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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.
Save Ohio Pets is an organization that holds low-cost monthly vet clinics in the Columbus, Ohio. Veterinarians, techs and volunteers provide basic pet wellness checks, vaccines, and treat animals with minor ailments like ear infections and skin issues and then they provide microchipping
services. Since, January Save Ohio Pets estimates working with more than 600 pets and providing around 250 spay and neuter procedures.
“There’s such a huge group of people who cannot afford vet services,” said Stacey Morris with Save Ohio Pets. “It can take over 2 years to save up to take their animal to vet. Our goal is to hopefully decrease the number of animals entering the shelters. Our main goal is keeping them healthy and in their homes.”
Save Ohio Pets also goes to the homeless camps with Mt. Carmel Outreach, which has a wellness program to check on people staying there. They inform Save Ohio Petswhere the camps are that have animals, and SOP volunteers befriend the homeless, and helps their animals. These animals mean everything to the people in these camps. SOP takes in the animals, treats them, gives them
shots and spays/neuters them and returns them to their owners. With these services in mind, through Rascal Charities and Rascal Animal Hospital, The Tortorella Foundation has given a grant to help in these low-income and homeless pet situations in Columbus, Ohio.
“(This kind of money) is unheard of when you’re just getting started,” Morris said of the grant. “I think we’ve (treated) 13 homeless camp cats thanks to the Tortorella Foundation.”
In addition, with the foundation’s grant, the Rascal Unit (a mobile spay/neuter unit) will attend Save Ohio Pets’ monthly clinic and perform as many as 40 spay and neuters and more.
“My homeless stories wouldn’t exist if I didn’t have (the Tortorellas) behind us,” Morris said.
For more information, visit the Save Ohio Pets Facebook page here.
Rockie was surrendered to the Isle of Wight animal shelter in Viriginia. He found a foster family who loved him and wanted to become his forever family. But his “occasional” seizures increased in number and it was too much for his people to handle. They were worried they couldn’t provide the proper care for him. So he was returned. Shelter staff Christina Kearney and other staff worked to get Rockie medicine and a diagnosis. But he needed an MRI and maybe a spinal tap. It was too much for this staff who came to love Rockie to manage — with estimates around $2700 just to find out what was wrong with him.
That’s when they found The Tortorella Foundation, which agreed to match donated funds to help get Rockie his MRI. Kearney and her staff even held a fundraiser “wedding” for Rockie and his shelter friend with whom he spends a lot of time.
So Rockie got his MRI, which came back normal – no signs of damage from the seizures or abuse, growths or abnormalities. The vet called it idiopathic epilepsy. Now Rockie will try new medicines and will be slowly weaned off some of the old. He will be taking four different types of meds for the next 2 months with hopes everything goes well. He will likely have to revisit the vet in 2 to 3 months. Unfortunately, it is something he will have for the rest of his life. But at least they know now why and that it is slightly manageable, and hopefully it will help his training and comfort level with people!
Rockie is learning how to love everyday. He is an 80 lb American bull dog mix who once spent his days either locked in a bathroom or tied to a lead outside. His previous owner did the best he could for him financialy but were unable to provide any medical care for him for the first few years of his life. He was surrendered in August of 2016 and has had roughly 30+ seizures in the shelter’s and foster’s care. He has been receiving medical care since his first seizure in October. He was taking 15 pills a day to manage his seizures and more than that if he had a seizure.
Kearney said Rockie has trouble connecting with people. He has excelled greatly with learning how to love and be a normal dog. However, he is still missing the ability to connect to others quickly. He is very food driven and often explores his surroundings and paces often. Once he has calmed down and relaxed he is a real love bug! Kearney hopes that understanding and controlling his epilepsy will comfort Rockie so he can relax and find his forever family.
For more information about Rockie, contact Kearney at email@example.com.
Believing that literacy and education are the cornerstones of building a kinder world, the Tortorella Family Foundation provided three scholarships to the SPCA of Westchester’s 2017 Camp Critter program.
Camp Critter is a series of week-long, summer sessions for young people that incorporate age-appropriate learning and activities centered around the importance of kindness and compassion for all living things.
The SPCA hosts the annual “Camp Critter” in the summer for children ages six through twelve. Participants have fun while interacting with animals, learning about sheltering, animal care, animal cruelty, and how they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.
Click here to learn more about Camp Critter.
EMA, Tortorella ’s beloved family dog, recently passed from an aggressive lung cancer. Ema was not just a member of their family — she was an inspiration for many of their own rescue efforts and their support of animal rescue groups in need of support.
Myah, a young lady from the Columbus, Ohio area received special recognition from John & Christine Tortorella and The
Tortorella Family Foundation in December of 2016. We honored her with the first ever Bear’s Angels Kindness Award for her efforts to raise money to support animal welfare. While Myah set out to help animals for her birthday, she also wanted to show others how we can all do our part to help others – 2 or 4 legged! Myah, through baking and selling dog treats, raised over $1000 for the Tortorella Foundation’s programs, most of which she raised at the foundations Cups for Pups Event in September 2016 in Columbus Ohio at Nationwide Arena. The foundation would also like to send out a special thanks to Myah’s assistant/mother Kate Dobbs. Kate not only helped Myah raise the money for the foundation, but Kate and her staff helped the foundation with the Bear’s Angels Cups and Pups event that raised nearly $10k for animal rescue/support efforts.
The foundation is working with Columbus area rescue groups to help improve the quality of life for homeless animals. The Tortorella Foundation is so grateful for the Dobb’s family’s dedication to animal welfare.