RESTING PAWS MEMORIAL PET CEMETERY RESTORATION PROJECT UNDERWAY THANK YOU Justin Endrikat and TROOP 477
An Eagle at work
Justin Endrikat revitalizes pet cemetary for Warwick Valley Humane Society as his Eagle Scout project
Justin Endrikat recently became the first member of Troop 477 in Greenwood Lake to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
His Eagle Scout project was to revitalize and beautify the Restdale Park Pet Cemetery on Restdale Road in Chester for the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
The pet cemetery was all but destroyed and then abandoned when a housing development was put in 20 or so years ago.
Justin, along with members of Troop 477, refurbished the landscape by removing dead trees, branches and leaves and resetting grave markers. He then built a wood bench with donations from Rustic Contracting, a local contractor, and the local lumber and hardware store, Greenwood True Value.
The final touch was setting the bench on a concrete pad near the entrance for visitors to enjoy.
Justin is a sophomore at Warwick Valley High School. His family lived in Greenwood Lake until last August when they moved to Pine Island. Troop 477 is a relatively new troop based in Greenwood Lake.
Justin is an avid outdoorsman which is why he loves scouts. He signed up right at the very first orientation meeting at the end of kindergarten and has been an active and enthusiastic scout ever since. He also served as the Den Chief for his brother, Hunter’s Cub Scout den every year of Hunter’s Cub Scout “career.” Hunter just became a Boy Scout in February, joined the troop and was able to help with his big brother’s Eagle Project.
Justin has also been an active volunteer at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center for almost three years.
Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, offered this perspective on the project:
“I almost didn’t recognize the cemetery,” Barron said in an email exchange with The Warwick Advertiser. “The last time I saw it, it was a plot of overgrown land with dead trees and downed branches nearly burying the original grave markers.
Justin and his Troop cleared the land, righted the markers and outlined the graves with stones making them visible. One can now see that it is clearly an old cemetery and not just a wooded lot,” she added. “ He cleared the original entrance and built a beautiful bench at the front. It was a labor intensive project and Justin has restored a long forgotten pet cemetery dating back to 1949.
“Finally, it took Eagle Scout Justin Endrikat to begin the restoration,” Barron said. “After all of these years, I am thrilled and amazed that this is actually happening. Our organization simply could not get this done without outside assistance and I am so grateful that the Boy Scouts, with Justin in the lead, managed to make this dream a reality. We, at Warwick Valley Humane Society, are so proud of his achievement and well earned Eagle Scout induction. He embodies all that it means to be an Eagle Scout.
“Thank you, Justin and Troop 477,” the Humane Society president added,” for your labors of love for long gone but not forgotten beloved pets.”
Justin also thanked his fellow scouts of Troop 477 for all their hard work and his sponsors, Rustic Contracting and Greenwood True Value, for their help in making his Eagle Service Project a success.
Photos by Roger Gavan Although there was a light rain on the first day, crowds still lined up at the Warwick Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29 for ” 2015 Photos with Santa” Fundraiser.
Shelby, a Pit Bull mix and a Warwick Animal Shelter graduate, and Louie, also a Pit Bull mix, pose with Santa and Andrew Redman. The dogs are owned by Andrew’s mother, Lorraine Redman.
WARWICK — Although there was a light rain on the first day, crowds still lined up at the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29.
It was the annual “Pet photos with Santa,” event and retired professional pet photographer and volunteer Chris Babicke was on hand to take photos of pets sitting on Santa’s lap.
Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society and Vice President Celia Ross served as “Santa’s helpers,” by doing whatever it takes to make each pet pose for the camera.
Proceeds will be used to benefit the homeless pets at the shelter.
– Roger Gavan
Ground canned cat food i.e, Friskies pate (see examples below)
Science diet dry for dog, cat and kitten (see examples below)
Large Dog Biscuits
Simple Green Cleaner
Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Natural Wood Stove Pellets – Feline/Equine type pine pellets
Copy paper, pens, HP 6978 902XL Black Ink cartridges and Color
Flat Blankets (no comforters or weaves please)
AND happy homes for all of our homeless pets!
Courtesy of The Florida Focus
On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Warwick Valley Humane Society held its first annual “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge at Breezy Point Inn’s winter carnival.
Despite being the coldest day in many years and with bitter wind chills, a dozen brave jumpers took the plunge to benefit our homeless pets.
Our warmest thanks to Breezy Point Inn owners Peter Pakola and Alex Baron who welcomed our fund-raising event during their annual Winter Carnival and made it a possible by breaking and removing 14 inch thick ice to create the plunging pool over a two-day period.
