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Save-A-Pet Urges LI Pet Lovers to Adopt a Shelter Dog During the Month of October

October 1, 2009

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and one more reason for all animal lovers to visit the Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center and take home a shelter dog waiting to be adopted and brought into a loving home.

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month was launched by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to bring attention to dogs in animal shelters that are looking for a home. According to the ASPCA, 10 million animals enter local shelters across the U.S. But due to the current state of the economy and a large number of foreclosures, even more mixed and purebred dogs have found their way into shelters. "Sadly, many dogs have been innocent victims of the economic crisis and have been abandoned by owners who cannot afford to care for them anymore," said Dori Scofield, Founder and President, Save-A-Pet.

"Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month is about giving a homeless animal the promise of a new life and also about spreading awareness about responsible pet care," Ms. Scofield commented, adding that it is a common misconception that shelter dogs are there due to behavioral problems. "There are many different reasons dogs end up in a shelter. Most of them are wonderful, built-in family dogs."

Ms. Scofield said those who already own a pet, or are not yet ready to adopt one, can still support Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month by volunteering at Save-A-Pet, or donating or purchasing an item from Castaways, Save-A-Pet's specialty retail pet store located in the village of Port Jefferson. All sales proceeds from Castaways will directly support a shelter dog.

Castaways Lands in Port Jefferson

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center opened up its pet retail store, Castaways, located at 25 Chandler Square in the village of Port Jefferson. The store will help Save-A-Pet spread the message of pet adoption as the best option to ending the plight of dogs bred in pet shops and puppy mills.

This unique pet store specializes in retail items for pets, as well as T-shirts and magnets for proud owners. Animals will also be available for adoption. All sales proceeds will go to benefit Save-A-Pet in helping the animals at its no-kill shelter.

“This is a new wave in retail pet stores in which customers can shop and adopt,” said Dori Scofield, Founder and President, Save-A-Pet. “By making a purchase at Castaways, you will directly be helping an orphaned animal. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

In addition, Castaways offers customers valuable information on pet rescue and adoptions. “We are offering information on spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership and assist adopters in choosing the best pet for their family,” Ms. Scofield said.

Save-A-Pet Receives Check from Brookhaven Unico

Pictured (left to right): Cetta Mastronardi, President, Brookhaven UNICO; Dori Scofield, President/Founder, Save-A-Pet; and Lynne Schoepfer, Executive Director, Save-A-Pet.

Save-A-Pet Receives
Check from Brookhaven UNICO

July 23, 2009

On July 23, Cetta Mastronardi, President, Brookhaven UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States, presented Dori Scofield, President and Founder of Save-A-Pet, with a check for $500. The money will be used to help Save-A-Pet continue its spay and neuter, adoption, rescue, and vaccination programs.

Pictured: Lynne Schoepfer (front row, left), Executive Director of Save-A-Pet, Dori Scofield (front row, center), and President/Founder of Save-A-Pet, are joined by Dori's Cane Corsos, Baci and Dante, and staff of Save-A-Pet staff members and volunteers, members of Rescue Ink, and local participants in the 4th annual Ruff Riders Rally.

Save-A-Pet and Other Animal Lovers
Rally For A Good Cause

July 12, 2009

On July 12, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center hosted its 4th annual Ruff Riders Rally. Save-A-Pet staff and volunteers, along with other animal lovers, got on their motorcycles and rode from Bald Hill in Farmingville, through the south shore of Long Island, and back up to Centereach. The event helped raise money for Save-A-Pet to help continue its spay/neuter, adoption, rescue and vaccination programs.

Save-A-Pet Announces
"Hounds On The Sound" Contest Winners

June 18, 2009

On June 7, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center held its 10th annual “Hounds On The Sound” 3K Dog Walk and Adoption Event at the picturesque Port Jefferson Harbor Memorial Park. The contest was for Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike, Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog and Best Trick. The Winners of this year’s contests included:

Best Look-Alike — (tie) “Benny,” a Westie Mix, owned by Tom Riker of the Bronx, and “Daisy,” a Cocker Spaniel, owned by Melissa Iorio of Smithtown
Smallest Dog — “Cally,” a Yorkshire Terrier, owned by Karen McGuire of Coram
Biggest Dog — “Thunder,” a Great Dane, owned by Mary Ann Harding of Port Jefferson Station
Best Trick — “Rocco,” a ball-catching American Eskimo dog, owned by John Tsavos of Holbrook, and “Benny,” a dancing maltipoo, owned by Sue Gallagher of Holtsville.

In addition to the contest, the event included live music, food, vendors and raffles. All money raised will support Save-A-Pet’s rescue and adoption programs as well as its feral cat spay and neuter clinic.

PennyPennies for Penny

Meet Penny. She is a beautiful young, purebred Rottweiler who was hit by a car on Sunrise Highway. Penny suffered a severe injury to her front left leg that requires surgery to repair it. The surgery costs $1,800 and, although times are tough, we are asking everyone to donate their spare change. You can drop off your "Pennies for Penny" at Save-A-Pet seven days a week, or you can contribute through our website by clicking on the donate button on the right. Please help us get Penny back on her feet and into a new home! She is depending on you.

