Amidst the oohs and aahs from an enthusiastic welcoming party of youth, staff and ANDRUS supporters, three alpacas strutted proudly for the first time at their new home. The trio is the latest addition to the nonprofit’s animal-assisted therapy program located on ANDRUS’ 107-acre campus. The alpacas join a cadre of goats, sheep, chickens and dogs that have adoring fans who benefit from petting, feeding and nurturing them throughout the year.
In way of introduction, outgoing Zingaro, dubbed “The Mayor,” is a gray six-year-old; Phoenix is a velvety black five-year-old alpaca and Amadeo (3) has dark brown fleece.
A Very Special Thank You to Those Who Attended Light Up the Night!
This year’s Light Up the Night Benefit for ANDRUS promised to be an evening you would not forget, and it delivered! With the help of some special four-legged friends and loads of two-legged ones, we exceeded our goal in raising funds to support vulnerable children and families.
ANDRUS children and staff perform a cover of the song What If.
ANDRUS Staff & Kids Sing HAPPY!
ANDRUS children and staff perform a cover of the song Happy.
A Ride to Remember
A team of intrepid ANDRUS residents and staff headed down to the heart of Philadelphia in October for the annual motorcycle demo show “Clutch Control” – not as audience members but as participants and representatives of the national organization, NYPUM.
“I attended 11 different schools by the time I came here for ninth grade,” said 19-year-old Chaim during his recent presentation to 30 children and guests in ANDRUS’ Orchard School. “It was really difficult. But things came together. I’ve graduated from high school and have a job.”
Chaim is on a mission to help others as a giveback for the supports he received and is involved in Autism awareness advocacy.
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