Hi-Tor Donations Keep Shelter Open Through 2012

Before these donations, it was only able to stay open and operate to July 2012


$88,000. That's how much Hi-Tor Animal Shelter received in public donations as of the end of April. That's also the magic number that's going to keep Rockland's only animal shelter open through the rest of 2012. Due to financial difficulties and the condition of the building, this shelter is at risk at shutting down.

"Before we were not sure if we were going to make it to July," said Roberta Bangs, President of Hi-Tor Board of Directors. "We still need a lot more help though.

Currently, they have 39 dogs and only 30 kennels and seven are in foster care. There are 70 cats and 30-40 of them are with foster families. 

"Thanks to Rockland County citizens, we have enough to make it through to the end of the year," she said at the Nanuet Civic Association meeting on Thursday night. She is also on the board of this civic association. 

At the end of the meeting, the association members decided to donate $250 to the shelter. Fundraising efforts are continuing throughout the county, including a , from now through June and of course, monetary donations to the shelter itself.

Catherine August 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Chris - you are highly misinformed. The board has been supporting fund raising activities across the county all year with multiple groups of volunteers, independent businesses, youth groups, etc. All of the heating issues were explained at the legislative meeting, had you been in attendance you would not post the untrue statements above. The movement is in place to rebuild a new facility as the one built 40 years ago is obsolete. Had the county actually maintained the facility at a minimum level over that time, the shelter would not be in the condition it is today. They chose to neglect it, and this is where they are now. The organization is looking for a lease on land only from the town & they will own & operate their own building. It will have green elements & ongoing fund raising events & merchandise to sustain it in the future. Licensed contractors across the county have stepped up & offered free services & equipment ( plumbing, electric, roofing, windows, etc.) but the county will not allow anyone but county workers to do any repairs. Since the building was deemed obsolete in 2001, they do not put resources toward it. The Patch & Journal News all have published articles about all that has been happening for the past year. I respectfully ask you educate yourself on the situation, the renovation plan was passed, however, given the county is bankrupt, the shelter will never get the funding. www.rebuildhitor.org/ will give the county residents a facility they deserve.
Catherine August 07, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The shelter is a county owned building & therefore, no one but the county can touch it. The Hi Tor group is not allowed to have any licensed professionals come in & fix anything at all. Please go to rebuildhitor.org and join the effort.
Catherine August 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Correct. The building is managed by the County & is completely mismanaged in that they do not put any effort into it. It was deemed obsolete in 2001 & the county has done nothing to rectify the situation.
Chris August 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Hello Catherine... you can believe what you wish to but there is a lot of tension all around at that place and there is a lot of conflict going on. Something needs to change. I don't believe half of what they say publicly because they love to put a positive spin on everything no matter how unpleasant the reality is. You can choose accept what they feed you but the place has major problems that don't even address the condition of the building. My eyes are wide open to what is going on and I don't believe what they choose to dish out. Thanks anyway Catherine.
Chris October 01, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Can we count on the money running out by the end of the year and the place shutting down in December?


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