Nisselbaum has partnered with Trylon Vet Care, where Dr. Stephen Wyler and his colleagues have provided care since 1992, to heal and assist pets while strengthening the human-animal bond. The duo is coordinating with nonprofit foster homes, which rescue animals from shelters and provide them with care until a permanent home is found.
Throughout April, they are accepting tax-deductible monetary donations, food, toys, clean towels, and new or gently used pet carriers. Donations can be brought to Forest Hills Jewish Center at 106-06 Queens Boulevard or Trylon Vet Care at 68-60 Austin Street.
“I want to raise enough money and gather food, toys, and supplies so that animals can be adopted in forever families,” said Nisselbaum.
Marshall’s Mitzvah Project will be his first fundraiser, although he has supported charities such as the World Wildlife Fund and aided black-footed ferrets, gray wolves, and other African mammals.
“I have personally contributed about $150 over the past 8 years,” said Nisselbaum.
Nisselbaum is also an advocate for animal rights.
“You should think about what you're doing,” is his advice to animal abusers. “It's hurtful to living creatures, and that's not fair, since all living creatures deserve the same rights as humans.”
Since it first opened, Trylon Vet Care has provided care for the Nisselbuam family pets, including cats Jojo, Jem , and Scout, as well as a male ball python named Ty.
“It is dedicated pet owners like [Nisselbaum's mother] Nancy and Marshall who are the core of what Trylon Vet Care is,” said practice manager and Forest Hills resident Karla Wallach. “We are a practice whose clients grow with us and become part of our family,”
This is the first of potentially several collaborations between Nisselbaum and Trylon Vet Care.
“We are not a big corporate practice, but we believe in grassroots community efforts,” said Wallach. “We help out rescues that do not have big sponsors, and rely on the generosity of animal lovers to help their cause.”
Trylon Vet Care has a “doggie bank” on its front desk and collects funds that are used quarterly to buy food and supplies or donated to individual groups. This quarter is dedicated to Marshall's Mitzvah Project. Trylon Vet Care has corporate sponsors, and Hill’s Science Diet and Purina Pet Foods are participating in the effort.
“Marshall is a true inspiration,” said Wallach. “There are so many stories about how today’s youth is stuck in a technology coma, apathetic to the troubles of the world. However, it's young people like Marshall that will lead other young generations to take on the world’s social concerns, and use the power of today's technology for positive change in our world.”