Extraordinary People: Pet Pride of New York

Extraordinary People

Working in animal rescue can be difficult, emotionally and physically. But one local woman leads a rescue where they would do just about anything for the cats they save every day.

7 years ago, Debbie Crocker told her friend on the board she’d help out while they found a replacement at the shelter. Now, she’s the operations manager, and her role at Pet Pride of New York just keeps growing. 

“There’s always a cat out there that needs you, everywhere, always. We all feel that way,” said Crocker. 

She and her dedicated staff would do just about anything for the cats they rescue, no matter how hard it is to keep up.

“We have maybe 800-1000 calls a year for people who want to surrender these animals. Look how sweet they are, they need help. They need somebody to be an advocate for them,” said Crocker. “We’ve had cats that we’ve had to rescue because they’re about to be poisoned because people don’t want them. We have cats, one that was found under a trailer, she’d been living there a year.”

“It’s not always easy dealing with the calls and people can be harsh,” said Licensed Vet Tech, Ronda Stiles. 

And the staff knows they can count on Debbie’s support while she works to get them everything they need. 

“She’s always there and when we need her, she keeps us in line but she let’s us run the shelter which I think brings it all in,” said Stiles. 

For all of the work done at the no-kill shelter, the cats are fur-ever grateful.

The 30 cats currently at Pet Pride, go through about 40-45 cases of food each month, plus liter and medical care. But, nothing will stop the staff at Pet Pride from helping.

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