Mount Vernon Animal Shelter dog walkers needed
Got this plea from The Mount Vernon (NY) Animal Shelter. Won’t you consider it?
With the come-on “Your feet + 2 feet = Heaven for a Dog”, Pet Rescue is making a plea to recruit walkers for the dogs at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. Judy Matos, Beth McCabe, Patty and Mary Oddoux and Celine Martin of Pet Rescue are walking and working closely with Megan Webster, the acting manager, Shawn Carroll and Luis Familia to help place dogs in adoptive homes and to make all of them more comfortable and ready for adoption. Another group is working with cats.
The Mount Vernon shelter, built in the mid 1970s serves a large population. The current recession has not lightened the responsibilities and burden that the shelter must carry. The small dedicated staff, occupied with countless other responsibilities, has to rely on volunteers to walk the dogs for exercise and fresh air.
On a positive note, the building, once largely standing alone just off Sanford Boulevard, now has bright new neighbors, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco, TJ Max and Target, that draw people from a wide area in Westchester and the Bronx. The shelter address is 60 Garden Ave., just behind Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. Pet Rescue hopes visitors will combine shopping with walking the dogs or adopting a companion animal from the shelter.
Walkers are needed every day, seven days a week. They must be at least 18 years old and can show up between 8 and 11 a.m. The walkers already on board have reported not only happier dogs but their own improved fitness and weight loss. They see it as a win-win situation and expect that others will too.
To sign up, call Matos at 914-632-7155, McCabe at 914- 216 2190, or Pet Rescue 914-834-6955, or e-mail petrescueNY@aol.com.