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Van's transmission for Pet Connection Programs fixed for free

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 17:49:43-05

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Pet Connection Programs relies heavily on their van; they use it to transport animals, pick up donations and pallets of food for cats and dogs.

They didn't know what to do when the transmission was having issues.

"Transmission started slipping, and got worse and worse, and I knew it was going to be a very expensive item, so reaching out to Pat at Continental Transmission, he offered to do it for nothing," Julie Garvey, Executive Director at Pet Connection Programs.

Through a friend's significant other who works at Continental Transmission, Garvey reached out to Patrick Glenn who co-owns the shop.

"I said perfect just send her in and we'll take care of the vehicle for her. So we put a new transmission in her vehicle and got her up and running so can continue on with the quality work she's doing in her community," said Glenn.

Garvey uses the van to get food and other necessities for the animals.

"In all honesty we didn't know of Pet Connection before they needed our help," said Glenn.

But he said after hearing all about what Garvey does for her community, it was a no-brainer.

The shelter still needs help as the pandemic continues; Garvey said their floors need to be epoxied and they need donations for the cats' medical needs.

Pet Connection Programs has also started a GoFundMe page to help them get through the winter months, so they can continue rescuing cats and dogs in need.