In a heartwarming display of kindness and community, the Oceanside Care Center invited the Animal Adoption Unit from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for the first time on Friday Nov. 3rd. The special visit offered comfort and delight to the elderly residents of the care center and also welcomed community members to stop by to adopt an animal.
“The residents didn’t know what to expect,” said Theresa Azzaretto, activities director at the Oceanside Care Center. “When they came out, they were excited and happy and just wanted to hug, pet and touch them. I like to bring in the animals to make them feel better about themselves.”
The ASPCA is a non-profit organization based in Manhattan that houses animals who have been subjected to abuse and helps them find homes through their adoption initiative.
“We generally look to find dogs and cats homes,” said Christopher Wilson, admissions and placement team member at the ASPCA. “It’s very fun and rewarding being able to come out and give them opportunities that they may not have at the shelter. They get to see so many people here who are hopefully looking to adopt.”
Similar to their visit to the care center, the ASPCA travels throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island in search of people who are interested in giving one of the animals a permanent home.
“It was fascinating. The dogs are so well behaved,” said Eleanor O’Kelly, one of the residents at the care center. “None of them barked or tried to bite you. They were like perfect gentlemen on a first date. I wish I could take one in.”
Paul Larosa, a resident at the care center agreed with O’Kelly’s sentiments.
“I enjoyed seeing the animals and I wished they would’ve brought them in the backyard so they could’ve had more space to run around,” he said. “I would’ve liked to have more time with them.”
Towards the end of the event, one of the staff members at the care center spontaneously adopted one lucky baby kitten named Reign and was delighted to bring her home.
“I felt like I’ve always wanted an animal of my own,” said Myrna Gregoire, a recreation aide at the care center. “Seeing her on the truck today, she was calling to me since I got here. I am more than excited to start this journey with a little kitten and see her grow.”