“No matter what it takes, no matter how much it costs – we save the animal,” Animal Control Officer and Cruelty Investigator, Vincent Ascolese said to the students at AMBS. Ascolese was a guest speaker at special prayer circle organized by Mrs. Serra-Garcia in honor of patron saint of animals, Saint Francis of Assisi.
An animal control officer at Bergen County Animal shelter, Ascolese stressed the importance of checking for ticks, having proper tags, and microchipping their pets to the students. He encouraged the students to speak to their parents about getting a microchip and even demonstrated how animal control officers and veterinarians scan found animals – scanning the animals in a blessing gesture.
Ascolese also spoke about the trials of rescuing animals from miserable conditions – at one point finding a house filled with 81 cats and five dogs. “Rescue and Protection is a difficult thing to do. That’s why we need your help to get those dogs and cats without name tags and microchips.” The students were captivated by many stories, including one about Hunter, a three-legged German Shepard who was rescued on Valentine’s Day. For every animal that is adopted out, there are many more constantly reclaimed. Bergen County Protect and Rescue Shelter is no kill shelter located in Cliffside Park.