Several years ago, Suzyn Barron, President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS), first publicly floated the idea of replacing one of the Society’s animal rescue vehicles. The 2002 model year pickup was in serious decline and required expensive repairs and also posed a hazard to animals and human operators. Animals were unable to jump up to the truck bed and animal control officers risked injury when attempting to lift heavy and/or scared animals.
Alerted to the need by last year’s Orange Ribbon Rescue, Humane Society supporters Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes offered a challenge: if the WVHS could raise $10,000 toward the cost of a suitable new vehicle, they would pay the balance.
In 2017, using proceeds from this year’s Polar Plunge, Orange Ribbon Rescue and Fore the Animals Golf Outing, the Humane Society met the challenge. The WVHS has taken delivery of a new 2017 Ford Transit Connect XL cargo van, outfitted with a bulkhead cage, weather tech liner and a set of four snow tires mounted on rims. Warwick dealer Leo Kaytes Ford made the purchase and equipping of this vehicle extremely easy.