• ADOPT ME? Roxanne (aka Roxi) is Casual & Mellow & Needs a Home
    February 22, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Roxanne, who goes by the nickname Roxi, is a friendly, casual kind of gal with a super mellow disposition. Roxi is hoping to reach all your bulldog-loving friends. She’s around 10 years old and …comes to us from a life where she spent a lot of time wandering around on her own (though she did
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  • ADOPT ME? Skinny Marie overcame SEVERE Neglect
    February 16, 2015, 9:16 pm

    With the new year comes new challenges and more animals who desperately need help. It didn’t take very long for the SPCA of Westchester’s first case of severe neglect to appear when a beautiful, but extremely mistreated and emaciated dog was brought to them by animal control. She could barely walk she was so dehydrated,
    Read more…

  • NEW HOME FOR SHERMAN! — At Pets Alive Middletown
    February 6, 2015, 2:04 am

    You may remember Sherman for his starring role in a news story for NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER for the SPCA of Westchester back in October or this video on youtube. Or maybe from many of the Adopt Me? posts on The Tortorella Foundation’s Facebook site (click here to reach our Facebook site).  Sherman is taking THE
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  • ADOPT ME? Horatio Loves To Cuddle
    February 6, 2015, 1:45 am

    Horatio is a 7-year-old guy that came to the Pets Alive from a shelter where he didn’t have a lot of interaction with people for over a year. As a result of this, Horatio…io takes his time getting to know someone new and can seem shy. This guy really loves to cuddle though, and once
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Tino is Cute, Smart & Ready for A New Home!
    February 2, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Tino-this adorable, petite pitbull mix is the perfect mix of cute and smart! He is between 1-2 years old and although energetic, he is also very intelligent and has such a sweet disposition. He came to the SPCA of Westchester as a stray, very skinny and neglected but they’ve now gotten him to a good,
    Read more…

  • 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

NEW HOME FOR SHERMAN! — At Pets Alive Middletown

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You may remember Sherman for his starring role in a news story for NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER for the SPCA of Westchester back in October or this video on youtube. Or maybe from many of the Adopt Me? posts on The Tortorella Foundation’s Facebook site (click here to reach our Facebook site).  Sherman is taking THE NEXT STEP toward his forever home.

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It’s not a permanent home, but Sherman was moved to PETS ALIVE in Middletown (an animal sanctuary) where he has his own shelter and fenced “yard” to play in until he finds his forever home. The Tortorella Foundation designated funds to Pets Alive Middletown for one of two shelters, including the one where Sherman now resides until his family finds him.

“Anything that helps improve a dog’s chances of being adopted is near to my heart,” said Debbie Slottko Pesola, a volunteer for Pet’s Alive in Middletown about the donated shelters. “I had heard these ‘sheds’ were coming and I was excited. But when I saw them tonight … I realized that they were so much nicer than anything I could have imagined. They are amazing!!!”

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Like many dogs who end up in shelters, Sherman has had trouble really letting his true colors show when people come to visit. He lived at the SPCA of Westchester for more than a year, where he made huge leaps in social interaction, and before that was at a different shelter.

Sherman made great strides in the SPCA  The Way Home Program and was welcomed into Pets Alive to take the next step toward 10936541_10204566720342498_12783254_o
finding a forever home. They, too, have trainers who specialize in “hard to place” dogs with one-on-one attention and love to hopefully get them ready for their forever home.

SHERMAN is perfect for just this kind of attention and will hopefully find the right family for him when he is able to leave “shelter” life behind him and put his best paw forward.

For application to adopt Sherman, visit www.petsalive.org/adoptadog.html

 

 

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? Roxanne (aka Roxi) is Casual & Mellow & Needs a Home
    February 22, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Roxanne, who goes by the nickname Roxi, is a friendly, casual kind of gal with a super mellow disposition. Roxi is hoping to reach all your bulldog-loving friends. She’s around 10 years old and …comes to us from a life where she spent a lot of time wandering around on her own (though she did
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Skinny Marie overcame SEVERE Neglect
    February 16, 2015, 9:16 pm

    With the new year comes new challenges and more animals who desperately need help. It didn’t take very long for the SPCA of Westchester’s first case of severe neglect to appear when a beautiful, but extremely mistreated and emaciated dog was brought to them by animal control. She could barely walk she was so dehydrated,
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Horatio Loves To Cuddle
    February 6, 2015, 1:45 am

    Horatio is a 7-year-old guy that came to the Pets Alive from a shelter where he didn’t have a lot of interaction with people for over a year. As a result of this, Horatio…io takes his time getting to know someone new and can seem shy. This guy really loves to cuddle though, and once
    Read more…

  • ADOPT ME? Tino is Cute, Smart & Ready for A New Home!
    February 2, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Tino-this adorable, petite pitbull mix is the perfect mix of cute and smart! He is between 1-2 years old and although energetic, he is also very intelligent and has such a sweet disposition. He came to the SPCA of Westchester as a stray, very skinny and neglected but they’ve now gotten him to a good,
    Read more…

News & Events

  • NEW HOME FOR SHERMAN! — At Pets Alive Middletown
    February 6, 2015, 2:04 am

    You may remember Sherman for his starring role in a news story for NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER for the SPCA of Westchester back in October or this video on youtube. Or maybe from many of the Adopt Me? posts on The Tortorella Foundation’s Facebook site (click here to reach our Facebook site).  Sherman is taking THE
    Read more…

  • 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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  • 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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