It all began many years ago when our founder, Barbara Pingree, worked at the animal hospital where Greece Animal Control rents space. During this time she watched animals coming in through animal control being routinely put down if they were not claimed by their owners. Working on her own, she managed to find homes for some, took some home with her, and transported some to Lollypop Farm, crying as she left because she would never know what their fate would be.
Before long, the groomer at the same animal hospital saw what she was doing and joined in to help. The groomer told some friends and it was not very long before Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets (G.R.A.S.P.) was born.
In February 1996 the group became a 501C3 non-profit animal rescue organization. At first, there were only 5 women, and their husbands, working together to find homes for the animals and raising funds. It was not easy, but the group was dedicated and they kept going. Eventually, more people joined the cause.
Today the group has more than 200 volunteers working in different capacities to support the same mission and vision.
GRASP is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Greece, New York by decreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, permanent homes.
GRASP envisions a day when every dog and cat will live in a loving, safe, healthy home environment and will be cared for responsibly and humanely.
GRASPʼs Board of Directors believes that our clear, concise mission statement should serve as a general operational guide for our organization. Our mission explains why our organization exists and what it hopes to achieve in the future. We find it useful to think of the organizationʼs mission as a bright light, which illuminates GRASPʼs essential nature, its values, and its work.
We invite you to join us in our mission.
We need you.
They need you.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead