The team of 13 year old boys, who play Bantam III ice hockey in the PAL hockey association, conducted a holiday drive during December at their home arena, the Rinx Skating Center in Hauppauge, NY, to collect needed items for the Pets for Vets Chapter’s welcome package, which is given to each veteran during the presentation of the dog or cat to the vet. These items include leashes, collar, food, crate, and other items needed to take care of the animal for the first six months.
This particular welcome package will be accompanying Georgia, a beagle rescued from Brookhaven Animal Shelter, when she has completed her training and is placed with a veteran known as Senior Airman Dave, a resident of Suffolk County, NY.
Pets for Vets New York City Long Island chapter director Tanya Liard praises these 13 year olds, saying, “At a time when most kids their age are concentrating on Christmas/ Hanukah for themselves and their families, these boys helped to raise awareness and donations for our charity. They embody the spirit of what Pets for Vets is about, and that’s helping to save lives of both shelter animals and the veterans who served our country. It was a remarkable thing that they did, taking time out to help both Senior Airman Dave and Georgia. This welcome package will have that much more meaning and is another step in bringing our newest pair together.”
The New York City Long Island Chapter of Pets for Vets (http://pets-