North Syracuse The fate of too many animals is decided not by the severity of their condition or the availability of vet care.
It’s decided by the financial resources to provide them with that care.
If an animal gets sick or is hit by a car or otherwise injured and no owner can be found, oftentimes, animal shelters and rescue groups front the cost for their care. If they can’t come up with the money quickly, the animal can languish in pain, or worse.
That’s why the village of North Syracuse has established a 911 Pet Fund, so that, through community fundraisers and donations, such animals can receive the care they need immediately.
The idea for the fund came out of a meeting between Mayor Mark Atkinson, Director of Parks and Recreation Teresa Roth and Margaret DeLeo and Nadine Tischenko from the Greater North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.
“[The chamber was] hoping to schedule a few special, community events which would raise some money, but they were looking for a good cause for the money to go toward. They were wondering if the village had any suggestions,” Roth said.
At a recent village board meeting, the topic of veterinary care in emergency situations had been discussed. There had been several cases in which a dog had been hit by a car — not an uncommon occurrence in a village that includes Route 11, Taft Road, South Bay Road and several busy intersections — and needed immediate care, but the village couldn’t track down the owner.
“This isn’t something that we have budgeted for,” Roth said.
So the group started thinking: what if the village started a fund that would allow designated village personnel to drop off cats and dogs in need of urgent care at a local animal hospital so that they could receive treatment?