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The cat condos are three tier and allows us to re-configure them as needed. Currently, there is one kitten on the top floor and the middle and bottom units are open to accommodate multiple kittens at a time.
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Warwick Valley Humane Society receives Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award
WARWICK — This past October the Warwick Valley Humane Society received the Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award from Safe Homes of Orange County at the Safe Homes annual Celebration of Hope Dinner.
Two and a half years ago, the society collaborated with Safe Homes of Orange County, thanks to Humane Society Volunteer Leslie Maier, who initiated the partnership.
The Safe Pets program allows victims of domestic violence to leave the abusive home or partner and not leave their pets behind.
The Humane Society boards and cares for these pets without charge to the Safe Homes client or Safe Homes organization.
“Together,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, “we can offer a temporary safe haven for humans and animals.”
Barron also received the Orange County Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Steven Neuhaus along with New York State Senate Certificates of Merit from Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. and John J. Bonacic and New York Assembly Certificates of Merit from Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther and Assemblyman James Skoufis.
“We will proudly display this beautiful award at our shelter,” said Barron, “and I offer my heartfelt thanks to Safe Homes of Orange County for bestowing this recognition on our organization for what we perceive as simply doing the right thing. The Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award and Certificates of Merit and Recognition are testimonials to the care and compassion of our staff at the Warwick Valley Humane Society.”
– Roger Gavan
Photos by Roger Gavan Although there was a light rain on the first day, crowds still lined up at the Warwick Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29 for ” 2015 Photos with Santa” Fundraiser.
Shelby, a Pit Bull mix and a Warwick Animal Shelter graduate, and Louie, also a Pit Bull mix, pose with Santa and Andrew Redman. The dogs are owned by Andrew’s mother, Lorraine Redman.
WARWICK — Although there was a light rain on the first day, crowds still lined up at the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s Animal Shelter on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29.
It was the annual “Pet photos with Santa,” event and retired professional pet photographer and volunteer Chris Babicke was on hand to take photos of pets sitting on Santa’s lap.
Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society and Vice President Celia Ross served as “Santa’s helpers,” by doing whatever it takes to make each pet pose for the camera.
Proceeds will be used to benefit the homeless pets at the shelter.
– Roger Gavan
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Dr. Nikki, a 5-year-old pit bull mix, has completed her medical (OK, obedience) training and is in to see patients (adopters) at the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
Nikki came to the shelter in 2013, reported shelter President Suzyn Barron.
“She used to be undisciplined and disrespectful in her neighborhood. Since being here, she has excelled at school and one day will graduate into a responsible family.
“She is a hugger and a lap-sitter, despite her size, and likes to play dress-up. She is the perfect companion for couch potato parents who also like to go for long, leisurely walks.”
When dressing up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, sight or the ability to breathe and bark or meow. There should be no small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could cause your pet to choke.
Try a dress rehearsal first, and if your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider a festive bandana instead.
There are many dangers out there for our pets on Halloween. Here are some tips to keep your Fido and Fluffy safe from ghouls and goblins:
– Keep the candy away from pets. Chocolate is dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing Xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
– Keep pumpkins and decorative corn away from pets. Considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can produce stomach upset in pets.
– Wires and cords from electric decorations should be out of reach of your pets.
– Exercise caution with lit jack-o-lanterns around pets.
– All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for them, and constant door opening could cause a quick getaway for your pet.
– Always make sure your pet has proper identification. Tags and/or a microchip increase the chance that he will be returned to you.
– Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. Pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal and even kill pets on Halloween night.
– Keep outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranksters. Many shelters do not adopt out black cats during October as a safety precaution, others are extremely strict as to who can adopt them.
Two and a half years ago, Warwick Valley Humane Society partnered with Safe Homes of Orange County thanks to WVHS volunteer, Les Maier, who initiated this collaboration. This Safe Pets program allows victims of domestic violence to leave the abusive home or partner and not leave their pet(s) behind. WVHS boards and cares for these pets without charge to the Safe Homes client nor Safe Homes organization. Together, we can offer a temporary safe haven for humans and animals.
On Oct. 22, 2015, WVHS was honored and humbled to receive the Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award from Safe Homes of Orange County at their annual Celebration of Hope Dinner. We will proudly display this beautiful award at our shelter and I offer my heartfelt thanks to Safe Homes of Orange County for bestowing this recognition on our organization for what we perceive as simply doing the right thing.
Courtesy of The Florida Focus
By Roger Gavan
WARWICK — On Friday, June 5, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus signed legislation that will provide the county with some of the stiffest animal cruelty laws in the United States.
The signing ceremony, also attended by District Attorney David Hoovler, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois and County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, Orange County Legislator John Vero (R-Chester), Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Warwick Valley Humane Society president Suzyn Barron, took place at the Warwick Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter.
The case Rocky’s Law is named after an abused three-year-old Pit Bull from Newburgh, which had to be euthanized earlier this year because of its poor health. The dog was left outside for five weeks in winter weather while its owner was on vacation.
The law provides that anyone in Orange County convicted of animal abuse must register with the Sheriff’s office within five days of their conviction or after being released from jail if they are incarcerated.
The penalties Not reporting convictions will be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000 for each day offenders fail to register.
Abusers will stay on the registry for 15 years, but will be reinstated for life if they are convicted again for abusing an animal.
Convicted animal abusers will be required to pay a $125 fee to cover any costs for maintaining Orange County’s registry and could be incarcerated for up to a year, and fined as much as $5,000, if they obtain another animal while included on the registry.
In addition, any person who gives or sells the animal to the offender will face a maximum $5,000 fine.
Orange County’s registry will include names and photos of convicted animal abusers. The county will also post links of animal abuse registries to neighboring counties.
Rocky’s Law was introduced by Orange County Legislator Michael Anagnostakis (R-Newburgh) in April and was unanimously passed by Orange County Legislators last month.
‘Ripple effect’ “I think this law is going to have a real ripple effect,” said Neuhaus. “If you are abusing animals, there are going to be strong consequences in Orange County. It gives law enforcement another tool to fight animal cruelty and it sends a message that we will not tolerate it.”
Barron added that one of the most important features of Rocky’s Law is that this registry will be available to all agencies since animal abuse has a direct correlation to human violence, including child and elder abuse.
In addition, multiple charges in animal cruelty cases are often consolidated and defendants rarely are sentenced to the full extent of the law.
“We were so pleased,” she said, “to be chosen as the location by County Executive Neuhaus for the signing of the bill into law due to our involvement in assisting law enforcement in the alleviation, investigation and prosecution of far too many animal cruelty cases over the years.”
Meanwhile, in Albany In a more recent development, state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) announced on June 10 that the Senate had passed a bill crafted to prevent those who abuse animals from committing similar acts in the future in the Senate.
The new law authored by Murphy would increase the penalty for multiple convictions of torturing, killing or failing to provide sustenance to an animal to a felony, if convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction.
The bill is now before the state Assembly.