Chelsea Euliano named 2021 Oceanside / Island Park Herald Person of the Year | Herald Community Newspapers

LLike a superhero, Chelsea Euliano, 35, often drops everything at any time, no matter where she is or who she is with. In recent years, the Oceanside resident has become the go-to person to help animals around the clock.

With a network of animal lovers from New York to the Hamptons, Euliano has donated his time and resources to help wildlife, from dogs and cats to squirrels, possums and even a bald eagle. She works with the nonprofit Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, or WINORR, for specialized cases like swans, hawks and other non-domesticated creatures.

“It doesn’t mean that I was never afraid, but my will and my passion to help something that cannot help itself outweigh my fears at such times,” said Euliano.

Euliano has such a keen eye for living things that she spotted a grasshopper that was missing a hind leg in 2019. “I’ve always had an eye for that,” Euliano said. “I would see a whole family of ducks and I could point out something wrong with any of them.”

For all they have done for the local wildlife community and our environment, the Oceanside-Island Park Herald proudly names Chelsea Euliano as our 2021 Person of the Year.

Originally from Oceanside, Euliano said she loved animals since childhood, but obtained her Wildlife Rehabilitation License from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last spring. by passing their online exam. In addition to the permit, Euliano takes several courses per year to deepen his knowledge of rare species on Long Island. This year that included a rabies course through DEC and a weeklong webinar with many other wildlife rehabilitators in the state.

When called upon to help an animal, Euliano asks for a photo, background information, and the address before packing up her net, gloves, and cage and leaving. Once there, the rehabilitator also makes a point of educating those who call her on how to approach a similar situation in the future. Euliano estimates that she goes through this process hundreds of times a year, from dusk to dawn, all on a voluntary basis. She does this while working as a customer service manager at Blink Voice Communications, where her brother Justin is the CEO.

Whenever she returns to help an animal in need, she posts to Facebook to give a description of the encounter and gives a link to donate to rehabilitators and organizations that help heal animals back to health.

The locally renowned animal expert has even provided assistance to the 4th Station of the Nassau County Police Department for the past five years, often being called by the department to assist officers in situations where injured animals are reported in. the Oceanside area.

Her most superhero-like story this year came when she was about to go to a dinner party and got a call from the 4th arrondissement about a possum hit by a car. With great power comes great responsibility, and Euliano left dressed for a date to help the animal’s babies, or “joeys”, which were still in the mother’s pouch. Euliano was able to collect the joeys for the police, recommend a rehab site, and get home in time for her appointment.

In one case over the summer, Euliano was called to the Southern State Parkway by state soldiers to help a goose that lay in the midst of the commotion Highway. Euliano extracted a ball from the goose and sent it to Volunteers for Wildlife in Locust Valley for processing.

It’s no wonder Euliano’s friends say his life could be a TV show. Euliano joked that maybe a show would help him find a husband.

“Chelsea is our local hero and the most selfless person I have ever met,” Oceanside resident Gilat Nahum told the Herald. “She’ll jump into murky water to save an endangered animal, stop heavy traffic for an injured bird on the road, and bravely put her hand in a trash can to reach for a possum.”

Mary Jane Graci runs the Oceanside Moms Facebook page, with over 6,000 members, and raves about Euliano’s work in the community. “Whenever someone needed help when it came to a raccoon, opossum, bird, any kind of animal that needed help, she was the first to respond and lend help, ”Graci said. “And over the years that has continued to evolve, and I just want to label Chelsea now. She’s our resident Snow White.

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