We are saddened at the loss of one of our outstanding youth volunteers Zachary (Zach) Serra. Zach came to Abandoned Pet Rescue because of his love of animals and desire to provide community service. His tragic passing at the age of 18, has broken the hearts of countless people in our community.
Zach enjoyed traveling across the world with his family, rooting for his favorite hockey and football teams, dishing up his international cuisine, and of course giving his time to Abandoned Pet Rescue. Zach first volunteered at an event at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. It was a rainy night, but he persevered to help the adoptable cats find homes and to help raise money to support the shelter.
He joined his Mom as avolunteer at the summer Starlight Music Festival at Holiday Park week after week. They became an integral part of the APR team at this community event with Zach always happy to be there and help out with loading the weekly food donations for the shelter.
He spent many a Saturday with his Dad at Pet Supermarket in Dania promoting the kittens up for adoption and helping to transport much needed pet food donations from various locations. He shared his cats’ funny antics at home, showing his love for animals.
Zach was a dedicated volunteer who loved his cats and honored his commitment to service. We will always remember him as a gentle giant with a kind soul, always willing to help out with a big smile!
Abandoned Pet Rescue has now established the Zachary Serra Youth Service award that each year will honor one of our student volunteers for his or her outstanding efforts.
In addition, a scholarship is being created in Zach’s name that will be awarded with the Youth Service award.
We are proud to let you know that the first award was presented to Zach’s family along with the scholarship award at our Hugs & Kisses Tropical Party 2022. The Serra’s have chosen to donate the money back to Abandoned Pet Rescue.