UPDATE: Rebuild Hi-Tor Sets First Public Meeting

They're also seeking volunteers to fill committees. Contact RebuildHiTor@gmail.com or 845-215-5020 for more information



The first general public meeting to discuss Rebuild Hi-Tor is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at


The Hi Tor Animal Care Center is Rockland County’s only animal shelter, but is at risk of shutting down due to its lack of county funding and its poor facility conditions. Several members of the public teamed up with Hi-Tor to form a plan to save the shelter.

Don Franchino revealed the fundraising plan that he’s spearheading, which is fundraise to build a new facility three times the size of the previous one. Hi-Tor Animal Care Center, Inc., is a privately incorporated 501(c)3, non-profit organization dedicated to the care and control of Rockland County Animals.

To help pay for the completion of the new building, Rebuild Hi-Tor is selling brick pavers, which will be used in a special walkway around the shelter.

"The brick paver fundraiser we're doing is great," said Franchino. "It's a way to put your permanent stamp in the future Hi-Tor center. I worked on the Highview Playground's brick paver fundraiser and the brick pathway looks fantastic."

These personalized bricks are also a great way memorialize a loved one or a past pet. The bricks can be customized with a message and clipart. This will also be an ongoing fundraiser after the building’s completion.

Please mail form and payment to:  


PO BOX 913

NANUET, NY 10954

Questions? Call 845-215-5020 or go to www.RebuildHiTor.org or email RebuildHiTor@gmail.com. The paver form is attached to this article.

"In order to get things moving and off the ground, we need to fill our committees. Whether you have a little time to spare or a lot, we appreciate all the help we can get," said Roberta Bangs, president of Hi-Tor. "Also, if you don't know which committee you'd like to join, that's fine. Just get in touch with us and we'll help you find a committee you can contribute to. Together we can get this done."

The committees they're looking to fill are:

Political Outreach- contacting our local politicians (Town and County) to document their position on Hi Tor’s funding as well as elicit their help in our venture.

Petitions- start a petition on Change.org and monitor and promote people signing on.

Demonstrations- to organize and promote local Demonstrations especially at our local Governmental Offices.

Fundraising- to organize and promote Fundraising efforts either independently or in conjunction with Hi Tor directly (including donation tables outside Pet Supply stores and reaching out to student groups to encourage fundraising efforts).

Corporate/Business Outreach- to solicit local businesses (ie- O&R, Avon, etc) to get involved and support our cause.

Community Outreach- to get the word of Hi Tor’s plight out to the community at large via fliers, booths at street fairs, emails, etc.


Here a look at the Rebuild Hi-Tor effort so far:

BatSheva Gamoran July 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
What is the cost of these bricks. Thanks
Donald Franchino July 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
$100 & $150
Chris July 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Has land for this project been secured yet and if not, how are things going?


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