Message From The Executive Director
The North Fork Animal Welfare League strives to improve the lives of all needy and homeless animals in our community, and our community is forever expanding.Issues of animal overpopulation and good stewardship cannot be solved by a single organization working in a vacuum of geographic limitations. The animal welfare field tried this for years and made limited progress. True progress comes with collaboration, resource pooling, and an operational culture that includes a much broader sense of responsibility.
I am proud to work for an organization that personifies this ideal. On a local level, the League more than doubled it’s operational scope in 2013 when it took over operations of Riverhead’s animal care and control program. This would not be possible without the cooperation of many local rescue groups, shelters and businesses, such as Move the Animal Shelter, SAVES, Petco and RSVP.
We just had our 7th successful spay/neuter clinic partnering with Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s mobile surgical unit. On a state level, we continue to work with the New York City Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, and I was one of the founding Board Members of the New York Federation for Animal Protection. We work daily with the many rescue groups and shelters across the state with adoption referrals. We reach out nationally through our social networking sites, and I spend my vacation time working towards global attitude change regarding animal overpopulation and care. Since 2010 I have managed the recovery units for the international free spay/neuter group www.vidas.org. Vidas provides free spay and neuter surgeries for more than 3000 animals a year in the State of Quintano Roo in Mexico. This August more than 1600 animals were safely altered in 6 days. From there I embarked on a new service expedition with the African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in Kenya. This was in response to the Kenyan government ordering the use of strychnine to poison dogs to control the spread of rabies. ANAW organized a group of veterinarians and support staff from the states to facilitate the vaccination of almost 2000 animals, convincing the Kenyan government to stop the poisoning. The North Fork Animal Welfare League understands that without cooperation there will be no success.
A miracle is often a simple change in perception. This can only happen when we get involved with each other. I truly believe that teaching Kenyan boys that their dogs love belly rubs can not only change the lives of those dogs, but it may just be the perception change that creates a miracle.