Boris is a 2-year-old Terrier mix boy and is off-the-charts friendly and equally smart. He’s got puppy dog eyes that will melt your heart! Boris is not a fan of other dogs, so he’d like to be your one and only. And he’s a big guy, so bigger kids around 16 and older would be a good fit for him. To learn more or to go meet Boris or e-mail the SPCA of Westchester at email@example.com.
Boris is a part of the Tortorella Foundation sponsored “The Way Home” program. Boris and all of the SPCA of Westchester’s animals can be seen at www.spca914.org and the SPCA of Westchester is located in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
SPCA of Westchester’s “The Way Home,” funded by the Tortorella Foundation, provides special training and abundant TLC to shelter dogs who require extra time to learn the skills and behaviors they’ll need in a forever home. For More Information about the SPCA of Westchester, visit www.spca914.org
Suruluna – Saving the Hearts and Lives of Rescued Dogs offers homeless dogs a loving environment, rehabilitation and training that other shelters and rescues cannot provide. To Learn More visit www.suruluna.org
Dogs Playing for Life – A unique program that trains shelter staff and volunteers how to use dogs’ natural love of play to accurately evaluate them and enrich their lives. For more information, visit dogsplayingforlife.com
AmberLynn was pulled from a rural NC shelter in February by Juliet’s House rescue. AmberLynn has had major health issues and several times she stopped eating or would vomit each time she ate. She drank a lot of water, then usually threw that up. She would sporadically be lethargic and seemed to be in pain when trying to get up. On May 11, 2016 AmberLynn was taken to Greensboro Veterinary Hospital for tests and stayed overnight. Radiographs were done and showed a foreign object in her abdomen (possibly a small nail). A Greensboro Vet recommended an ultrasound, which was done at Happy Tails Vet in Greensboro. After a slew of tests, including one for breast cancer, and throwing up bile,
AmberLynn went to Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary NC. There she was diagnosed with diabetes and pancreatitis, and started on insulin. AmberLynn’s bill at VSH was $2,753.60 plus her previous testing.
And there are more costs coming. The Tortorella Foundation agreed to pay $50 a month for the next six months to help with her insulin and diabetes-related medical costs. To help contribute to pay off AmberLynn’s medical bills you may make a donation to The Tortorella Foundation’s paypal or directly to Juliet’s House at firstname.lastname@example.org … please note that you would like the money to go to AmberLynn, if you so choose.
Adopt Me animal rescue is not afraid to take sick animals, aging animals, injured animals or animals located halfway across the country! In fact, on a gloomy Tuesday in February, Adopt Me Animal Rescue out of Wisconsin cleared out a rural North Carolina high-kill shelter with the help of local volunteers and fosters. No dogs would die that day on their watch.
So when they came to The Tortorella Foundation requesting help with their “intake facility” — aka a large, uninsulated garage in Wisconsin — the foundation jumped at the chance to help. TFF paid for the insulation and related materials, installation (the part that didn’t require lots of volunteers) in addition to the paneling to eventually make the facility more finished.
In one weekend, Adopt Me’s volunteers did the bulk of
the work & the facility was warm for their next intake — that large group of dogs from NC that was saved in February.
The garage is insulated and almost finished with the new walls and it has already provided far more warmth than Adopt Me has had on intake and adoption days.
“It is amazing. It was so nice to have all the room and it is keeping the heat in so well!” said Adopt Me Animal Rescue founder Anne Shapiro.
The Tortorella Foundation would like to thank Animal Life Inc for rescuing two severely neglected dogs from a horrible situation in Harnett County, NC.
Pictured are Willie, a puppy with a severely injured leg, possibly mange and worms, and his mother. It is thought the puppy may have been hit by a car and did not receive any medical attention from his previous owners. Willie & his mom, Eden, were rescued by Animal Life Rescue (in North Carolina) and a slew of animal lovers who came together to save these two dogs. Eden and Willie were quickly taken to the vet, where Willie was diagnosed with a dislocated elbow and broken leg. His injuries, at this time, aren’t surgical — but he may lose his leg if he continues to struggle with it in 6 months. Within a week both Eden and Willie have started to gain wait, relax a little and start their medical treatments. Both dogs tested negative for heart worm!