Dori Scofield Honored at Town of Brookhaven?s Women?s Recognition Awards Ceremony

Dori Scofield (right), President/Founder, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, poses with her award with Nancy Ellis (left), Member, Women’s Services Advisory Board, Town of Brookhaven.

Dori Scofield Honored at
Town of Brookhaven’s Women’s
Recognition Awards Ceremony

March 30, 2009

Dori Scofield, President/Founder of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, was one of 11 women honored by the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women’s Services at the 23rd Annual Women’s Recognition awards ceremony on March 26 at Brookhaven Town Hall. Ms. Scofield was honored for her work as a Community Service Professional.

In her speech, Ms. Scofield thanked her family, friends and volunteers at Save-A-Pet. She also talked about her mission to save and protect all abused and neglected animals.

Save-A-Pet Receives $10,000 Donation from Pet Peeves

Dori Scofield (left), President/Founder, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, and Lynne Schoepfer (right), Executive Director, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, hold up a $10,000 check they received from Pet Peeves, Inc.

Save-A-Pet Receives $10,000 Donation from Pet Peeves

January 27, 2009

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center received a check in the amount of $10,000 from Pet Peeves, Inc., an organization which provides financial support for animal shelters, pet rescue groups and pet therapy programs. The money will be used by Save-A-Pet to pay for the medical treatments of the animals which are currently being sheltered.

Break-In at Save-A-Pet

On the morning of December 24, a Port Jefferson Station man broke into Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center and threw around cages which housed cats and kittens. Three windows were broken during the incident. Twenty-five cats got out of their cages and five escaped out the broken windows. We got three back but two are still missing out in the cold. Suffolk County Police later arrested the man and charged him with burglary.

To replace the cages inside the animal shelter — including those that were damaged in the break-in — each condo would cost over $700. "These condos are made of wood, and they are sealed and coated," Ms. Scofield said. "They are bigger and better than the cages, and it would help cut down the spread of common viruses. These condos will make the animals more comfortable while in our care."

Anyone who donates $100 or more receives a brass plate on the condo with either their name, their pet’s name, or in the memory of a pet engraved on the plate. Anyone who covers the entire cost of the condo gets a wood plaque with a name plate on their own condo.

Break-In at Save-A-Pet

Save-A-Pet is seeking donations to help cover the cost of new pet condos to replace the existing steel cages, some of which were destroyed.

Donate $100 or more and you will receive a brass plate on a condo with your name, your pet's name, or in memory of.

Donate $700 (the cost of a condo) and you will receive a wood plaque on your own condo with your name, your pet's name, or in memory of.

Please use the button below to make a donation:

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Dori Scofield with Jonathan Abrams, Gershow Recycling, holding Chopin

Save-A-Pet Receives $1,000 Donation
for "Gianni Memorial Fund"
from Gershow Recycling

December 4, 2008

Jonathan Abrams, Manager, Gershow Recycling presents a $1,000 check to Dori Scofield, President/Founder, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption, at Save-A-Pet's office in Port Jefferson Station on December 3. The money will go towards Save-A-Pet's "Gianni Memorial Fund," which will be used to benefit the animal shelter. The fund was established in the name of Ms. Scofield's beloved dog, Gianni, which lost its life in an August 5 fire at Ms. Scofield's residence. Gianni, along with seven other dogs and four cats, perished in the blaze. Mr. Abrams is holding Chopin, a Burmese mountain dog that was rescued by Save-A-Pet volunteers, and is available for adoption.

2008 Annual Waldo Award

Save-A-Pet Presents Suffolk County Legislator Daniel Losquadro With
Annual Waldo Award

November 19, 2008

Pictured (left to right): Lynne Schoepfer, Executive Director, Save-A-Pet; Dori Scofield, Founder, Save-A-Pet; and Suffolk County Legislator Daniel Losquadro.

Save-A-Pet Founder Dori Scofield and Executive Director Lynne Schoepfer presented Suffolk County Legislator Daniel Losquadro with the 9th Annual Waldo Award at the annual Fur Ball — "For The Love of Animals," which was held November 13 at Flowerfields in St. James. Legislator Losquadro was honored for his efforts in launching the feral cat program.

The Waldo Award (named after a rescued Neapolitan Mastiff) is the most prestigious award at Save-A-Pet. Each year the organization chooses a member of the community who has demonstrated great commitment to helping save the lives of animals.

Ruff Riders Rally

Pictured from left to right are Lynn Schoepfer, Executive Director of Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center; C.L.I.F.F.S. clinic employees Sue Manolakis and Kristin Lucadamo; and Dori Scofield, Founder/President of Save-A-Pet in front of Save-A-Pet's C.L.I.F.F.S. clinic in Port Jefferson Station.

