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“My wife Lynn and I adopted Samson in September, and we’re so happy we did,” explains Ira Goldstein. “Before he arrived at North Shore, he was not being well cared for in Tennessee, but now he’s comfortably living in Queens, learning how to be a puppy. We wanted to adopt a rescue dog rather than go to a breeder because there are so many great homeless dogs that just need to be given a chance. North Shore Animal League has a no kill policy and a great team that cares for the homeless pets and works tirelessly to find all of them a home. This is the second time I adopted from North Shore over the years. The love you get from a rescue dog is unparalleled. The dog just knows that you are giving them a loving home.”

I am thrilled to say that Ira Goldstein, Executive Director of The Black Car Fund and his lovely wife Lynn adopted a puppy from the North Shore Animal League on September 12. Interestingly enough, before being renamed Samson, the six-month-old puppy’s name was Cadillac. Fitting that Ira – who is so aligned with the transportation industry – adopted a dog with the name of a luxury vehicle brand.

There are countless studies showing the many benefits of owning a pet, including lower stress levels, improved happiness and even general health. A senior cat for a senior who is homebound is a mitzvah for the person and the pet… and did you know that AARP reports that seniors with pets live longer than those without pets?

Whenever you choose to adopt a new “best friend,” always remember to adopt from a reputable animal shelter, like North Shore. North Shore is a no-kill shelter that rescues literally thousands of animals from kill shelters – but sadly, there are hundreds of thousands of healthy, loving animals that are euthanized each year simply because there is no space to accommodate all of them.

Consider saving a life today by adopting a new best friend tomorrow. You’ll be happy you did!

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Article by Diana Clemente

Diana Clemente is President of the Black Car Assistance Corporation and Big Apple Car.

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