“The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is run by a board of volunteers dedicated to helping individuals who work tirelessly to help animals in need of rescue and rehabilitation,”
To purchase tickets to the Black Tails Gala, or for more information on the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals, visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org. Nonprofit animal rescue organizations are invited to download a grant application at www.purrnpoochfoundation.org or by calling 732-614-2668. In 2011, the Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations:
About the Black Tails Gala Honorees
Jerome (Jerry) Rosenthal is currently the interim Executive Director of the Monmouth County SPCA. Jerry has spent the past 25 years in the financial services industry in a variety of financial management, marketing and product development positions. Jerry received a BA from Haverford College and a MBA from Columbia University. He currently resides in Little Silver, New Jersey with his wife, Cionna, and three daughters. Jerry is the nephew of Gladys H. Rosenthal and the late Alfred H. Rosenthal for whom the Rosenthal Building and new Rosenthal Imaging and Treatment Center are named at Penn Vet. He is carrying on the Rosenthal family’s distinguished support of the clinical and educational mission of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The family recently funded the launch of the Shelter Animal Medicine Program by funding the surgeon’s position.
Salem City, NJ K-9 Officer Jordan, the Gala's four-legged Honoree, is a five-year-old German shepherd, certified in patrol and narcotics and the only K-9 officer in his department. Jordan was shot in the left side of his chest on January 26th, 2011 after he and Salem City police officers responded to a 911 call. Jordan was immediately treated at the Tri-County Veterinary Hospital in Pilesgrove, NJ then transported to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital in Philadelphia where donations helped to pay for Jordan’s medical expenses.
“Jordan returned to work four-months after the shooting like nothing ever happened to him, which amazes me. He is my best friend and my hero,” said Sergeant Bill Robinson, Salem City Police Department. “Jordan loves to go to work with me and in down time he loves to play fetch with his Kong ball like any other family pet. I've been a police officer for 17 years, spending the last 12 years as a K-9 handler. Jordan is my second K-9 partner and it's an honor to serve with him.”
“The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is thrilled to honor K-9 Officer Jordan. It’s critical that we bring to light the important role K-9 dogs like Jordan play in the safety of communities across New Jersey and the country,” said Koren Palazzo Spadavecchia, Vice President, Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. “K-9 programs assist police departments in their efforts to provide communities with the most efficient police teams possible. They are the unsung heroes in our community.”