Last Hope Honors 4 Compassionate People at 35th Anniversary Gala

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*Last Hope is pleased to announce 4 Special Guests were honored at our 35th Anniversary Gala 10/27. Each person has contributed so much to both community animal rescue & community concerns.**

Our Honorees are (in alphabetical) order:

bill-abbott   Bill Abbott, CEO & President of Crown Media Holdings.
Bill has been a supporter of Last Hope and our TNR efforts for feral cats for over 20 years. As president of the Hallmark Channel, he has been so kind to include Last Hope in all 4 Kitten Bowls and the Kitten Summer Games. Last Hope kittens (the Last Hope Lions) & cats have been part of Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl and Kitten Games creative programs promoting adoption for cats on national TV. Last Hope is so thankful for this wonderful opportunity.

janine-dion-214x300        Janine Dion, Executive & Founder of Pet Peeves, Inc,- The Voice of Long Island Pets. For the last 15 years, Janine has been the driving force behind Pet Peeves efforts to give grants to LI animal welfare groups to further their rescue missions, TNR projects, pet therapy programs, food pantries, community outreach, spay/neuter projects, free & low cost medical care outreach, veterinary supplies and other community outreach programs to LI pet owners.

joe-greco Joe Greco, is a 9/11 first responder & member of LI Vettes. He was the impetus behind his car club designating Last Hope as the beneficiary of proceeds year after year at their annual Classic Car Show in Bethpage.
Joe was a NYC narcotics detective who drove into Ground Zero at first news of the attacks and stayed for 3 days trying to help his comrades. He spent over a year, 14 hours a day, working at the Twin Towers site & Staten Island Fresh Kills trying to give distraught families closure. His exposure to the toxins turned him, like so many other brave brethren, into victims, stricken with deadly illnesses. He was forced to retire from the NYPD at age 37. He has spoken before Congress to fund costly medicines for ill first responders. Despite his own suffering, Joe chose Last Hope as his “pet” charity.

liz    Liz Rye, Investigator, Nassau Co. District Attorney’s Animal Crimes Unit.
Liz is retired NYPD narcotics & homicide detective. Rather than relax in retirement, she is using her skills to investigate, arrest and help prosecute dog fighters and cruel/neglectful owners of innocent pets to the full extent of the law. Liz is unrelenting in her desire to save an animal from harm and place the pet in the safest hands.
Lizzie, a starved white Pit; Snoopy, a Lhasa suffering a severe leg injury at the hands of his former owner; Zola, a Pit who lost a loving home when social services had to remove the mentally challenged Mom and her kids from a dangerous situation and Murdock, a long time bait dog from a dog fighting ring became 4 Last Hope dogs now in loving homes because of Liz’s perseverance and compassion.

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