The Tortorellas agreed to sponsor much of the vet care, including emergency vet care if it is needed, through our program Bear’s Angels … the Tortorellas would like to personally thank Bryan Rouse, Winnie Paul, Toby Leone and anyone who helped get these dogs to safety.
If you would like to contribute to help Willie & his mother’s vet care, please visit www.animallifeinc.com/donate.html … make a paypal donation to email@example.com (Please earmark Willie).
Eden is still in need of a foster as she is currently in a short-term foster situation. Please contact Animal Life Rescue if you are interested in fostering this wonderful dog. She is estimated to be 1-2 years old, is heart worm negative and has shown absolutely no signs of aggression to date.
UPDATE: Willie has been adopted! He is a foster failure. Eden is healthy and looking gorgeous and is working with a trainer to prepare her for being around other animals, as she was likely kept outside on a chain for most of her 5-6 years. Below are some updated photos of these beautiful angels.
Over the years, the John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation for Giving Back have supported a variety of programs and organizations that enrich and protect the lives of others. At the basis of everything we do is our passion for humanity – for animals, people and our environment.
We are pleased to support a new life skills enrichment program for youth, Train Up First (TUF). Through instructional video and workbook, TUF creates a foundation for learning by teaching the basic academic and life skills needed for personal and lifelong success. Whether learning about values, self-control, integrity, commitment, responsibility and empathy for others; or about the core principles of goal setting, time management and organizational skills, TUF strengthens the personal well being of youth.
Through a matching lead grant donation, the Foundation will provide this “life changing” program to close to 3,300+ underserved youth in Title 1 Schools and youth agency programs located in Tampa Bay and Foundation-supported communities over the next 12 – 18 months.
In addition, the Foundation is pleased to underwrite the adaptation of Train Up First Life Skills Courses to curriculum designed specifically for a female audience. It is well known that girls and boys experience different challenges and adversity throughout youth. As a result of the Foundation’s support, Train Up First has been able to work directly with USA Women’s Hockey 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Anne Schleper in adapting existing courses for a female audience and curriculum.
Using sports as a platform for learning, TUF trainers and spokespersons include some of our country’s greatest male and female amateur and professional athletes. Click here for more information!
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 more information on this talented artist, visit www.tdroddaphoto.com. The Tortorellas would also like to thank Mr. Rodda’s son, T.D. Rodda, for his donation of two original paintings for the gala, also.
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 this program. Dogs labeled as pit bulls will be the bulk of the dogs served
because this breed type makes up about 60-70% of the population sheltered by the SPCA of Westchester. Pit bulls and other bully breed dogs tend to spend more time looking for a home due to the public’s perception of them.
It is their hope to help maintain their mental and physical health while in the shelter by providing more training and enrichment to this underserved population.
This program will help to maintain and increase adoptability to all dogs in the shelter concentrating upon those in with the greatest need. Through the Way Home Program, the SPCA has been able to add a part-time trainer position to its staff. This allows for more individual attention for the targeted dogs and supplements the SPCA’s full-time Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator’s efforts.
The hiring of this part time trainer has afforded the behavior department the ability to implement many additional programs for the dogs. The trainer oversees a kennel enrichment program that includes something for all the senses. Daily music, kong feeding, smells for the kennel and toy rotation are just some of the things that make up this program. Special adoptions for dogs with training needs above and beyond the routine are now completed with the oversight of the Coordinator. With the trainer’s help the Coordinator has been freed up to continue to build the canine companion volunteer program so that we can have more volunteers involved in implementing the extra work the department has received. Leading to each dog receiving an individualized training plan and enrichment schedule to fit the needs for each dog in shelter care for an extended period of time.
In addition, the part-time trainer, working in conjunction with the Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator, oversees play groups, socialization walks and other inter-canine interactions which we are now able to facilitate daily. Other activities include individual training sessions, quiet time with people, nosework, therapy dog training and massage. Although, some of these were in place prior to the hiring of the part time trainer, the frequency with which they are offered has greatly increased.
Future goals of the program involve locating foster homes for dogs who are deteriorating in the shelter environment and providing support to fosters as needed.
The SPCA will meet with potential adopters to review and implement training plans for dogs that have been in shelter care for more than 1 month and arrange for additional “out of the box” adoption options such as working with other rescues, sanctuaries and programs including Pets for Vets. The identification of willing and able foster home participants is critical to the success of transitioning The Way Home dogs out of the shelter and into a home-like environment.