We wanted to give back to the community and show that we are always there and willing to support one another. We take care of pets for a living, so we decided to raise money and support those who protect and support us. It’s the right thing to do.
Deer Park, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2014
On 12/17/14 at 1:00pm, Marc Rosenzweig of Willow Pet Hotel will be presenting a check from their 2nd annual fundraiser, which raised $1883.00, for the purchase of canine bulletproof vests for the local K9 units. Additionally, after seeing the story on NEWS 12, Ballistics Expert for NYPD, Sal LaCova of Survival Armor, donated an additional vest for our cause also to be presented at the event.
Willow Pet Hotel’s 2nd Annual Pet Awareness Festival was a great success in raising funding for canine bullet proof vests. MTA K9 officers James Chirillo (K9-Danny), James Finn (K9-Glenn- named after the late Glenn Pettit), Alan Fong (K9-George), Al Kirsch (K9-Sentry) and Robert Savage (K9-Cannan) donated their time by demonstrating how they work with their canines and explaining the importance of bulletproof vests. Since most municipalities lack the funding to provide canine vests, the event was important in creating awareness as well as raising funds for the purchase of vests.
At one point during the fundraiser, the spotlight was on officer James Finn. Officer Finn was interviewed by News 12 Long Island due to his decision to name his dog, K9 Glenn, in honor of NYPD Officer Glenn Pettit, who was tragically killed on September 11th, 2001. With that in mind, Willow Pet Hotel decided to donate these bulletproof vests in honor of Officer Pettit.
On December 17, 2014 at 1pm, Willow Pet Hotel will be hosting the presentation of the vest and monetary donations to pay for 2 additional vests for the United States Police Canine Association region 7 (USPCA7) K9 Division. Officers and their four-legged partners will be in attendance to accept the donations.
The donations exceeded our expectations and two vests were purchased, and the third was donated by Det. Sal LaCova. The vests will be presented to three different police divisions: NYPD Transit Canine Division, MTA canine and NYPD Emergency Services Canine Unit.
“This day is for all of the canines that help protect us every day,” says Willow Pet Hotel owner-operator Marc Rosenzweig. “We wanted to give back to the community and show that we are always there and willing to support one another. We take care of pets for a living, so we decided to raise money and support those who protect and support us. It’s the right thing to do.” Rosenzweig also went on to say that, “This was a day full of fun that brought the community together.”
Willow Pet Hotel is one of Long Island’s oldest and most respected pet boarding establishments. Owned and operated by the Rosenzweig family since 1969, the hotel is a premier facility with modern amenities, an on-call veterinarian and a friendly, caring staff. Voted “Best of Long Island” by the Long Island Press, Willow Pet Hotel is the only pet boarding facility on Long Island that is registered and inspected by the USDA. In addition to being an upscale home-away-from-home for cats and dogs, Willow Pet Hotel also welcomes birds and other domestic animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, and even pot-bellied pigs.