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Two Bear’s Angels partners from New York State, Suruluna and Pets Alive in Middleton, took in dogs from southern shelters affected by Hurricane Florence. As the storm approached the coasts of North and South Carolina in September, many homeless animals were moved out of regional shelters due to safety concerns as well as to make room for the stray and lost dogs and cats that would need rescue during and following Florence.
The Tortorella Family Foundation was pleased to provide grants to Suruluna and Pets Alive for their kind assistance to the transported animals they welcomed to their facilities. Please visit www.suruluna.org and www.petsalive.org for a list of supplies they could use to help these animals.
Several North Carolina rescues came to the aid of 30+ animals when a couple split up and finances and time could no longer handle the 25 cats, 10 dogs and two turtles they had amassed over their relationship. Until recently, all of the
animals were regularly vetted and certainly loved. The wife reached out for help to re-home the animals as soon it became obvious it was urgent. Several people and groups came to the rescue.
Animal Life Rescue, Red Barn, It takes a Village and Wake County SPCA all took in animals to help with this situation. The Tortorella Family Foundation is proud to help support Animal Life Rescue, NC Dog Rescue, and Red Barn as they work to vet, care for and find forever homes for each of these beautiful animals. Four of the 25 cats were re-homed to a friend of the former owner. One of the dogs, Fell, was euthanized under the supervision and advice of the family vet.
Life is complicated. People often mean well and even do well for long periods of time. But when emergencies happen, that’s often when animals can suffer. The wife, a former “rescue” volunteer in North Carolina, split from her husband, and when finances got tight and there was less money and time to care for the animals they once worked together to love and care for, the animals needed to be re-homed and fast. She reached out to several contacts, asking for emergency help.
Several of the cats are already up for adoption and even a couple have been adopted, and the turtles were taken to a sanctuary by NC Dog Rescue. Chris Leone, Nancy Williams and Shelley Pope worked tirelessly to re-home these animals and find rescues to take them in so they would not have to be surrendered to a kill shelter. The Tortorella Family Foundation would like to personally thank these wonderful people and organizations for their time, efforts, compassion, love and financial contributions they personally made to make this happen.
For more information about Animal Life Rescue, Red Barn, NC Dog Rescue or It Takes a Village, visit their websites or send an email.
firstname.lastname@example.org or animallifeinc.com
Save Ohio Pets teamed up with the Rascal Unit in February to help more family pets in the Columbus area. The Tortorella Foundation helped sponsor the event that had 46 on site spay and neuters, 56 pets vaccinated and micro-chipped. Another 20 were spayed days later with the help of Columbus Humane.
Hannah and Brad Larsen, Diana Davidson and John and Christine Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets were all on site to support the cause in different ways.
Hannah Larsen, who volunteers regularly for Save Ohio Pets, spent the day grooming the animals that came in.
Diana Davidson stayed very busy talking to pet owners, bringing the animals to and from spay and neuter procedures, helping with records and paperwork and comforting the
post-surgical pets. Davidson is married to John Davidson, the President of Hockey Operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So many volunteers are necessary for a successful event like this, including veterinarians, groomers, vet techs and loving, comforting arms.
Bella Run Equine is dedicated to the responsible rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of slaughter-bound horses. They travel to horse auctions where the majority of horses are sold to kill buyers that haul them across the border to be processed for their meat in Canada.
When space at the farm and funding in the bank allows, they travel the auctions, buying as many horses as they can. They then take them back to the farm to rehab them (both mind and body). The veterinarians, farriers and chiropractors they use are an integral part of the team and are the first that get to help the new arrivals.
They are proud to provide these horses with the best care they can afford. Some of the horses have had quite rough lives and their care (while modest) is often the best that they will have ever received. They get many horses that come into the program with injuries and illnesses, and a comfortable barn with high quality food (and plenty of TLC) is key to their recovery. After the horses heal physically, they evaluate them and provide them with the training necessary to find appropriate homes.
They have a new project in the works for 2018. They plan to add 10 additional stalls to the existing barn (but in a separate wing). The addition will allow Bella Run to better care for each horse and turn their existing stalls into a “quarantine wing.”
