I read. My sister-in-law, a special education teacher, said
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