Gallery: H.O.P.E. Springs Incredible!

20th Anniversary Gala for the Organization which Assures that Every Dog (and Cat) Shall Have Its Day!

H.O.P.E. Founder Wendy Mongillo (L) and News10 Chief Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo are all smiles. Photos by Jill Perkns

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Happy 20th anniversary to the little Not-for-profit that could… and did!…. And does!

Our correspondent, Jill Perkins, had multiple responsibilities on the evening of Thursday, October 6. As a Board Member of Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.) she had some assigned tasks to do, to help assure that the 20th Anniversary Gala at Prime at Saratoga National ran smoothly. She also was called upon to read Board President Kristina Kline’s speech to the attendees when she could not make the event.

PLUS, she managed to take every photo in this post, as I was in the throes of Jungle Fever AKA a reaction to the 2022 flu vaccine, and was in no shape to help her with pics. So kudos to Jill, as exemplar of a group of dedicated individuals that put their heart and soul into H.O.P.E.’s mission – which, BTW, is:

“Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (H.O.P.E.) is a not-for-profit organization of animal lovers from Saratoga and surrounding counties who are dedicated to assisting animals whose owners have passed away or can no longer keep them. Some of the pets are surrendered directly to H.O.P.E. but others come from various local rescues or shelters which are at capacity. Many are senior dogs and cats or have special needs. H.O.P.E. gives these homeless pets a second chance for a wonderful life; to be part of a family, to be a therapy pet or just to be someone’s best friend. The goal of H.O.P.E. is to find suitable adopters who will provide these pets with a lifelong commitment of love and care.

“All H.O.P.E. pets are seen by a veterinarian prior to adoption where they are given appropriate medical care, including spaying/neutering and vaccinations. Veterinarians provide additional medical treatment if needed.

“H.O.P.E. also has a feral cat fund with which they help individuals who trap feral cats to pay for their spaying or neutering, and a sympathy fund to help with emergency surgeries needed for pets.

“H.O.P.E. relies on donations from caring individuals. All donations are tax deductible.

“The H.O.P.E. Adoption and Education Center is located at Wilton Mall and is open daily from 11 AM to 1 PM and 1:30 PM to 6 PM. The H.O.P.E. Adoption Center at Wilton Mall is now open to visitors. You can still make an appointment at 518-450-7013, or just stop by and ring the bell to be admitted. Masks are still required. We can supply a mask if necessary.

“HOPE is always looking for volunteers and fosters.”


And everything went without a hitch, as Jill’s Gallery shows us. Enjoy it, and congrats to everyone!

Arthur Gonick – October10, 2022

Gallery: H.O.P.E.’s 20th Anniversary Gala

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