The Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is the only animal care and control shelter in Rockland County, New York. The shelter was founded back in 1973 and now takes in about 2,500 animals each year. Stray, lost, rejected and abused animals are housed, fed and have a safe place to await the arrival of their new adoptive families.
Hi-Tor Animal Care Center provides adoption for those animals in need, as dogs and cats are generally brought to shelters through no fault of their own, and thus are given a second chance. Most animals currently in shelters have the potential to become wonderful friends with the right family.
Today the main reasons for relinquishing pets at the shelter are that the owners are moving and the new landlord is not allowing pets, the family has too many pets already or the family is going through their own financial challenges. Behavioral issues on the pet’s behalf are also a big reason people give up their dogs and cats to local shelters. Most of the animals relinquished are young, not yet seen by a veterinarian and are not spayed or neutered. Most dogs at the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center and shelters nationwide had not received obedience training when they were dropped off or found as a stray.
All of these animals need the help of the community and a facility that provides care and training for animals that require it. Hi-Tor offers a variety of programs that are beneficial to the community, pet owners, and the volunteers.
The mission of the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is to preserve and improve the lives of animals, to promote responsible pet adoption and ownership and to provide humane treatment for all animals in their care.
There are many benefits for people to adopt animals from a shelter. In general it is less expensive to adopt than to purchase an animal. An animal from a shelter is usually already neutered or spayed and up to date on essential vaccinations; also many of the animals from a shelter are potty-trained.
Most importantly, the family adopting a pet from a shelter is saving a life and in return will receive unconditional love from their new best friend.
The Hi-Tor Animal Care Center is in danger of closing its doors this summer due to lack of municipal financial support. Rockland County and the towns the shelter serves are in dispute over who is responsible for funding the shelter. Contractual funding from the towns and county come out to $0.64 per resident per year while the national average is about $8.00.
Hi-Tor is strongly reliant on volunteers and supporters for donations and supplies. However, its meager financial reserves are depleting rapidly.
Animals do not have the ability to protect their rights. It is our responsibility as human beings to prevent cruelty against animals and we must take care of them when the animals are in need.
For almost 39 years, the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center has been serving the communities of Rockland County. We have to help the shelter continue its important work of providing and protecting for our neighborhood animals who become victims of unfortunate circumstances, family tragedies or irresponsible owners.
Dr. Patricia Collins is a co-owner of the Valley Cottage Animal Hospital and has cared for pets at the hospital since 1992. Born in New York City but raised in Germany, Dr. Collins completed her undergraduate education at the University of Munich, Germany, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Ludwiig Maximilian University, Munich, in 1988. Her professional interests include laser surgery, pharmacology, nutrition and internal medicine. Dr. Collins loves being part of a state-of-the-art hospital with a caring, supportive staff and devoted clients.
Dr. Collins enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, gardening and watching her sons’ sports events in her spare time. She is active in a local Greyhound rescue organization and does pro-bono veterinary work at dog shows, and for the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center. She also volunteers at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Collins’ home is filled with pets, including cats, a macaw, a parakeet, fish and a Greyhound.
Patricia J. Collins, DVM