Animal League Helps Out in the Rescue of Harlem's Strays

By , Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

It's a case of the large helping the small.

The North Shore Animal League on New York's Long Island, the world's largest animal-rescue mission, has donated $15,000 to the one-woman animal-rescue crusade of Chitra Besbroda, after learning about her Harlem-based Sentient Creatures Inc. in the Jan. 13 edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

Known in New York as "the Mother Teresa of Animals" - a name given to her by Roger Caras, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Ms. Besbroda has chalked up 25 years of saving animals from the junkyards and fighting pits of Harlem.

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In presenting her with the check last week, the North Shore Animal League's Perry Fina paid tribute to Besbroda's accomplishments and perseverance.

"It is not often a truly saintly person is among us," he said. "But many call her a living saint because she gives all that she has to help the most innocent - homeless dogs and cats ... all at great risk to herself and almost entirely with her own money."

"This gift could not have come at a better time. I'm so grateful," says Besbroda.

"I have just rented a small storefront as a shelter, and we have been struggling to renovate it," she adds. "Now I can pay for a full year's rent and have money left over to fix the place up and buy a new water heater."

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