Two of Bella Run’s starvation cases, Emila Rose and Willow were fostered by the Tortorella family. After hearing about the barn project, the Tortorellas partnered with two doctors to match up to $16,000 donated toward the project.
“We are absolutely humbled and are so grateful for this great act of kindness and hope that we will be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to provide the horses in our care with a wonderful new place to rest and recover,” said one of the founders of Bella Run.
Please visit www.bellarunequine.org/donate to contribute to this project.
The Tortorella Foundation is pleased to help Refuge Magoo in Montreal, Quebec with a grant for general operations.
Above is a photo of Mickey, a 12-year-old dog in their care who is being treated for cancer. Mickey is like many of the dogs at Refuge Magoo – cherished and loved when no one else will take them in. And while Refuge Magoo is a small operation, its attention to finding the perfect home for every animal is remarkable.
For more info on the rescue, you can visit www.refugemagoo.org
Save Ohio Pets in the Columbus area holds regular pet clinics for people who cannot always afford veterinary care for their animals. This August of 2017, the Tortorella Foundation sponsored the Rascal Unit, which in turn spayed and neutered 54 family pets at no cost to the family. Meanwhile, the clinic helped dozens more family pets with ear infections, shots and more. Two puppies were immediately transferred to a local veterinary hospital with suspected parvovirus.
The Tortorella Foundation’s mascot, Bear, was on hand to entertain and meet with the young visitors.
For people in Columbus, Ohio area who may have difficulty paying for basic veterinary care for their animals, Save Ohio Pets is a game changer. On August 13th, the organization will hold a free clinic that will provide pet wellness check-ups, vaccines, microchipping, spay and neuter surgeries and treatment for minor ailments such as ear infections and skin issues.
The Tortorella Family Foundation is pleased to sponsor Save Ohio Pet’s clinic and its work to extend veterinary care to all who need it – and keep area pets with the people who love them.
Rascal Animal Hospital, the Rascal Unit and Rascal Charities in the Columbus, Ohio area work together to help aid low-income families treat their beloved pets by providing services at reduced rates.
The Tortorella Foundation, which is proud to support animal welfare efforts in the area, made a donation to aid the purchase of a CT scanner for Rascal Charities at Rascal Animal Hospital. Rascal Animal Hospital’s staff has already been trained and hopes to being using the scanner very soon!
In addition, The Tortorella Foundation offered a large contribution to Save the Ohio Pets in the Columbus area as a credit toward veterinary services for the animals in their care at Rascal Animal Hospital. “Save The Ohio Pets” offers services to lower income families and their pets and even visits homeless camps and offers spay/neuter services to their pets. Some of those services include microchipping, spay and neuter services, heart worm prevention and vaccines.
Dr. Michelle Gonzalez is the director of Rascal Charities, Rascal Animal Hospital and the Rascal Unit, a mobile spay/neuter unit that visits low-income areas in the Columbus area and offers medical services to people’s pets. In August, the Rascal Unit will team up with Save Ohio Pets to offer spay/neuter services at Save Ohio Pet’s monthly clinic. Click here to read more about our partnership with Save Ohio Pets.
Dr. Gonzalez is excited about the prospect of helping more people who might otherwise be unable to afford the CT procedure and to help rescue animals — as CT’s often cost between $800-1600, that can be a large expenditure for an animal rescue. In addition, Save The Ohio Pet’s rescue/organization has already utilized the foundation’s contribution to help pay for services for the animals in their care.
“The goal is to use for spay/neuter/wellness efforts and for medical expenses for sick pets,” Dr. Gonzales said. “… we saw a dog with severe ear problems and skin disease secondary to allergies that (Save the Ohio Pets) could not help at their wellness clinic. They sent them here, and we got him all taken care of.”
But even bigger picture is that a CT scan is a very commonly recommended diagnostic procedure for seizures, masses and tumors.
“Even people who are not even really poor sometimes cannot afford it,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “As a practice we were seeing individuals who wanted to take care of their animals but they just couldn’t afford it. We do deal with a large number of people who are low-income individuals. We wanted to better care for these low-income individuals and give them a better diagnostic report so they can make an educated decision.