FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2015
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Town Honors Shelter Connection for Raising over $500k
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board honored the Town Animal Shelter’s not-for-profit partner The Shelter Connection during a ceremony at Town Hall on November 18. Established in 1999, The Shelter Connection has created training and socialization programs in order to increase adoptions at the North Hempstead Animal Shelter. With the help of their volunteers and events such as “fun”draisers and friend raisers, The Shelter Connection has successfully raised over $500,000 in donations since it was founded.
“There are so many beautiful dogs to be adopted and The Shelter Connection is doing a great job of caring for them,” said Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “With programs like ‘Mend-a-Paw’ that raise funds to care for dogs’ special medical needs, they have given the dogs a better life and a better chance at finding a home to call their own.”
The Shelter Connection is fighting against the stigma that shelter dogs are “damaged goods” and educating the public about the number of homeless dogs there are and what they can do to help. Educating the public, especially children, about shelters being a place of hope for these dogs is an important goal of The Shelter Connection.
“The caring and warm atmosphere created by the staff at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter was what first attracted the volunteers of The Shelter Connection,” said The Shelter Connection’s President Dr. Bob Slifkin. “Having a Town government that was open and welcoming to having a volunteer group at their shelter was another plus for our volunteers. They’re able to help these dogs--some of them who arrived at the shelter sick, injured, or with little training--leave the shelter as healthy family pets, and that has been an incredibly gratifying and moving experience.”
Various volunteers from The Shelter Connection were on hand for the ceremony including John Luca, Ruth Stern, Linda Tyras, Paula Kellner, Roseanne Wellmaker, Marianne Sikora, Denise Waters, and Kim Lasek.
For more information on the Town’s Animal Shelter log on to www.theshelterconnection.com or call 311 or 516-869-6311.
From left, Public Safety Commissioner Andrew DeMartin, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Councilwoman Lee Seeman, Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Animal Shelter Director Jenna Givargidze with a maltese named Benji, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Dr. Bob Slifkin- President of the Shelter Connection, Susan Hassett with a beagle named Keeper, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and Councilman Peter Zuckerman.
From left, back row: Public Safety Commissioner Andrew DeMartin, Councilwoman Kaplan, Receiver of Taxes Berman, Councilwoman Russell, Shelter Director Jenna Givargidze with a maltese named Benji, Dr. Bob Slifkin, Supervisor Bosworth, Susan Hassett with a beagle named Keeper, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Councilwoman De Giorgio, Councilwoman Seeman. Front row (not left to right): John Luca, Ruth Stern, Linda Tyras, Paula Kellner, Roseanne Wellmaker, Marianne Sikora, Denise Waters, and Kim Lasek.
Dr. Bob Slifkin cuts the ceremonial cake.