The local Pet Rescue organization recently placed a call to Home Depot in Port Chester, hoping the store might consider donating supplies to build shelters for some of Westchester’s feral cats.
By Rye Record Staff
The local Pet Rescue organization recently placed a call to Home Depot in Port Chester, hoping the store might consider donating supplies to build shelters for some of Westchester’s feral cats. Not only did Home Depot store manager Trevor Meinke agree, on the spot, to donate the needed materials, he also said they would be delighted to help build the shelters! And that’s just what they did on November 2 at Pet Rescue’s new home at 7 Harrison Avenue in Harrison.
Home Depot’s commitment to working with the community was on full display as Pet Rescue volunteers worked side by side with a large team of Home Depot construction experts. Pet Rescue volunteer ToniAnn Sanin was very touched by the effort made on a Sunday morning to help cats in need, and said the timing was perfect as cold weather had just arrived.
“Cats are not wild animals and they don’t belong outside, but the reality is there are so many out there. The least we can do is to provide food and shelter for them,” said Sanin, “It is extremely generous of Home Depot to help in this way. We are grateful to them for their support of our Westchester feral cats and the people who care for them.”
Store Manager Meinke said, “Home Depot takes pride in supporting the community. Giving back and building relationships are a big part of our company’s core values. It is a privilege to partner with local organizations and make an impact for others in need.”
The fourteen shelters built from Rubbermaid tubs, lumber, and straw (generously donated by Rosedale Nursery of Hawthorne) will provide safe havens for about 80 cats around the county. Pet Rescue does as much as it can to spay, neuter, and save feral cats, finding homes for the friendliest and most social among them, but there are just too many cats that need help, so a partnership like this one with Home Depot is greatly appreciated by Pet Rescue, and homeless Westchester cats.
In operation for more than 30 years as an organization dedicated to finding good homes for friendly homeless dogs and cats, Pet Rescue recently established a shelter of their own last summer. They have fostered and placed more than 10,000 pets over the years.
Pet Rescue is well known in Westchester and beyond as a great place to find fantastic family pets that have been fostered in loving homes so the pets are ready for home life. In fact, well over 200 Rye families alone have rescued from Pet Rescue. Check out their website, www.ny-petrescue.org, and maybe you’ll find your newest family member.