First, a reminder that I’ll be hosting a chat today at noon. Second, the details of today’s HOPE Week event as explained by the Yankees…
The New York Yankees are proud to hold the third day of HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Wednesday, July 10, by celebrating the New Beginning Animal Rescue (NBAR), located in the Bronx. Yankees players Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley will surprise NBAR founder Pedro Rosario and his staff, which includes local youth who are getting the chance to gain valuable animal-care skills at a young age. The players will take a tour of the facility and assist with daily chores. Later in the evening when gates at Yankee Stadium open to ticketholders at 5:00 p.m., NBAR will host an information booth at Gate 4, where fans can talk to Rosario about NBAR and see photos of some of the animals in NBAR’s care. The information booth will remain open through the fifth inning.
THE STORY OF NEW BEGINNING ANIMAL RESCUE
Dating back to his days growing up in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Rosario has always taken care of animals. It was only natural that his love of animals extended into his professional life, and in 1996, he began a career at New York City Animal Care and Control, rising through the ranks during the course of 16 successful years.
While his work was always intensely rewarding, it was too often filled with heartbreak. New Yorkers brought in a never-ending stream of cats and dogs, but there were never enough adoptive homes to keep up with supply. The time came in 2012 when Rosario thought he could do more good on his own, and he created the not-for-profit New Beginning Animal Rescue (NBAR) in an industrial part of the Castle Hill section of the East Bronx.
Rosario operates NBAR on a shoestring budget, trying to care for up to 80 dogs and 60 cats at any given time. His organization relies solely on donations and adoption fees, and it is almost impossible to cover all of the group’s costs.
NBAR is dedicated to pet adoption. The organization takes in unwanted, abandoned, abused or stray pets and attempts to find suitable homes for each of them. The group is run by volunteers, who take care of the animals at a kennel in the Bronx and foster them in their own homes. Some of the volunteers are local high school students who gain a sense of pride and purpose in caring for the animals.
Photo from the Yankees