Long Island pet rescue stories from 2021

Here are some heartwarming pet rescue stories from the past year. (Getty Images)

Long Island animal rescues, shelters and volunteers often work around the clock to keep animals safe. As 2021 draws to a close, we recap some of the best rescue stories told by the heroes who are dedicated to saving our furry friends.

Our first story begins with a 14 year old poodle named Jack. Its owner recently passed away and Jack was taken to Bay Shore Twin Animal Hospital for euthanization due to his old age. A veterinary technician immediately called Bonnie Rosen from Melville for help. As a seasoned lifeguard, Bonnie used her networking skills to find an amazing family who already had a 15-year-old poodle at home. Bonnie arranged for Jack to be introduced to what would become his new family forever, “and in just one week, Jack was enjoying his beautiful new home and loving his new family forever,” Rosen says.

When Marge Golding of Dix Hills got a call through the Tender Loving Cats hotline for help spaying / neutering a colony of stray cats and kittens, she knew exactly what to do. “With the feeders, we developed a trapping plan to sterilize the adults. They described their regular diet and agreed to withhold food so the cats were hungry enough to get into traps, ”Golding explains. Traps have been set and veterinary appointments have been set. Golding found it difficult to hide from the cats, but the feeders were trusted humans, so they offered to operate the trap for him. Success! Nine cats in the colony were sterilized and treated for notorious medical problems. The kittens have been fully vetted and are now waiting forever for their homes. “The moral of the story: the feeders were cooperative and we worked together. If you need rescue assistance, be prepared to be part of the solution, ”says Golding.

For local rescuer John Debacker, not a day goes by without helping an animal in distress. From a raccoon with a jar stuck to its head to a runaway cat at JFK Airport, Debacker saved them all. In the 2021 recap, Debacker describes his most intense rescue as the one involving a cat trapped by a sewer in the middle of the Grand Central Parkway. “We had to close a major highway, which required the cooperation of the police,” Debacker explains. During the initial assessment, the cat was emaciated and rushed to the emergency hospital where, unfortunately, he lived his last days. But without the extraordinary work of volunteers and law enforcement, the story of this kitty would have had a very different ending.

Everyone can have their own rescue story. You can be a hero by remembering to always adopt and never to buy. If you can’t open your home to a pet, consider donating to your local shelter or rescue, which usually has wish lists online. Perhaps best of all, volunteer your time to help take care of the furry creatures who need us most.

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