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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.
APRIL IS PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Warwick Valley Humane Society once again joins the ASPCA in their
Go Orange for Animals campaign during April
Warwick Valley Humane Society plans to hang orange ribbons throughout the Village and asks businesses and residents to wear and/or display orange ribbons and show their support.
We need the public to be our eyes and ears and report any and all suspect neglect or abuse to our confidential cruelty telephone number at
The color orange is identified with vibrancy and energy. (In fact, the members of our logo design team were inspired by a life preserver!) It is our hope that, by identifying the color orange with the efforts of the ASPCA, the public will begin to associate this color with the welfare of animals throughout the United States. We hope that one day the color orange will be synonymous with animal welfare everywhere!
The cat condos are three tier and allows us to re-configure them as needed. Currently, there is one kitten on the top floor and the middle and bottom units are open to accommodate multiple kittens at a time.
Courtesy of The Record On-Line http://www.recordonline.com/article/20151231/NEWS/151239991
Warwick Valley Humane Society receives Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award
WARWICK — This past October the Warwick Valley Humane Society received the Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award from Safe Homes of Orange County at the Safe Homes annual Celebration of Hope Dinner.
Two and a half years ago, the society collaborated with Safe Homes of Orange County, thanks to Humane Society Volunteer Leslie Maier, who initiated the partnership.
The Safe Pets program allows victims of domestic violence to leave the abusive home or partner and not leave their pets behind.
The Humane Society boards and cares for these pets without charge to the Safe Homes client or Safe Homes organization.
“Together,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, “we can offer a temporary safe haven for humans and animals.”
Barron also received the Orange County Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Steven Neuhaus along with New York State Senate Certificates of Merit from Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. and John J. Bonacic and New York Assembly Certificates of Merit from Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther and Assemblyman James Skoufis.
“We will proudly display this beautiful award at our shelter,” said Barron, “and I offer my heartfelt thanks to Safe Homes of Orange County for bestowing this recognition on our organization for what we perceive as simply doing the right thing. The Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award and Certificates of Merit and Recognition are testimonials to the care and compassion of our staff at the Warwick Valley Humane Society.”
– Roger Gavan
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
Courtesy of THE TIMES HERALD RECORD
Dr. Nikki, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, has completed her medical (OK, obedience) training and is in to see patients (adopters) at the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
Nikki came to the shelter in 2013, reported shelter President Suzyn Barron.
“She used to be undisciplined and disrespectful in her neighborhood. Since being here, she has excelled at school and one day will graduate into a responsible family.
“She is a hugger and a lap-sitter, despite her size, and likes to play dress-up. She is the perfect companion for couch potato parents who also like to go for long, leisurely walks.”
When dressing up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, sight or the ability to breathe and bark or meow. There should be no small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could cause your pet to choke.
Try a dress rehearsal first, and if your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider a festive bandana instead.
There are many dangers out there for our pets on Halloween. Here are some tips to keep your Fido and Fluffy safe from ghouls and goblins:
– Keep the candy away from pets. Chocolate is dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing Xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
– Keep pumpkins and decorative corn away from pets. Considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can produce stomach upset in pets.
– Wires and cords from electric decorations should be out of reach of your pets.
– Exercise caution with lit jack-o-lanterns around pets.
– All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for them, and constant door opening could cause a quick getaway for your pet.
– Always make sure your pet has proper identification. Tags and/or a microchip increase the chance that he will be returned to you.
– Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. Pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal and even kill pets on Halloween night.
– Keep outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranksters. Many shelters do not adopt out black cats during October as a safety precaution, others are extremely strict as to who can adopt them.
Two and a half years ago, Warwick Valley Humane Society partnered with Safe Homes of Orange County thanks to WVHS volunteer, Les Maier, who initiated this collaboration. This Safe Pets program allows victims of domestic violence to leave the abusive home or partner and not leave their pet(s) behind. WVHS boards and cares for these pets without charge to the Safe Homes client nor Safe Homes organization. Together, we can offer a temporary safe haven for humans and animals.
On Oct. 22, 2015, WVHS was honored and humbled to receive the Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award from Safe Homes of Orange County at their annual Celebration of Hope Dinner. We will proudly display this beautiful award at our shelter and I offer my heartfelt thanks to Safe Homes of Orange County for bestowing this recognition on our organization for what we perceive as simply doing the right thing.