It’s good news: Proceeds from his books benefit homeless animals on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY – West Brighton author Andrew Ostrowski made a surprise visit to the Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW) adoption center at Petsmart located in the Forest Avenue Shopping Plaza in Port Richmond, wearing a nice gift.

Ostrowski, writer and world traveler, has just published his first book, titled “E-Notes and Anecdotes: 50 First Impressions of Musical Masterpieces Through the Ages” via the Amazon site. The book combines a musical study of 50 tunes covering the past 800 years, from the 13th century to the 20th century, and adds thought-provoking insights from the same period.

The 55-year-old author has dedicated all of his recent book sales to SICAW, whose mission since 1972 has been the rescue, care and placement of stray and abandoned animals. The nonprofit group is also committed to educating the public about proper pet care, pet overpopulation, and the importance of neutering.

The author was warmly welcomed by a calm collection of cats waiting to be adopted.

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“I was thinking of playing Santa Claus and surprising the volunteers there, but I guess just like Santa sneaks up the chimney when everyone is sleeping, I wasn’t too disappointed as I found every cat keeping a eye open for my coming,” Ostrowski said.

As a non-profit organization, the council has relied on a 100% volunteer mission in its quest to help the abandoned and helpless animals so often seen on the streets of Staten Island. The sight of wild cats, for example, has become almost routine.

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A typical year finds hundreds of stray cats and dogs in need, but since the Covid pandemic that number has increased given shelter closures and reduced shelter aid presence.

“Ultimately, writing a book should be about stimulating interest, the goal being what the writer can give rather than receive,” the author said. “I was honored that people bought my book and doubly honored to donate the sales to help animals in need. It was truly a win-win situation for everyone, including our little furry friends “, he added.