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September 17, 2013

Help for Niagara pets and owners in need

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The dog’s name, Aasha, means hope in Sanscrit, explained Gary, “and we know all dogs go to heaven, so that why we named our organization Hope before Heaven.”

Over in Akron, another pet business is reaching out to help animal assistance programs throughout Western New York. The company, formed in January by veterinarian Glenn Buckley, called Pet Rescue RX, is an online pet medication site, and all the proceeds from purchases goes to non-profits that help animals of all kinds. 

“A hundred percent of our net profits are going to be turned back to pet shelters and animal rescue places,” said Buckley, who owns two animal hospitals in Florida. “We take no compensation,” he said of himself and his partner, his brother, Scott Buckley, of Akron. 

“The pet medication industry is huge,” he said. “Over $8 billion a year is spent and we’re not asking for a donation, we’re asking you to buy what you normally buy for your pets. If we make this successful we can make a tremendous impact on the organizations that need us.”

Buckley encourages all non-profit animal organizations to sign up for assistance on his website at www.petrescuerx.com.

Another organization that has been set up to assist pet owners is Niagara Pet Food Pantry, located at 8600 Buffalo Ave. and open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Paulette Coty-D’Antuono, who founded the pantry, is holding a free microchip clinic at 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Pet owners are asked to bring leashed pets who have already received rabies shots. Dr. Kristen Ruest of The Village Vet in Lewiston will administer the microchip shots. 

“I do it because the animals need our help,”  said Coty-D’Antuono, of the pantry, adding the project keeps her mind off family issues, including the health of her son who is battling cancer. Since she opened the panty she’s helped about 250 pet owners.  

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