In addition, the Breezy Point Inn held an auction on our behalf, raising more than $500.
To Peter, Alex, Miriam, Eric and the rest of the staff, we couldn’t have done this event without you.
To our event sponsors, Hickory Tree Service and Landscaping, A Fine Line Salon, Lazy Day Pet Services, Black Bear Wine and Spirits, Hudson Valley Earthworks, Inc. of Greenwood Lake and Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, your support enabled us to meet our related expenses and we thank you for helping us get this event off the ground and into the water.
Wonderfully surprising were all the pledges our plungers proffered for our organization. They really boosted the profits and encouraged the jumpers.
With a cheering and awestruck audience, Kylie A., Tatianna H., Dawn O., Walter R., Steven N., Sabastian S.. Matthew M., Kevin R.,Marty G., Nicole G. along with Animal Control Office Tom Neely and Doug Conway, stripped to shorts, bathing suits and even a bikini, waited for the “Go Jump in the Lake” countdown and plunged off the ice platform into Greenwood Lake.
Our sincere gratitude to the Greenwood Lake Ambulance for being on hand “just in case” and to seeing that all plungers were in good health after their frigid and wet invigorating experience.
Finally, to WVHS director and DJ extraordinaire Jeanine Nostrame for providing four freezing hours of great music and director Michelle Little for her fantastic organizational skills, ability to find sponsors and willingness to do whatever it takes for a successful fund raiser for the shelter pets, raising more than $2,300.
Save the date for the 2016 Winter Carnival at the Breezy Point Inn and Warwick Valley Humane Society’s second annual Polar Plunge!
PHOTO taken by MICHELLE LITTLE
Suzyn Barron, President
Warwick Valley Humane Society
PINE PELLETS / WOOD STOVE PELLETS
LARGE GARBAGE BAGS 32 GALLON SIZE
CANNED PATE CAT FOOD
SCIENCE DIET@ SPECIAL DIET TYPE FOOD FOR CATS AND KITTENS AND DOGS: DRY AND CANS A/D C/D S/O GASTRO INTESTINAL
PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES FOR XP 810 AND HP 4500 SERIES BLK and COLOR
GENTLY USED TOWELS ** HAND TOWELS ** WASH CLOTHS
Promoting Animal Wellness
Bee Well Pets
Orchard Grove Animal Hospital of Warwick NY
Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society
Northeastern Martial Arts
The Foot Spa & Tea Bar
Dog Sitty & The WALDOG Astoria
Dena’s Doggie Designs
Diva Dog Pet Boutique
Corbett’s Cookie Bar
Noble Pies Cafe
It’s Your Dog
Down 2 Earth
The Blarney Station
Northern Bear Pet Supplies
Warwick Valley High School
This is Mandi she is hard to look at, but she doesn’t care. All she cares about is eating her soft, prescription food and acting like a happy, playful kitten.
“Imagine a broken jaw trying to suck a bottle,” said Barron. “Anger doesn’t even begin to cover my feelings about this family.”
Mandi’s injuries could’ve resulted from being burned while trying to eat a live wire.
“Without the family coming forward, we don’t know for sure exactly what happened,” said Barron.
Mandi spent time at the shelter’s vet and returned to the shelter, but an infection sent her back.
“They are also trying to figure out how to put that jaw back together in one so little and so young,” said Barron. “Otherwise she is in good spirits, always at the front of her cage looking to eat. As long as it’s very soft, she can lap it up, and that she does with much gusto, and of course, mess.”
The shelter’s vet wants to wait until she is older to determine if she needs her jaw wired.
“She is funny and has a loving, playful personality, considering what she’s been through with her broken jaw,” she said. “She is definitely in pain, but she hides it very well by letting her little kitten personality come out.”
Our shelter is severely overcrowded with 28 dogs, 178 cats and kittens, 6 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a chinchilla. We only have sufficient room for 19 dogs and 50 cats. Our animals do not have time limits, many already with us for more than 2 years. Despite no room, we took in an abandoned dog found tied tightly to a tree, an 8 yr old obese dachshund with an untreated skin infection in need of thyroid medication, a litter of 3 week old kittens, a stray rabbit, an emaciated unclaimed lost older dog, and a cat found dying on the side of a road to name a few. We also respond to injured wildlife and transport them to either a vet or wildlife rehabilitators. Our vet bills exceed $5000 as of today and we are unable to cover our food and pet supply bills.
We are a not for profit humane society celebrating our 60th year and are desperately in need of monetary donations to sustain our care of our homeless animals. Your contributions to our cause are most greatly appreciated.