SIlive.com | August 7, 2011
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue will host a fundraiser in memory of Tommy Monahan, a talented athlete who lost his life heroically at age 9 on Dec. 17, 2007, when his Prince’s Bay home caught fire and he tried to rescue his Yorkshire terrier, Sophie, and his pet lizard during the blaze.
The event, set for Sunday, Aug. 21, at P.A.W.S. (Pampered Animal Wellness Spa), Tottenville, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. is sponsored by the Tommy Monahan Group, an organization that raises funds for an animal shelter each year between Tommy’s death anniversary and his birthday, Aug. 29.
This year, the event will benefit Louie’s Legacy for their exceptional work in rescuing homeless and abandoned animals in the New York area, especially on Staten Island. It will feature a variety of activities for animal lovers, including adoption information; guest speakers on animal topics; complimentary advice from professional dog trainers and cat experts; myriad raffles’ sweet treats, and a deejay, E Squared.
Breakaway Soccer will host a table to celebrate another of Tommy’s passions. In addition to the Tommy Monahan Group, a number of other sponsors will participate and a journal especially for the event is in the works.
Ray Pacheco of T-Trainers will be a guest speaker, along with Dr. John Sangiorgio of CompleteCare Veterinary Center and Steve Clohessy of Port Richmond CERT.
Animal groomers, pet sitters and dog trainers will be on hand to answer questions, as well as the area coordinator from Louie’s Legacy, who will discuss fostering and adoption.
A drive for animal donations will be set at the Tommy Monahan table. Pet supplies, food, litter and monetary donations are being accepted. All items will be donated to the animals of Louie’s Legacy in the New York area.
This year, 109 animals from New York City Animal Care and Control have been saved with the number slated to rise to 200 by the end of 2011. In 2010, Louie’s Legacy saved more than 700 animals in New York and Ohio combined.
Adoptions from Louie’s Legacy are all life-saving: Their animals are rescued from death row in the city shelter system. All are invited to attend and join the Louie’s Legacy Family.
Caretakers of rescued animals, both from Louie’s Legacy and otherwise, are particularly encouraged to participate by sharing their rescued animal’s story and having them photographed.
Sponsors are Whiskers and Leo Pet Care, PAWS, T-Trainers and For the Benefit of Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. For additional information, contact Mary-Ellen Rozak at mel@louieslegacy or by phone at 718-755-9302.
P.A.W.S., an organic pet grooming spa, salon and boutique dedicated to special needs pets, is located at 8 Johnson St. Telephone 718-948-7297 for additional information.