Our sincere thanks to Alexa Whiteman, Kerry Berthelon, Sabrina Aichoun and Julia Macpherson from Girl Scout troop 5406 in Eltingville Staten Island. The troop raised $150 to help homeless animals by selling pens and wallets that they made. They also donated food, toys and treats! Well done!

A big thank you to our friends at Bay Ridge Nissan. Through their matching Facebook fundraiser program they raised $1,246.00 to help homeless animals. Representing us for the check presentation were Lisa Rooney, Marcia Shey, Jo Ann and Tony Raimondi.

Our thanks to Andy and Mary Altieri and their precious Pits, Kimba & Casey for their $53.00 donation.

Our thanks to the students of Public School 3 - The Margaret Gioiosa Pleasant Planes School in Staten Island for participating in "Project Paws", a community service project to collect new and gently used items for dogs and cats waiting to be adopted through P.L.U.T.O. Rescue. Team 2-205 spearheaded "Project Paws" by collecting items such as food bowls, dog and cat food, leashes, beds, toys, bones, dental chews, treats, collars, and other items that dogs and cats can use. Additional thanks to Principal Judith Wilson and teacher Dorothy Cabello for making this possible.

A big thank you to Mary & Erin McTarsney from Staten Island Girl Scout Troup 5232. They donated a wonderful collection of pet supplies to help the familes affected by Hurricane Sandy.

P.L.U.T.O. Rescue received $800 from South Richmond High School/P25R, Pleasant Plains. The presentation was made on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at the school to our volunteer and foster mom, Leslie Wallace (R).The donation came courtesy of the Step Ahead Entrepreneurship program. As part of the program, students created a bakery business on-site using the school's bake shop. On hand was student Rafael Barrios (C) and South Shore City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (L), who provided funding for the program. The donation included pet food. (Photo courtesy of Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)

JUNE 6, 2012 - STATEN ISLAND, N.Y . - MIDLAND BEACH - Families served by Project Hospitality and dogs from P.L.U.T.O. Rescue were presented donations from residents at Island Shores Senior Residence for older adults on Father Capodanno Boulevard. Residents raised just under $2,500 during their annual holiday fair last year, and wanted to give back to worthy Staten Island charities. Project Hospitality, the Port Richmond-based non-profit that feeds the hungry and shelters homeless families and adults on Staten Island, received a big-screen television to facilitate family activities. Pet Lovers United Together as One (P.L.U.T.O.) Rescue, an all-volunteer, no-kill rescue center, received a donation of just over $1,200. "Our residents are an important part of the fabric of Staten Island, and they wanted to give back to the community," said Kimberly Brown, director of community outreach for Island Shores. "I enjoy doing all the work. If my work helps someone in need, I feel good," said resident Lucy Divillo. Residents made the holiday fair a success by crafting, wrapping gift baskets, and decorating for the party. The organizations receiving the gifts said they will be put to good use. "We are so grateful to Island Shores for this gift," said the Rev. Terry Troia, executive director of Project Hospitality. "This gift will be an integral part of family and youth learning, and advance the education of our youth and families," she said. "We will be able to show educational videos for our families, offer movie nights to community youth, use the TV in training, class work, and workshops." Brad Shey, a volunteer with P.L.U.T.O Rescue, said the seniors' donation will be used "to provide food shelter, medical care, vaccinations and spay/neuter for the cats and dogs that we rescue, until we can place them in a permanent, safe, and loving home." Island Shores is an all-inclusive living complex for older adults, providing private rooms, meals and social and recreation opportunities. For information go to www.islandshores.org.

Our thanks to the students of the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership for their generous donation of $1,500 raised through the Penny Harvest program. P.L.U.T.O. Rescue volunteers Leslie Wallace and Tony Raimondi accepted their check on our behalf. 

We thank teacher Dorothy Cabello (above left) and the 2nd & 3rd grade students from the P.S. 3 Annex for their Project Paws donations of toys and food!

