continued “In life or death emergencies, this fund can provide the resources for vital veterinarian care, increase [the animal’s] chance for survival, with hopes for the animal to recover and find its forever home,” Tischenko said.
In order to raise awareness of the fund as well as to start to fill its coffers, the village held its first (and hopefully first of many) Pet Pawty at the North Syracuse Community Center this weekend. The event invited families, both human and furry, to participate in a number of events including raffles, games, entertainment, a pet parade, a chance to try out the village’s new Disc Golf course and more. In addition, a number of local animal rescue groups were represented to provide information about adoption and pet care.
“These types of events are typical of what a small community partnering with their government can accomplish for the good of the community,” said Atkinson.
Tischenko said the Pet Pawty, in addition to being a great community event that brought pet owners together, also let them know about an important service.
“The importance of this fund to the community is the peace of mind that if your pet gets loose when you are away, there are people there to aid your beloved friend if forbid, something were to happen,” she said. “People can donate to this and feel comforted that it is there for the animals.”
Moreover, it shows how committed the village is to providing for all of its residents — whether they have two legs or four.
“Anyone who has a pet knows how important that animal is to them and their family,” Roth said. “If that animal were to get lost/injured/harmed, we would all want the animal to receive attention and proper care. In emergency cases, time is of the essence. We want each animal to receive care not just the ones that are owned by village residents, or those who we can quickly find an owner for.”