PAWS NY Trains Its 5,000th Volunteer

 Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY is thrilled to announce that the organization recently trained its 5,000th volunteer. Since launching on November 11, 2009, PAWS NY has helped more than 1,500 older adults and individuals living with illness or disability care for their pets—thanks to the hard work of volunteers all over New York City.

At PAWS NY, volunteers help clients with dog walking, litterbox maintenance, administration of pet food and water, basic grooming, and transporting pets to and from the veterinarian’s office. Plus, they chip in extra visits to help deliver pet food and supplies, as well as the annual Holiday Gift Bags.

“Without our amazing volunteers, the work of PAWS NY is simply not possible,” said Rachel Herman, Founder and Executive Director of PAWS NY. “We truly have the most dedicated and passionate volunteers who love helping their fellow New Yorkers and their animal companions every day. We are so excited to have trained more than 5,000 volunteers since our inception and can’t wait to bring 5,000 more into the mix in the coming years.”

As of March 15, 2020, PAWS NY had trained 2,332 volunteers, and the organization more than doubled its numbers over the past three and a half years. Between March 2020 and November 2023, more than 2,660 volunteers joined PAWS NY.

“One of the ways we adapted at the beginning of the pandemic was by switching from in-person to Virtual Volunteer Orientations,” explained Liz Raganella, the Senior Program Manager at PAWS NY who leads all orientations. “By doing this, we’ve been able to train significantly more volunteers. Additionally, one of our current goals is to do more outreach and recruitment in the outer boroughs, and offering virtual orientations has made it much easier to connect with folks in these areas as well.”

PAWS NY volunteers have made more than 120,000 visits to New Yorkers and their pets since the organization began and are currently on track to make more than 22,000 visits during this fiscal year. Of the volunteers trained since March 2020, about 38% live in an outer borough, which has been helpful as PAWS NY focuses on further increasing its presence beyond Manhattan, ensuring that the organization is bringing services to those in need no matter where they live in NYC.

Volunteer Kathryn found PAWS NY after moving to New York City from St. Louis more than six years ago: “The most rewarding part is allowing people to keep their pets in their lives, especially as they get older,” she said in a video about PAWS NY. “I think we all need that sense of companionship and it’s really beautiful that we can help people keep that. New York City can be a lonely place and being able to have your cat or dog—or guinea pig—is incredible.”

If you are interested in becoming a PAWS NY volunteer, visit our website at to register for an upcoming Virtual Volunteer Orientation on one of these dates:
– Monday, December 4 at 6:00pm
– Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00pm

The mission of PAWS NY is to help New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers. Our programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable to our clients. Thus, our motto: helping people by helping pets. To learn more, visit

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Japan – Hitachi Rail: 14 New Trains for Genoa Metro

Hitachi Rail will supply the Ligurian capital Municipality with 14 new generation trains equipped with the onboard systems necessary for the correct operation on the Genoa Network. The investment amounts to EUR70 million. The agreement was recently signed by AMT, acting on the basis of a mandate by the Genoa Municipality, beneficiary of the state financing.

The new trains will support the expansion of the metro network of Genoa, to connect an increasing number of people with sustainable mobility solutions.

Each of the new trains, made up of four carriages with an overall capacity of 290 passengers, will be bidirectional, 39m. long. They will normally run in consist of two for a total length of 78m. and a capacity of 580 passengers.

To allow a greater operative flexibility the new trains will be able to run also coupled with third generation vehicles currently in service on the city’s infrastructure.

The design of the interior fittings and onboard systems was conceived to limit as much as possible the encumbrance of the technical systems into the passenger compartments to have a continuous visibility through the adjoining cars. The seats create a symmetrical and well balanced layout for weight balance. The new metro trains will feature an innovative interior and exterior design, a state-of-the-art technology and the use of materials fully compliant with safety, resistance and recyclability requirements.

For the operation on the Genoa network the trains will integrate ATP and ATO system, related to speed control and assisted automatic drive.

The onboard telecommunication system is present in each car and thanks to Ethernet it can guarantee the connectivity of all communication devices, such as sound and display for information to the passengers, emergency intercom and control devices reserved for the driver.

Furthermore the cars will be equipped with an innovative air conditioning system that will greatly increase the comfort of passengers in every condition and season.

The new trains will support the improvement of the Genoa Metro, including the west and east extensions towards Canepari and Martinez, both under construction.

The fleet will be manufactured entirely in the Hitachi Rail’s factories in Italy, using a national supply chain, and the first trains will be delivered in early 2024.

These vehicles sum up to the fleet of 25 metro trains that AMT operates, 7 of which with similar characteristics and already delivered in 2016 by Hitachi Rail to Genoa Municipality.

These too will be recovered and maintained in the AMT Dinegro depot named after the Carabinieri Lieutenant Giuseppe Avezzano Comes.

This investment enhances the choice of the Municipality to turn towards sustainable mobility perfectly matching the decarbonisation strategy of Hitachi Rail.

“With these new 14 trains realised by Hitachi, a company we have a strategic partnership with, we will make the travel experience of residents and tourists more and more agreeable and comfortable,” says Matteo Campora, Councilor to the Integrated Mobility and Transports of Genoa Municipality. “The improvements to the metro network are a strategic pillar of the commitment of the Municipality and AMT for the decarbonisation of the transport network in Genoa. The aim is to encourage the shift from private transport, based on polluting cars, to a more sustainable mass transport more environmentally friendly as a necessary condition to reduce the environmental footprint of our travelling.”

“The improvement of the metropolitan network is fundamental for the public transport in Genoa. AMT believes in an integrated pattern metro/bus to guarantee the max mobility options available to Genoa citizens,” declares Marco Beltrami, AMT Chairman. “The new 14 trains will allow us to offer a service of constantly increasing quality, within a growing network. The presence of Hitachi in Genoa allows us to have not only a global level supplier, but also a partner with whom we can launch important innovative projects.”

“This contract further confirms the value of the close synergy between Hitachi Rail, Genoa Municipality and AMT for the mobility in the city of Genoa,” says Andrea Pepi, Head of Sales & Projects, Rolling Stock, Hitachi Rail. “We are proud to give our contribution in terms of innovation, technologies and solutions to increase the sustainability of the public transport in Genoa to benefit people’s quality of life.”

About Hitachi Rail

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signaling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. With a presence in 38 countries across six continents and over 12,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. Drawing on the wider Hitachi Group’s market-leading technology and research-and-development capabilities, we strive for industry leading innovations and solutions that can deliver value for customers and sustainable railway systems that benefit wider society. For more information about Hitachi Rail, visit

About AMT Genova

AMT, Azienda Mobilita e Trasporti, is the public transport operator for the Municipality of Genoa and the city metropolitan area. It operates different transportation modes: buses, trolley buses, subway, elevators, funiculars, rack railway, narrow-gauge railway, sea and on-call services. AMT’s mission is to address and implement city mobility policies, defined by the LPT government bodies, in order to make our passengers experience comfortable, pleasant and sustainable. The Vision is to become leader of public transport in Italy for the technologies employed and the ability to meet the mobility needs of citizens, in order to distinguish the city of Genoa and the metropolitan area for its public transport system. AMT is an innovation-oriented company, capable of evolving starting from 120 years of history and which today has more than 2,700 employees.