Ruth Toporoff Donates to Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue to Find New Homes for Abandoned Dogs

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Ruth Toporoff, a local resident of Bedford, NY, is supporting Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue with a donation of $25,000 to support the humane treatment of animals and to find homes for abandoned and stray dogs.

Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue has saved more than 1,600 dogs from high-kill shelters and neglectful situations ...

Ruth Toporoff, a local resident of Bedford, NY, is supporting Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue with a donation of $25,000 to support the humane treatment of animals and to find homes for abandoned and stray dogs.

Founded in 2011 in Long Island, New York, as a 501(c3) non-profit organization, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue has saved more than 1,600 dogs from high-kill shelters and neglectful situations, often in the Southern United States where the problem is particularly pronounced. As an early supporter of this organization, Ruth Toporoff has focused on finding foster families for these animals and transforming them into healthy pets.

Ms. Toporoff said, “Gimme Shelter is devoted to saving the lives of homeless puppies and dogs by relieving overcrowded and understaffed animal shelters. Its success in placing abandoned animals where they can thrive and enjoy the love of their new owners fills a desperately needed humanitarian gap. Thanks to its amazing donors, as well as its dedicated and hard-working volunteers, Gimme Shelter makes tireless efforts to save as many dogs as possible.”

Ms. Toporoff went on to describe the central role of Gimme Shelter’s President, Michelle Neufeld Montak, in spending many hours to save and care for each animal. Services range from finding these animals in the first place, to cleaning them up, bringing them to and from the vet for health certificates and shots, and checking their temperament. All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to being transported to foster homes.

Gimme Shelter uses these foster homes to evaluate its animals prior to matching them with a permanent owner. This unique system has resulted in many successful placements, and Ruth Toporoff has participated in this program herself with the fostering and adoption of two puppies, in addition to her financial support.

Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue was voted “Best Rescue in the Hamptons” for three consecutive
years. Ms. Toporoff has also supported other animal-centered organizations such as 13 Hands Equine Rescue and Endeavor Therapeutic Horsemanship as well as participating in regional dressage competitions.

Ms. Toporoff concluded, “My heart breaks when I see these poor innocent animals mistreated and left for dead. My goal in supporting Gimme Shelter is simple: find a nice, loving ‘furever’ home for an otherwise condemned animal.”

About Ruth Toporoff

Ruth Toporoff actively supports animal rights. An owner and rider of dressage horses, she is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and maintains horses at her home in Bedford, New York. One of the first women to run a heavy construction company as a WBE business, she has won million-dollar contracts from the MTA for subway expansions and infrastructure.

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