Save-a-Pet Receives $10,000 Grant
from PetSmart® Charities
to Spay/Neuter 270 Cats

August 5, 2008

Port Jefferson, New York - Save-A-Pet recently received a $10,000 grant to spay/neuter 270 cats of lower income residents from PetSmart® Charities. The effort is part of Save-A-Pet's 3-year-old pet sterilization program, which has altered more than 1,000 animals per year on average, helping to proactively fight the area's dire pet overpopulation problem.

Save-a-Pet provides spay/neuter services for area pets and strays at the organization's C.L.I.F.F.S. clinic. The PetSmart® Charities funding makes these services available for free for to those lower income persons who qualify.

"We are very pleased that with this grant we will be able to further reduce the overpopulation problem in our area, and are happy to be able to provide this service to our area's lower income residents, many of whom have pets and may be unable to afford spay/neuter services," said Dori Scofield, Founder/President of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue.

For more information about Save-A-Pet's spay/neuter program, C.L.I.F.F.S. clinic, and the PetSmart® Charities program for lower income residents, please call (631) 473-6333.

Save-A-Pet teams up with
the guys from Rescue Ink

April 1, 2008


Rescue Ink and Save-A-Pet came to the rescue for Sammy, the Pit Bull, who was left tied up for days without food or water, Chelsea, another abandoned Pit Bull, and Little Chico, a fun loving Yorkie that was going to be put to sleep at a high kill shelter. Together we can make a difference for the animals of New York and beyond!

Newsday LI Life

Download Newsday, April 27, 2008 Article on Rescue Ink and Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue (PDF)

2007 Hounds on the Sound

Maximus Succumbs to Burn Injuries

July 17, 2007

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, regret to announce the passing of Maximus, the two-year-old pit bull mix who was chained to a fence and burned in a horrific act of animal cruelty, last Thursday evening (July 12) in Brentwood.

Maximus suffered burns to more than 60 percent of his body, leaving his skin raw and his outlook grim. Maximus succumbed to his injuries early this morning at the Veterinary Medical Center in West Islip.

"Our entire staff and Maximus' physician Linda Loudon made every effort to save him." Dr. Reed Zaroff, owner of the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island, said. "Everyone at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island was shocked by this crime and heartbroken at the loss of Maximus."

Maximus passed away shortly after 12 a.m. today, Dr. Loudon said.

"The trauma was too much for Maximus to handle," Dr. Loudon said.

Maximus was brought to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island last Thursday by the Town of Islip Animal Shelter, which was contacted by a concerned citizen. Loudon contacted Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption, located in Port Jefferson Station, which agreed to assist the medical center in funding Maximus' treatment. From that time until his passing, the Maximus had been under the constant care of the staff at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island.

Donations are still being collected to defray the costs of Maximus' treatment. For information, contact the Veterinary Medical Center at 631-587-0800 or online at www.vmcli.com. Contact Save-A-Pet at 631-473-6333 or www.saveapetli.net.

Save-A-Pet Seeks Help for Badly Burned Dog Left to Die

July 16, 2007

Donations are needed to help "Maximus," a mix breed who was chained to a tree, doused with gasoline and set on fire this past week. The badly burned animal was taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island for emergency care by a concerned resident.

Maximus has 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body and so far he has already incurred over $3,000 in medical expenses. However, his vet and Dori Scofield, Founder/Director of Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue believe his chances for survival are good.

Despite his terrible ordeal and the brutality he has endured, Maximus appears to hold no grudges and is alert and friendly to everyone at the VMCLI, wagging his tail and licking the staff caring for him.

"We can't allow such horrific crimes to be committed against our companion animals. Although Maximus has made progress, he needs a great deal of treatment and has a long road of recovery ahead," according to Ms. Scofield. With love and proper medical care, Scofield is hopeful that Save-A-Pet will be able to find a forever home for Maximus.

Maximus was found in Brentwood, but neither his owners or the perpetrators have been found.

C.L.I.F.F.S. Clinic Grand Opening

C.L.I.F.F.S. Clinic held Grand Opening

January 23, 2007

We are very excited at Save-A-Pet! We have expanded our Trap/Neuter/Release Program for feral cats by opening a low cost spay/neuter clinic. Aptly named after our beloved friend Dr. Cliff Conark. C.L.I.F.F.S., which stands for Creating Long Islands Feral Feline Solution, is Long Island's first veterinary clinic specifically for feral cats. The clinic is dedicated to decreasing the number of "wild" cats by providing spaying, neutering, and vaccination services at a nominal fee. We must curb the over population of feral cats on Long Island. Please donate funds for our clinic. It is a true community effort. Your donation of $30.00 will help support our clinic. Download the C.L.I.F.F.S. Clinic brochure for more information.

Pictured from left to right are: Kristen Lucadamo, C.L.I.F.F.S. volunteer; Lynda Loudon, DVM; Suffolk County Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher; Dori Scofield, director, Save-A-Pet; Suffolk County Legis. Daniel P. Losquadro; Lynne Schoepfer, C.L.I.F.F.S. volunteer.

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