Nov. 20, 2014
Patricia Doxsey, Daily Freeman
TOWN OF ULSTER >> An unabashed dog lover, Ken Wishnick found himself becoming upset every time he saw a television commerical depicting abandoned, abused animals left to languish unloved in a shelter.
But the Ulster County legislator and owner of a rescue dog of his own didn’t want to just send a check.
“I decided I wanted to do something,” said Wishnick. “I wanted to help dogs that are abused or abandoned find good homes.”
A few months ago, the New Paltz resident teamed up with Bob Fagan, the owner of USIA Video and the public access director for New Paltz, to create a show featuring the dogs of the Ulster County SPCA waiting for their “forever homes.”
Called “Rescue Me,” the-half-hour segment, filmed monthly at the Weidy Road shelter off Sawkill Road in the town of Ulster, features four dogs available for adoption at the SPCA, and offers tips from veterinarians, a dog trainer, and others about animal care.
A segment in October featured Nathan, a two-year-old pit bull terrier, Mary Jane, a seven-year-old beagle, Earth, a three-month old mixed breed puppy, and Dutchess, a nearly three-year-old Mastiff.
The segment also featured a piece on canine dental care and dog walking.
“It’s very positive, it allows us to showcase our animals in a form that their not usually seen,” said Adam Saunders, executive director of the Ulster County SPCA.
As a result of the October showing, Mary Jane and Earth were both adopted, shelter officials said.
In fact, since the first show, 12 of the 16 dogs featured have found their forever homes.
Nathan and Dutchess were among 12 dogs recently available for adoption.
As of October, the shelter was housing another 50 or 60 dogs that were either waiting to be cleared by a veterinarian for adoption or were being held pending humane law enforcement proceedings against their owners.
“Rescue Me,” is aired multiple times each month on New Paltz public access television as well as other public access stations throughout Ulster County.
Additionally, the segments can be viewed online at saveadog.info.