But that is exactly what happened when her dog Daisy spotted another dog tied to a tree during the February 19th walk. Williams removed her own coat, scooped up the freezing pit bull mix and brought her back to her apartment where she contacted Sean Casey, who runs a Brooklyn-based no-kill animal shelter.
Casey rushed her to Pet Haven Animal Hospital, where doctors worked on her paws, which had been frozen to the ground, and various other health issues. She spent a week in the hospital, and while she still has long road to a full recovery, the dog is doing much better.
“Unfortunately, a lot of her issues had nothing to do with being left out in the cold,” said Casey. “We feel that's maybe why she was dumped out there in the first place.”
Casey's young son eventually named the dog Bindi after the daughter of the late naturalist Steve Irwin.
For their efforts, Williams and Casey were honored by Borough President Eric Adams as part of his Heroes of the Month program.
“Our pets mean so much to us, and how we take care of them is a reflection of who we are as human beings,” said Adams during a ceremony at Borough Hall last week. “Jennifer personifies that.”
The story of Bindi's rescue not only caught the attention of the borough president's office, but through social media garnered international recognition, with offers to adopt the dog coming in from all over the world.
“There has been a huge outreach to adopt Bindi or to foster her, and there's only one Bindi,” said Williams after accepting a proclamation from Adams. “But there are so many animals out there that are in need homes.
“And all of these people who have opened their hearts and their homes in the possibility of getting Bindi, we would love for them to go to their local shelter and adopt in Bindi's name,” she added.
Also honored last week by Adams was Dr. Robert Gore, who works in the emergency room at Kings County Hospital Center. In 2011, he co-founded the Kings Against Violence Initiative, a mentoring program for at-risk teens.
“Dr. Gore has gone beyond the call of duty, going beyond being a doctor in an emergency room to save the lives of at-risk young people,” said Adams. “It is truly commendable that he is using his profession not only to heal individuals with physical ailments but those that are otherwise hurting and in need.”
Gore's approach focuses on treating the issue of gun violence as a public health issue, with programming dedicated to anger management, mediation and tutoring.
“We like to think about the work we are doing from the point of view of improving vitality,” Gore said. “I don’t like to talk about violence intervention, but rather think about the long-term outcome.