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Lola was brought to WHS as a stray October 1st, 2007 and on October 2nd 2012, after 5 long years, she finally found her wonderful forever mom.
Lola is doing very well and I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I adopted her! We actually moved. I already started a walking routine with her in the morning so she gets familiar with our new digs and the neighborhood.
Through the year, Lola has shown signs of separation anxiety or at least what I think is separation anxiety (based on information you gave me and my vet). I would leave for work or leave home for a few hours and she will some times pee or rummage through things. What is interesting is that she doesn’t chew things up (unless it’s trash and food related) but she pulls things down from tables and leaves it on the floor. She has a tendency to find the trash if I do not secure it enough, and she goes through it.
To try to fix this, I walked her a lot more before leaving, bought the spray recommended by the vet and pet stores that prevents her from chewing on things and I have a lot of toys for her to keep her busy. So far, some of that has worked. We are still working on it.
A great development has been her being able to get along with my parents’ basset hound! She and Lucy walk together, lay around the house together and we can even leave them alone when going out. I’ve learned that Lola only gets aggressive around other dogs if food is around. So we feed them in separate areas and make sure that treats are distributed carefully.
Lola has really been wonderful, though. Every one who meets her loves her (my Dad especially).
The Tortorella Foundation is proud to share the opening of a wonderful new fenced-in area for the dogs and cats at the Westchester Humane Society!
For the first time in the lives of these specials animals (at least those who’ve lived at the shelter for years), they get to run and play with toys that they have not been able to play with in their small kennel runs. The toys sat in a drawer, mostly unusable, because the animals can’t play with them unwatched due to choking hazzards. Now they can run and play and socialize with other dogs and get training!
The Tortorella Foundation and family is incredibly excited about this major improvement to WHS!
The Tortorella Family Foundation For Giving Backis working in cooperation with the Westchester Humane Society, under the leadership of a newly founded board of directors and management, to establish humane treatment of the animals in its care at the rescue shelter in Harrison, NY. The shelter is in crisis mode as it seeks to secure financial support for the funding of critical improvements needed to the facility to ensure the safety and welfare of the cats and dogs in its care. The shelter is full of sweet, beautiful dogs and cats, now getting the proper medical care, feeding, neutering, spaying, etc., while preparing them for possible adoption to forever homes.
Designated funding critically needed for items on the shelter’s wish list includes (but is not limited to):
Listen to “Old Dogs” by Mike Clayton lyrics by Christine Tortorella
So many wonderful animals are now available for adoption! Visit your local animal shelter to adopt a pet today.
See some of our beautiful animals:
Ann Sather, wife of NY Ranger General Manager Glen Sather, reads weekly to children at a day care in Harlem. Christine Tortorella, wife of Ranger head coach John Tortorella, joined her December 21 to read to the children and donate books, including her new CD – ‘Do Bugs Have Belly Buttons?’ and Ann’s favorite of Christine’s books, ’Annie and Little One.’