Cameron Barraco tells how she raised money for P.L.U.T.O. Rescue!!

Left to right.. P.L.U.T.O. Rescue volunteer Leslie Wallace, Cameron Barraco, P.LU.T.O. Rescue volunteer Vinnie Martinelli and Lisa Rooney.


Our Lady Queen of Peace 4th graders, GiannaVinciguerra, Madison Gioia and Julia Kennedy sold handmade pom pom crafts at their school's Peddler's Village to raise $160.00 for P.L.U.T.O. Rescue!! Their friend Alexa Baslin, a 4th grader at the Petrides School, sold beautiful handmade beaded jewelry at the Peddler's Village and is also donating the proceeds to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue! Thanks girls!!!! 


 Congratulations to the students at the GaynorMcCown Expeditionary Learning School. With the help of their teachers, Jaime Rivera, Kara Grossman and Diane Colli and Nancy Narisco of The Bake Shoppe in Tottenville, Staten Island they spent hours deocrating dozens of special cookies as part of a week-long "intensive" called "Cookies for a Cause". While learning about community needs and philanthropy the students supported P.L.U.T.O. Rescue by decorating cookies in the shape of a dog bone! We thank them for their support and the wonderful letter shown above. Click here to read the February 8, 2012 article that was featured in the Staten Island Advance.

 Our sincerest thanks to the students of the Tottenville High School Freshman Council. Their successful campaign selling P.L.U.T.O. bracelets raised $120.00 to help homeless animals in Staten Island.

 A big thank you to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue volunteer Vincent De Souza and his fellow Susan E Wagner High School Key Club members.
They held a food and blanket drive that snowballed in to additional donations of toys, collars and leashes!! 

On Sunday, April 10, 2011 P.L.U.T.O. Rescue was invited to attend Puppy Mill Awareness Day at Tottenville High School, an event to benefit No More Tears Rescue. We would like to thank everyone who donated to support our cause or stopped by to inquire about our adoptable pets.

Our heartfelt thanks to the nurses at the Staten Island Hospital 4D Maternity division for their generous donation. In honor of Andrea Socci's 50th birthday they donated toys, food and treats for our animals!!

On Sunday, April 10, 2011 P.L.U.T.O. Rescue was invited to attend Puppy Mill Awareness Day at Tottenville High School, an event to benefit No More Tears Rescue. We would like to thank everyone who donated to support our cause or stopped by to inquire about our adoptable pets.


A special thank you to the staff and students of P.S. 3 Annex classes 2-203, 2nd and 3rd grade for their generous donation of food, beds, clothes, leashes, collars, bowls, etc!!! Assistant Principal: Lorrie Brown, Administrator in training: Tiffany Sienicki, Teacher: Dorothy Cabello, Para: Barbara Schoepfer, Nurse: Chris Ramos. Students: Emily Kryvorutsky, Vincent Forlizzi, Alexandra Carvalho, Anton Updale, Michaela Dueñas, Dana DeForge, Connor Campbell, Jacquelyn LaSalla, Heather Perpignan, Ellie Perpignan, Emily Martinez and sibling Ava,
Loren-Marie Ramphal and sibling Jacqueline.


Girl Scout troop #5066 (Daisy Troop) from Crossroads #1 & 2 donated 2 gift baskets chock full of doggie treats at our Adoption Day. Thanks girls!!

P.L.U.T.O. Rescue junior volunteer Rachel Srolovitz presents Lisa Rooney with a dontaion of $550 that she raised selling bracelets!
Thank you Rachel!!


Our heartfelt thanks to Valerie Martin and the Scholars Academy of Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island for their
$950 donation to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue. The freshman and sophomores in the Scholars Academy worked very hard to raise this money. Their fundraiser took place during the week of December 6, 2010 when they designed and ordered bracelets which they sold to their classmates and families. Their generous donations will help with our ongoing effort to help the homeless animals on Staten Island.


