Homes Needed for Cats Rescued from Grisly Crime Scene in Yonkers
Top Hat and Cocktails Gala
Last week numerous homeless cats and kittens were rescued by the SPCA of Westchester from Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, the same location where the remains of 25 cats were discovered this past April, strung up in plastic bags hanging from a tree. Several of the cats had been bludgeoned to death.
The cats and kittens we rescued had been living in squalid conditions in a back alley near the crime scene and have multiplied significantly in the last few months. They range from very friendly to feral. While some are more social and can be adopted into homes, it's critical to locate barn homes or adopters who have secure outdoor structures for those cats that are not suitable or happy living inside.
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You won't find our black cats and kittens starring in a Netflix series, but you will see them at the shelter...and lots of 'em! It's no secret that black cats and kittens are often overlooked in shelters, and that's definitely the case this summer. We have so many black kitties that are loving, strikingly beautiful and real characters!
So to help people see what they're missing, we're offering reduced adoption fees for black cats and kittens through 9/14; kitten fees will be half off ($75) and for cats one year and older we have a grab bag of reduced fees ranging from $65 to free! Please spread the word to help us find these wonderful cats homes. CLICK HERE to see our Adoptable Cats!
Join us for an enchanting evening of delicious food and cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains to celebrate and raise funds for the animals at the SPCA. This year's Gala event take place on Friday, October 17th from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm.
John W. Beach Memorial Award: John and Christine Tortorella, the Tortorella Family Foundation
Distinguished Service Award: Nuda Sarcone and Rick Joseph, DVM
Humane Education and Youth Service Award: Olivia Segal-Cookies for Sophie
Ways to Help:
This formal and elegant evening features a unique twist - guests are invited to bring along a well-behaved canine "date"!
The evening features cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with various complimentary animal related activities for our guests and their pets to enjoy such as an Canine Ice Cream Bar, Animal Communicator and Personalized Pet Portraits, in addition to a fabulous silent auction and dancing.
This year we will present the John W. Beach Memorial Award to legendary hockey coach, John Tortorella and his wife, Christine, passionate advocates for animal welfare. John and Christine have funded a special program at the SPCA of Westchester to supply specific training and enrichment to dogs with behavioral issues that may impede their chances for getting adopted. The SPCA is proud to honor the Tortorellas’ generous and heartfelt contribution to our humane mission.
-Become a SPONSOR. Your name(s) will be prominently featured during the event as well as on the Invitations and in our Benefit Journal, in addition to receiving extra Tickets to the event depending on your Sponsorship level.
-Advertise in our BENEFIT JOURNAL. This beautifully designed publication will be distributed to all the guests at our October 17th fundraiser. You may choose to promote your business or place an ad promoting one of our animals for adoption or contribute by placing an honorary or memorial ad. The Benefit Journal will also be featured on our website homepage, which receives over 10,000 visits a month!
-Donate to our SILENT AUCTION. Your name and/or business will be listed in our Benefit Journal as thanks and the revenue generated from the Auction will help to ensure the success of this important fundraising event!
Casino Night to Benefit the SPCA
Join us on Friday, September 19th at 6 p.m. for this special event is being hosted by and held at Kitchen and Bath Source, located at 50 Virginia Road in White Plains. Enjoy an exciting night of casino games, DJ entertainment, wine and food tastings, live cooking demonstrations and Auction items to bid on with the funny you win playing casino games! There will also be an "Ask the Vet" table with Dr. Maria Lagana as well as SPCA pets for adoption.
Suggested donation is $45. You can pay at the door or in advance (which is preferred) by calling Rachel at Kitchen and Bath Source at (914) 946-8600. Questions can be emailed to Lisa@spca914.org. RSVP greatly appreciated by Sept. 5th.
Help the SPCA Fund a New Transport Vehicle!
Every Dollar you Donate will be MATCHED up to $15,000. ||
The SPCA Rescue RV has seen a lot of miles in the last ten years. And it has served us well - allowing us to save the lives of over 5,000 puppies and dogs slated to be euthanized in high kill shelters. Unfortunately, our RV had to be taken out of service recently when repair costs became too great. It's time for a new ride so that we can continue our humane mission. Will you help us reach our goal?
Now through July 31st, every dollar you donate to our campaign for a new transport vehicle will be MATCHED by a very good friend of the SPCA, up to $15,000! Your kind donation will be matched dollar for dollar so that we can rescue these innocent animals who look to us to place them in a loving, permanent home.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 for a new functioning vehicle outfitted with enclosures to transport animals safely over the miles. No donation is too small and will help us make this dream become a reality! Help us create more happy tails like the one pictured below!
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Naming opportunities are available-please contact
Lisa@spca914.org for details.
25 Cats Found Hanging in Bags from Tree;
Blunt Force Trauma to Head Determined to be Cause of Death
To Support Humane Law Enforcement Investigations, Please Donate Here.
On Thursday, April 24th the SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit was contacted by the Yonkers Police Department regarding discovery of the remains of 25 cats found in various stages of decomposition in 30 plastic bags tied to a tree at 14 Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, NY. The bags were discovered by Yonkers Department of Public Works employees performing a routine clean-up of the area.
The SPCA of Westchester transported the bodies to a local veterinarian to perform necropsies on three of the bodies. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. It is believed that all of the cats suffered the same death. Additional items were removed from the scene for further analysis.
According to Ernie Lungaro, Director of the SPCA’s HLE Unit, “Both the SPCA of Westchester and the Yonkers Police Department are highly motivated to find those who are responsible for this heinous act. The investigation continues as we follow up leads and conduct interviews.
“All of us at the SPCA of Westchester are deeply appalled by this depraved act of animal cruelty,” said Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director. “I want to assure the public that we will use every resource available to us to bring those responsible to swift justice.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797. The SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division receives no town, county, state or federal funding and is the only organization in Westchester mandated to enforce all animal cruelty laws. Please consider donating to support our mission of investigating and enforcing animal cruelty laws.
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