The C.A.S.H. Courier Newsletter
Winter 2012 Issue
In Memory of Rita Sarnicola
Rita’s friends at C.A.S.H. lost
a dear friend and colleague on February 3, 2012. Rita Sarnicola passed away
after a long illness. Rita was a strong fighter for animal protection.
She was the founder of CROW - Citizens Respectful of Wildlife- whose
mission was to stop crow killing in Auburn, NY, and “Shooting Contests” in
NYS. Most recently, Rita was the Director of the Finger Lakes Region
Affiliate of LOHV NY. Rita and her husband, Joe, lived in Auburn,
In Rita’s obituary, one line popped out: Rita loved animals and was very
active in the humane treatment of any species...
Joe, Rita’s husband
Rita’s public work for animals started when she joined the board
of the local SPCA, then became its president. She did not like its
antiquated ways, especially the high euthanasia rate. I’m pleased to
say that the SPCA no longer kills thousands of cats and dogs each year, and
that might never have changed unless someone like Rita had stepped in.
She held many different pet and wildlife educational events and programs,
and often visited schools for the same reason. She enjoyed working with the
League of Humane Voters on bills and gaining support for them. Rita
fought against the crow killing here, and tried to turn what the community
viewed as a negative into a positive, such as having a crow festival. She
held a few crow related events at two museums here, and was making real
Fifteen years ago, she started a pet food pantry, which is
still being operated by a lovely couple. She wanted to do so much
more, but her health prevented her from doing so.
It goes without saying
that it will be a sadder world for the animals and for us without our dear
friend, Rita. Rita will be in our hearts as we press for humane
To send your condolences to Rita’s husband, Joe, please send to:
~ WALT RAVE ~
Barb Lomow informed us of the sad passing of Walt Rave on December 9,
2011. He was a four-decade-long animal rights activist. He died from
horrendous burn injuries suffered in a fire at his house three days earlier.
He had delayed exiting to save his cats who also perished.
A full article can be seen at:
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