Written by Jane Lawrence Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00
In keeping with Subaru’s corporate social philosophy of giving back to the community, North Coast Subaru recently hosted a Love a Pet adoption and donation drive in association with the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League.
The dealership in Glen Cove has been owned and operated by the Santoro family for more than 35 years and is now managed by brothers Bill and Angelo. Bill Santoro explained, “We wanted to do something that fit with our clientele and give back to the community as well. The idea came to create an awareness of the Animal Lovers League.”
Thomas Robbins, Internet and marketing manager, spearheaded the event, “but really,” said Robbins, “everyone who works here pitched in.”
On Saturday, March 8, the showroom floor was taken over by animals and animal lovers alike. Volunteers from the shelter brought cats and dogs available for adoption, members of the community came to drop off donations of food and supplies for the shelter animals and customers were treated to free give-aways, including Subaru dog leashes and bright tee shirts from the Animal Lovers League. Alison Robbins, owner of Caring 4 Paws, helped run the raffle booth and donated three gift certificates for in-home pet grooming services to round out the three raffle bags of products. All proceeds from the raffle were donated to the shelter.
Joan Phillips, president and co-founder of the Animals Lovers League, was delighted to partner with North Coast Subaru for this event and was pleased by the response. “We rely heavily on donations and the efforts of all the volunteers,” said Phillips, “since only about 25 percent of our operating expenses are covered by the city.”
The Animal Lovers League was founded in 1994, when, under then Mayor Tom Suozzi, the city privatized the shelter in an effort to provide a more humane setting for homeless animals. “The conditions were horrendous,” said Phillips, “and the shelter was sadly in need of renovation and an adoption program. Every Friday animals were being euthanized.”
Today the Animal Lovers League operates out of a clean, modern facility and is the only privatized municipal shelter in Nassau County. “We provide 365-days-a-year coverage for the city,” said Phillips.
In addition to running adoption programs and providing long term homes for cats and dogs that are not adoptable, the Animal Lovers League takes in injured animals and also removes dead animals from our roads. Their Trap Neuter Release program trains volunteers to trap feral cats which are neutered at the shelter by volunteer veterinarians and then released back into the wild.
“After three years of running the program,” said Phillips, “we started to see a huge decline in the number of stray kittens.”
Future plans for the Animal Lovers League include expanding to create an education center where children can learn about the plight of the animals and proper animal care and where trainings for careers in animal welfare can be conducted. Future plans for the Santoro brothers and North Coast Subaru include more events such as this one, to give back to the community that has been so supportive of them for so many years.