Animal lover and activist Jessie Streich-Kest loses life while walking dog

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The devastation and loss of life Hurricane Sandy has left in her wake is heartbreaking and devastating. As someone who is devoted to my animal companion, I was saddened to hear about two young people who lost their lives just by providing basic care for a beloved pet.

High school teacher Jessie Streich-Kest and Brooklyn College student Jacob Vogelman were struck and killed by a falling tree while walking Jessie’s dog Max in a Brooklyn Park. Max, a white pit bull mix survived, and was taken to an emergency veterinarian hospital with injuries to his head.

Jessie Streich-Kest was a devoted animal lover who worked with NYCLASS to help organize Stop Horse Abuse, an online petition protesting the horse drawn carriage industry in New York City. The petition has garnered 98,490 signatures.

Jessie was also a supporter of Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a Brooklyn no kill shelter specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of animals of all kinds.

According to Jessie's Aunt, Cate Poe, in honor of Jessie's love of animals, a memorial fund has been set up for Jessie to the Sean Casey Animal Rescue by her family and friends. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so in one of the following ways:

1. By PayPal, using the donate button on this page.

2. By credit card here.

3. By mailing a check to the address below:

Jessie Streich-Kest Fund
c/o the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
241 Water Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10038

Both Jessie and Jacob were just 24 years old. They had been friends since middle school and shared a commitment towards helping others.

Those interested in making a contribution to a cause in Jacob Vogelman’s name can make a donation to Learning Alley ( )an organization that provides accessible materials for individuals with visual and learning disabilities.

By Robin Lawless
Robin is a writer, student and animal lover who lives in New York City.

Photo credit: Robin Lawless 

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