Tenafly, NJ / Clifton, NJ / River Edge, /E. Rutherford NJ, October 2008 — “Colby,” the well-groomed hound at right, is one of 10 dogs and three hurricane survivors still up for adoption by PetResQ, an all-volunteer, non-profit of Tenafly.

Networking for a good cause

Also pictured are BNI Premier Chapter president Gene Sower, of Samson Media (right) and Premier Chapter member and former president, Pete Gallo of Envision Video Services.  BNI chapters meet separately once a week to generate referrals for new business. 

In addition to the Premier Chapter, about 20 members from two River Edge chapters bowled into the night at Golden Palace Lanes in Clifton Tuesday to support the cause in cooperation with Tenafly High School’s Animal Rights Club. BNI members publicized the event, raised funds, donated chow — and more than 125 pet food coupons.

After Hurricane Gustav hit Louisiana, PetResQ founder Robyn Urman, pictured holding Colby, “a barker with a southern accent,” rescued 42 dogs from an overcrowded shelter. The forlorn pups were previously abandoned and set to be euthanized to make room for pets evacuated during the storm. Urman returned to New Jersey to face more than $10,000 in vet bills. Animal Rights Club president Sydney Pollock helped organize the “Bowling for Bow-Wows” event with other members of her club and BNI event coordinators Linda Pollock and Michele Petrillo.

To contribute, volunteer or adopt a pet, visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/petresqinc.html   or call PetResQ: 201-600-6111. (All adoptive pets have had necessary vet care.)  For more information about BNI call: Velazquez of Cartridge World in Hillsdale, 201-674-3272 or BNI assistant director Larry Koller, 973-248-6448.

Also participating in the event from Tenafly High School were faculty advisor Lauren Haslach, an English teacher, and Animal Rights Club members Gabriella Fernandez, Lauren Mazlin, Sarah Stewart and Grayson Pollock.