We are so thankful to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue volunteer Joe DeCasperis.
On Sunday, January 9, 2011 Joe donated a brand new Dell Laptop computer to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue, purchased with money he saved.
Here is Joe setting up the new computer at the P.L.U.T.O. Rescue office.

Thanks to Jacqueline O'Connell, for her annual wish list stocking stuffer
and to Corrie and Cameron Barraco for their generous donation of $500 that they raised making hand made jewelry.
For more information or to purchase an item, call Corie at 917-886-4362. They will continue to donate all proceeds to help homeless animals.

Thanks to everyone for their generous food donations
during the November 5th-14th 2010 PETCO food drive.


On September 25, 2010 the North Shore Animal League brought their state of the art adoption van to the PETCO parking lot for a P.L.U.T.O Rescue cat adoption day. Thanks to our Merry Mutts Cat Room volunteers!

Gina LaRocca and former P.L.U.T.O. Rescue waif  "Aurora" present a check to Lisa Rooney. The LaRocca family sold homemade lemonade during the summer and raised $50.00 for our animals!!


Dr. Jeffrey Kessler (L) and Dr. Joseph Spargifiore (R) of the Staten Island Vet Group.
We are so grateful for all they do to provide medical care and shelter for our rescue animals.
Please visit their website.


Jillian Eberlein, age 10 of West Brighton decided early this summer that she would like to do something for the animal rescue group P.L.U.T.O. She had often seen their van at the Forest Ave. Petco and she had heard of the good work they did. She enlisted her uncle Robbie to come up with a fundraising idea. They both agreed that they would start collecting refundable bottles and cans from neighborhood parks. Their efforts would not only help P.L.U.T.O. but also the environment. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day over 4,000 bottles and cans were collected along with some donations totaling $251.49. Jillian presented a check for that amount to Lisa Rooney on  Sept. 11, 2010. Their goal for next summer? $350!

Many thanks to P.S.42 student Nicole Corso (in the Pluto Rescue t-shirt) pictured here with her family.
Nicole, with the assitance of P.S.42 Principal Mr. Sharkey and Assitant Principal Mrs. Brown
held a school fundraiser and donated $150 to P.L.U.T.O. Rescue.
(Photo: Nicole's Mom. Maria, Nicole, sisters Dana & Gianna, Nicole's Uncle, P.LU.T.O Rescue volunteer Vinnie Martinelli and "Jade")

:Surrounded by Pluto Rescue volunteers and waifs, Lisa Rooney accepts a donation check from Michael Reavis, aka "DJ Socko Jones"
Michael organized a Dance-A-Thon that was held March 12, 2010 at Martini Red, 327 Van Duzer Street in Staten Island and raised $228.00!! 

Thanks to I.S.2 seventh grader and P.L.U.T.O Rescue volunteer Jackie O, for donating a stocking full of everything on our wish list!! 

Lisa Rooney receives a generous donation from the
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks.
Thanks to Exalted Ruler, Richard Ryan and Leading Knight, Sandra Lotz who presented a check to Lisa at one of our PETCO Adoption Saturdays!


A very special thank you to St. Clares 6th grader Jacqueline Gangemi, pictured here with PLUTO Rescue founder and president Lisa Rooney. Jacqueline used a portion of her birthday gift money to purchase and donate all of the items on our wish list!!

Lisa Rooney with Nurea Selami, teacher at the Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School. Ms. Selami and 14 of her 6th grade students completed a service learning project by selling paper pumpkins to raise more than $500 for P.L.U.T.O. Rescue. We thank them so much!!

Our sincere thanks to Girl Scout Troop 6304 for making doggie bags and cat toys to be donated to new pet adoptions. The scouts dedicated 4.5 hours to make the toys and bags while earning their Cadette PETS interest badge. Leader: Connie, Co-Leader: Roseann, Co-Leader: Jennifer. Members : Brianna, Nicole, Gabrielle, Stephanie, Danielle, Julia, Autumn F, Autumn M, Jessica F, Kristina, Toniann, Alexa, Jessica R, and Angela.


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