• RSS
Dog Walk with Head Coach John Tortorella

Join Head Coach John Tortorella and the New York Rangers to help end animal abuse!


Event: Dog Walk with Head Coach John Tortorella and Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Brad Richards & other Rangers players
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 *RAIN OR SHINE*
Time: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., the walk kicks off at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Riverside Park; walk begins at 103rd Street and Riverside Drive
Registration check-in is located at 103rd Street and Riverside Drive
One mile walk goes from 103rd to 115th
Registration Costs: $100 per person/dog team
$75 for participants without dogs and/or each additional family member
$10 for each additional dog
Activities: Q & A with John Tortorella, special appearance by select Rangers players, one mile dog walk, on-site pet adoptions, giveaways and more

*All dogs must be on leashes and have a dog collar with name and owner information

The New York Rangers and The John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation are teaming up with the national organization Best Friends Animal Society for a dog walk event in Riverside Park, located on the upper West Side of Manhattan. Take your pooch for a walk while helping a good cause. In addition to the dog walk, shelter dogs will be available for adoptions to good homes, click here for more information. Simply click on the link above to register you and your dog. All net proceeds from the event benefits the Westchester Humane Society and other organizations dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals.

To see answers to the most frequently-asked questions about the event, click here.

Head coach John Tortorella and his dog Blaze.

"This spring our family adopted Blaze, our third rescue and fourth dog, from a shelter he'd lived in for three years. He lived with 28 other dogs and over fifty cats, in filthy, unhealthy, inhumane conditions, slowly starving from being malnourished and provided with inadequate veterinarian care. Within three miles of where we lived for three years, since moving to New York to coach the Rangers; these animals suffered while, though unknowingly, we did nothing. We will never turn away again.

"Our family foundation is partnering with the New York Rangers, to hold a dog walk fundraising event. We are reaching out to you, the Rangers’ fans and dog enthusiasts, to help us bring humane conditions to this shelter as well as generating awareness for proper animal care. Come take a walk with myself, the players and our families, to raise funds that will make a substantive difference for the betterment of animals. Thank you and see you there!"

-- Head Coach John Tortorella

The John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation is working in cooperation with the Westchester Humane Society, under the leadership of a newly founded board of directors and management, to establish humane treatment of the animals in its care at the rescue shelter in Harrison, NY. The shelter is in crisis mode as it seeks to secure financial support for the funding of critical improvements needed to the facility to ensure the safety and welfare of the cats and dogs in its care. The shelter is full of sweet, beautiful dogs and cats, now getting the proper medical care, feeding, neutering, spaying, etc., while preparing them for possible adoption to forever homes. For more information regarding the Westchester Humane Society please visit http://www.westchesterhumanesociety.org/. For information on how to adopt a dog, please email adopt@westchesterhumanesociety.org.

For more information on the Best Friends Animal Society, an organization working closely with John Tortorella and his family to promote the humane treatment of animals, please visit http://www.bestfriends.org/index.htm. Best Friends Animal Society is a national non-profit organization which is guided by the simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

For more information and the John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation, please visit http://www.tortorellafoundation.org/.

Special thanks to ...

Purina One Chase Powerade Zero Odor