Topping off a banner year of accomplishment, Cove Animal Rescue (CAR) will hold its second annual spring gala on Thursday, May 12, at Bayville’s Crescent Beach Club. Enjoy an evening of entertainment with an open bar cocktail hour, from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner, a silent auction and dancing to a nine-piece band.
Proceeds from the gala directly support Cove Animal Rescue’s mission of providing a healthy, safe environment for homeless cats and dogs and placing them in suitable adoptive homes. CAR strives for a cage-free environment to help eliminate the fear and stresses that can make an animal difficult to present for adoption. To this end, private benefactors have made it possible to expand the shelter by 1,800 square feet to create a cage-free colony-like wing for the cats that includes windows, sky lights and cat doors opening to secure open-air enclosures. In addition, a spacious, specially fabricated green-turf outdoor play area has been constructed for the benefit of the dogs.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony, held Sunday, April 10, inaugurated the new additions. Now, just 13 months after taking over management, the facility has been expanded and the day-to-day environment the animals experience has been greatly improved. Since taking charge March 1, 2015, more than 80 dogs have been brought to the shelter as lost or surrendered by their owners. Nearly that same number have left due to placement in new homes or return to their owners. Similarly, the number of senior cats given up by owners and then adopted is near parity. Currently, nearly 100 animals are receiving medical care, food and the loving attention of staff members and volunteers. And, off campus, Cove Animal Rescue is continuing to work with local trappers to reduce the feral cat population with a trap-neuter-release program.
Cove Animal Rescue’s Cause For Paws spring gala at the Crescent Beach Club, 333 Bayville Ave., is the nonprofit organization’s flagship fundraiser of the season. Tickets are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities to help with medical and food expenses are available at the shelter or by mail: 40 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542. For more information, call 516-676-5913.