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Columbus Monthly – Columbus Pets Guide: John Tortorella’s Soft Spot
By Chris Gaitten
Posted Dec 2, 2020
For the Columbus Blue Jackets coach, hockey is the hook—he’d rather talk about dogs and horses.
Over the years, the Tortorella household north of Columbus has become a haven of sorts, a second-chance home for animals in need. John Tortorella, the Blue Jackets coach, talks with tenderness about his family’s dogs, the ”pittie″ mixes. First, there’s Jack, whose mother was run over when he was a feral pup. John and his wife, Christine, rescued him. There’s Blaze and Sherman, spared from a poorly run shelter, and Kali, the foster who never left. And there are horses—Willow, Rose and Skye—all rescues too.
Suruluna’s staff, volunteers and dogs can now be found at their new home, The Dog Village, in upstate New York! Suruluna will continue their amazing dedication to dogs who have trouble locating forever homes by offering training, enrichment, rehabilitation, foster services and LOVE! We’re happy to have given them a grant for a new shed. Adorable Sinbad is happy, too! To learn more about Surulua, please visit: www.surulua.org
The Tortorella Family Foundation was proud to give grants in 2019 to the following organizations whose dedication and hard work have changed life for many animals: Bella Run Equine of Athens, Ohio rescues and rehomes horses from inhumane and deadly situations at auctions. They bring malnourished and abused equines to their sanctuary where they receive veterinary treatment, enrichment and love.
Seniors enrolled in Life Care Alliance of Columbus, Ohio’s programs receive food and veterinary care for their companion pets. This effort helps to keep beloved animals with their owners. Sheila Clifton, founder of Yellow Rabbit Animal Rescue in Mississippi, takes in abandoned and abused dogs and cats, gets them veterinary care and finds them permanent homes. The Foundation donated toward a concrete slab for the building of a physical shelter for the dogs that would provide protection from the elements and be easy to sterilize to prevent contagious diseases from spreading. The Tortorella Family Foundation applauds the efforts of these three humane organizations and is grateful to offer help with their missions. Please visit their websites and facebook pages to learn more about what they do.
Golfers and animal lovers gathered at The Golf Club at Little Turtle on a sunny day this summer to raise money for Homeless to Home Animal Rescue and Cat Sanctuary. The August 19th event, “Play Fore Paws” was sponsored by Anthony Rothman of 97.1 The Fan and Jamie McGann of McGann Media Group. Among those who took advantage of the beautiful weather and a chance to help a deserving local charity were Columbus Blue Jacket’s Coach John Tortorella and General Manager
Proceeds from the event and auction were donated to the Marion, Ohio rescue organization which works tirelessly to provide shelter and proper care to homeless animals turned away by shelters or surrendered by owners. To learn more about their mission, visit Homeless to Home.
The Tortorella Family Foundation (TFF) is proud to announce more grants for 2019 were awarded to the following organizations for their important and compassionate work in animal welfare. SAVE Ohio Pets is dedicated to reducing the homeless animal population in Central Ohio by providing spay/neuter and microchipping clinics. TFF is sponsoring three spay/neuter clinics for SAVE Ohio Pets this year.
Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team in Pennsylvania transports homeless and unwanted animals from one part of the country to another by air and land to help them find permanent homes. A grant from TFF is helping PAART purchase a new transport van to assist with their great mission.
TFF provided emergency grant to Pike Pet Pals of Waverly, Ohio to build permanent roofs for their kennels. Pike Pet Pals supports and assists the animals of Pike County Dog Pound.
Facilitate Rescue of Clary, North Carolina was awarded a grant to spay and neuter cats pulled from Harnett County Shelter. Spay and neuter surgeries are one of the most effective ways to prevent unwanted litters and suffering on the part of homeless animals.
Please click on the highlighted links to learn more about these remarkable organizations.
The Tortorella Family Foundation was pleased to present grants this spring to deserving animal welfare organizations who make a difference in their communities. Among the grantees was The SPCA of Westchester who was awarded a grant for their The Way Home Program, a partnership with the Tortorella’s that provides training, enrichment and TLC for dogs with behavioral challenges in order to improve their chances of being adopted. In 2018, 134 dogs enrolled in this program found their forever homes, including the dogs featured here. Please click on the link above (SPCA of Westchester) to learn more about this organization and its programs.
Most of us look forward to the sun and fun of summer. It’s great to spend time outdoors with friends and family and pets. It’s important, however, to be aware of the special needs of our cats and dogs in the heat. Many avoidable pet deaths occur during summer. Topping the list are animals left in cars. Here is a flyer of some safety tips that you can print out and share on bulletin boards or hand out at events. Click on the flyer to open it on your computer. Thank you!