Rockland County’s Animal Shelter
Has a Matching Grant In Effect Until Sept 9
by Sharon Needleman, Hi Tor Animal Care Shelter
Because I’ve always loved animals, I’ve never been able to understand how some people choose to abuse and abandon them. But then there are those who restore my faith in people. One of those people was the woman who took pity on Queenie.
A pit bull named Queenie came to Hi Tor Animal Shelter with one of the worst cases of mange — a skin disease caused by parasitic mites — we’d ever seen. Her owner had let the ailment progress simply because he did not want to deal with it. As a result, this poor dog was covered with oozing sores and bit herself relentlessly. We treated her until she healed and hoped that someone would see past her skin.
Queenie’s story has a happy ending: one of our volunteers agreed to foster her. Not a great lover of pit bulls, this wonderful woman nevertheless took Queenie home and found that she got along well with the other animals in the house.
Before long, much to her surprise, the woman fell in love with her. Today, Queenie is a permanent member of the household and is thriving.
A Special Matching Grant Doubles Your Hi Tor Donation — Through Sept 9
At Hi Tor, we believe that this is the right choice– to have compassion and do right by the animals that have not been cherished or cared for. We are Rockland’s only open-admissions shelter, and we take in some 2,500 animals each year.
But it costs money, which is why I’m thrilled that special donors are generously matching donations to Hi Tor up to $10,000. This Double Your Dollars Challenge will last through September 9, and all the funds we raise will go directly to the care of the animals at the shelter.
Please help us continue our vision of saving the ones that deserve that second chance with a generous gift. They all matter to us at Hi Tor. And we know they all matter to you too.
Sharon Needleman is President of the Board of Directors at Hi Tor Animal Care Shelter.