Muncy, Pa. – 1 of Lycoming County’s most passionate animal enthusiasts has died. Bonnie J. Lynn Snyder, operator of the nonprofit Bellabon’s Pet Recovery Expert services, died early Wednesday early morning, Aug. 25.
Snyder, 64, of Muncy, experienced been battling most cancers since March 2020. Her sister, Cindy Poust, notified her followers of her passing on her nonprofit’s Fb web site:
“It is with fantastic sadness that we permit you know Bonnie handed away early this early morning. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, mate, and most importantly to her the most effective damn pet recoverer on this planet. She fought exceptionally really hard to combat this horrible ~ terrible disease hardly ever offering up no matter what her physique went through. As the doctors verbally instructed us for the past year ‘she miraculously defeat all odds.’
“She is no lengthier struggling with ache him (sic) and is at peace with family associates and close friends who have gone on in advance of her. She was so hunting forward to viewing her Boo and Petey, who handed in excess of the rainbow bridge a long time ago. It will be a celebration of everyday living for Bonnie at a afterwards day ~ We’ll make guaranteed you ended up all manufactured mindful when specifics are finalized. Thank (sic) I love you for your ideas, prayers, adore, help, and generosity.”
Snyder, who had 3 canine of her very own, had been operating her animal rescue company considering that 2012. The nonprofit ran exclusively on donations.
Snyder led a easy life, dedicating significantly of her time and electricity to animals until eventually cancer slowed her down previously this yr. Even when she was sick, she would nevertheless check out to answer messages or telephone phone calls from her bedside if she was equipped.
“She considered pet recovery her best mission and her greatest accomplishment in lifestyle, and would do the job tirelessly close to the clock (without the need of fork out) to come across beloved animals and carry them home. She was the greatest good friend that misplaced pet dogs ever had,” according to her obituary revealed on Thursday.
One particular of Snyder’s far more recent rescues was in March when she served find a doggy in Williamsport who escaped from his fenced in yard. Owner Kristina Kurelja Pavlick reported she termed Snyder about her pet dog Hank, and was explained to she was not equipped to come out at that time. Snyder then proceeded to check with Pavlick in-depth thoughts about the circumstance, the pet dog, very last details of get in touch with, and so forth. Snyder created recommendations to Pavlick and stayed on the phone with her as she continued to research for Hank, “giving steerage at each individual transform.”
“Certain sufficient, within 20 minutes of staying on the cellular phone with her I caught sight of my dog Hank and collectively we cried tears of pleasure,” Pavlick explained. “At the time my canine and I have been both of those safe and sound in the car or truck, Bonnie proceeded to share with me that she just obtained lousy information about her battle with most cancers. My phone call experienced interrupted her possess grief about the information, and identified as her back again to her dedication to encouraging people and their animals. I was so grateful to her, and her selflessness in that moment,” Pavlick claimed.
“She questioned for me to deliver that image, just so she could see our faces and smiles,” Pavlick reported. She is certainly an angel, and I was saddened to see her decline.”
Snyder also assisted lots of pet proprietors from exterior of northcentral Pennsylvania who missing their animals when touring by way of the region. Todd Sailer, who lives outside of Philadelphia, was in Waterville early in 2018 education for a 100-mile race when he lost Bode, his Australian Shepherd puppy.
The canine usually ran with him, Sailer stated. 1 morning, Bode took off although Sailer’s girlfriend at the time was permitting him exterior to go to the rest room. Sailer was not equipped to identify Bode prior to he experienced to get back again dwelling to do the job. Determined to get his pet back, Sailer located Bellabon’s as a result of Fb and contacted Snyder. “I named Bonnie and she was just a blessing,” Sailer explained.
Snyder obtained to do the job submitting flyers and tracking Bode’s motion. Many times later, she named Sailer extremely psyched that Bode had been spotted at a campsite. Sailer obtained into his car or truck and started driving again to Waterville. As he was approaching Bloomsburg, Snyder named back with far more fascinating information: Bode experienced been captured just after staying long gone for 11 days.
“She was as joyful as I was to get him again,” Sailer explained. He described Snyder as a individual who “wore her heart on her sleeve,” and observed that she did not get any fork out for the get the job done she did. She experienced informed him that there were dogs she was tracking that experienced been missing for near to a year. “She was never likely to give up,” Sailer said.
Just one of Snyder’s most broadly publicized rescue missions transpired in June 2019 when she was referred to as to aid with rescuing cats from a condemned and perilous condominium creating in Jersey Shore.
A back wall of the composition at the 400 block of Major Avenue had fallen apart, and tenants only experienced a limited time to quickly vacate the building with their possessions. Unfortunately, some cats had been still left driving. A fence went up all around the structure when the property owners waited for a demolition business to raze it.
Snyder and her workforce stayed outside the fence and tracked the cats’ movements utilizing cameras. She and her team also set food stations outside the house the fence to assistance lure cats out of the making. At the time, Snyder was recovering from a damaged sternum and fractured leg as a consequence of a vehicle accident.
“My main intention is to enable the cats,” Snyder mentioned in an job interview at the time.
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Nevertheless it took her some time, Snyder was inevitably capable to save some of the cats from the framework.
“Bonnie fought a extended, hard, established fight with cancer and asks men and women to ‘hug their loved ones associates and pets, as very well as take pleasure in each individual day, not getting 1 working day for granted,'” her obituary read.
A celebration of lifestyle will be set for a later on day at Indian Park in Montoursville. “We chose this put so her spouse and children, friends and ‘Bellabon’ pet followers can provide their canines as very well, which is what Bonnie desired,” according to the obituary.
The Bellabon’s nonprofit shut at the time of Snyder’s passing. Her relatives is inquiring donations be created in Snyder’s memory to Rehome Animal Rescue, Inc., 504 River Avenue, Buchanan, MI 49107 or through PayPal at [email protected]