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The Home Depot in Monroe hosted a community day on Saturday, Sept, 15, providing workshops for young people, Boy Scouts with cotton candy, Girl Scouts with face painting, a demonstration by state troopers and K9 dog Marty, a visit by some of the cats and dogs from the Warwick Valley Humane Society and a vendor with Kids genetic ID tags. Between 200 and 300 participated in the program, where hotdogs, hamburgers and popcorn were also provided. Home Depot store officials said they expect to host another community day in Monroe next year.
County Executive Edward A. Diana and the President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society Suzyn Barron
WARWICK — The cat population, 185 at last count, who are housed in the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s animal shelter, is at crisis level. “We need the community’s support,” pleads Suzyn Barron, president of the Society. “We are drowning in cats and kittens and we cannot afford their upkeep with litter and cat food.” It’s been a bad year for the society when it comes to taking in unwanted cats.
Last March, the Animal Control Officers (ACOs) at the Shelter rescued an abandoned colony of outdoor unspayed and un-neutered cats from a house in Chester whose occupants had simply moved away leaving the animals without provisions.
Then in June, a dozen cats were removed from a storage unit in Greenwood Lake. Only discovered because someone heard a “meow,” they were rescued from a filthy, dark, dank unit, where they had been living for weeks on end without food or water. Several required immediate medical attention.
Just this August, the ACOs, working for two hours in intense heat, removed 11 cats and one dog from a condemned mobile home in Harriman. “No other agency would come to the aid of these animals,” said Barron.
Her staff recently rescued five cats, living in filth, from a home in Warwick. But there are also numerous surrenders of well cared for animals. “A couple of weeks ago,” said Barron, “a young man came to the shelter in tears because his cat died, leaving four newborn kittens, which his family did not want. And when a Warwick Valley Telephone worker was repairing lines inside a home in Florida, he opened a wall and found a little kitten inside. He brought it here.
” The Humane Society does NOT receive funding to care for cats and must rely on donations and sponsors. It is in desperate need of natural wood stove pellets, feline pine or equine pine pellets, all of which are used for litter, bleach and ground canned cat food.
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“We cannot meet our expenses in caring for all these cats,” said Barron.
“Many are on antibiotics and supplements. We are stretched and stressed to the max and are begging for help.” The animal shelter could also use safe barn-like living conditions for those cats who are used to the outdoors and who are unhappy and stressed living in cages.
Finding good homes is the best solution and the advantages of adopting a pet from the Humane Society, including neutering and having required immunizations, are many.
Bring along a copy of this story for a 50 percent discount on the usual adoption fee.
For additional information or to make a donation call 986-2473
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Photo by Roger Gavan”We need the community’s support,” pleads Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. “We are drowning in cats and kittens and we cannot afford their upkeep with litter and cat food.”
This will be her fourth homeless Christmas!!!! For 2 years, she lived at a veterinary hospital because her family didn’t want her anymore and were willing to euthanize her, but the vet wouldn’t do it. Her tough look belies her gentle personality although she doesn’t like other dogs. She’s strong for her age which is typical of her breed. She had heartworm and has made a full recovery but must stay on heartgard medication year round. Although her life was spared, she deserves better than the shelter. If it were within her power, she would foretell herself a future in a warm and loving home.
ERINZ ’ROCK’ ATORIUM INTERVIEW: SUZYN BARRON, PRESIDENT – WARWICK VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY
Erin Kelly: What is your biggest need and what is the best way people can help?
Suzyn Barron: More adoptions and monetary donations to help with expenses that people do not see like heating and electric bills, veterinarian costs, and basic supplies for the animals.
Erin Kelly: How do people adopt?
Suzyn Barron: Come in to meet the animals, then fill out the adoption application to make sure the person and the animal are a good match.
Erin Kelly: What the importance of spay/ neuter?
Suzyn Barron: There are two (2) important reasons. One for long-term health of a pet and two so that one-day animal shelters will not be overcrowded and healthy animals will not have to die homeless with no people to love them and for them to love.
Special Note: Thank you Aida Guzman of A&E Advertising and Web Design for making the interview happen!
For FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT :
Moving Company Modern Dance Center Summer Arts Donates HANDMADE BAMBOO RUG to the Warwick Valley Humane Society
Young students enrolled in the Moving Company Modern Dance Center summer arts program recently donated a colorful bamboo rug to the Warwick Valley Humane Societyís animal shelter. From left: Annabel Boland, Emma Jakubik, Jonah Bowen, Grace Haesche and Gwen Haesche.
WARWICK — Young students enrolled in the Moving Company Modern Dance Center summer arts program recently donated a colorful bamboo rug to the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s animal shelter. The children had decided to design a rug that would help raise awareness of the homeless pets waiting weeks to months to sometimes years for a family to adopt them. “It’s adorable,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. “It’s incredible that these creative kids chose our organization. It’s bright and cheerful and the message is important.” Barron plans to hang the rug somewhere at the shelter instead of allowing people or even animals to tread on it.
“I am so happy about that,” said Linda Mensch, director of The Moving Company Modern Dance Center. “And the kids will be thrilled if they are able to see this displayed. They sat and made sketches then decided as a group how they could incorporate everyone’s idea. They designed it from soup to nuts. Having the goal of creating this for the cause of helping animals made them work in a beautiful cooperative way.”
The Moving Company Modern Dance Center is located in the Vastu center at 17 Main St. in the Village of Warwick. “We have always been the school that explores creativity within all classes,” said Mensch.
“Our summer program explores visual as well as performing arts. There are full days of creating art, dance, poetry, theater and games.” For information on classes for toddlers through adult call 986-5359 or visit www.movcodance.com.
County Executive Diana Presenting Suzyn Barron President of The Warwick Valley Humane Society with the Proclamation for International Homeless Animals Day Photo taken at OC Officeof Emergency Services .
WARWICK — The Warwick Valley Humane Society hosted its third annual candlelight vigil on Saturday night, Aug. 18, at Railroad Green in the Village of Warwick. The event was again held in celebration of International Homeless Animals’ Day. In 1992, the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) introduced Homeless Animals’ Day and Candlelight Vigils as an educational vehicle to inform the public about a pet overpopulation problem that overwhelms animal shelters. The Warwick Valley Humane Society was one of only two organizations throughout New York State to participate in the event. “We can relate to this,” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Society,“as we have 160 cats or kittens, 20 dogs, five rabbits, one parakeet, two roosters and one mouse at our shelter. Spaying and neutering is the only humane way to impact this global problem.”
Local dignitaries who participated in Saturday night’s ceremony included Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard, Councilman Floyd D’Angelo, Town of Warwick Justice, Nancy D’Angelo, Councilman Russ Kowal and Steve Tardiff, founder of The Animal Rights Alliance. They each shared their support of the work of the Warwick Valley Humane Society and the important services provided to the community. “We thank the Warwick Valley Humane Society for bringing the plight of homeless animals to the public and for their advocacy on behalf of all the animals in our Town,” said Sweeton. “We are lucky to have such a fine organization care for the animals in need.” D’Angelo read a Native American saying that a person will be judged by the animals he or she has encountered throughout their life and that the animals will decide who passes through the gate. Steve Tardiff spoke about the work of The Animal Rights Alliance (T.A.R.A.), the low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats which has been in operation for 11 years and has completed 67,000 spays and neuters. Orange County, the Town of Warwick, the Village of Warwick and the Village of Greenwood Lake also issued proclamations designating Saturday, Aug. 18, as “Homeless Animals Day” in their jurisdictions.
Barron, who is also a professional singer, ended the ceremony with a song titled “If I Could,” with a few word changes to fit the ceremony such as “If I could, you would never know a day of homelessness, never have to know the ache of hopelessness. The only way is to neuter and to spay.”
The society’s shelter, just off Kings Highway, has a large selection of pets, many of whom are housebroken. Shelter personnel collect a history of each pet and assess its health and temperament in order to make the best adoption matches possible. Fees are usually much less than the purchase price of an animal from a pet store or breeder and all pets are vaccinated, de-wormed, and spayed or neutered. For additional information call the Warwick Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter at 986-2473 or visit: www.wvhumane.org.
The WVHS’s professionalism
I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the good work of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. On Aug. 9, the Village of Harriman was made aware of an animal abandonment and neglect situation. After contacting the town of Monroe Animal Shelter with negative results, the Village of Harriman Police Department contacted the Warwick Humane Society. Suzyn Barron and Rebecca Hanlon of the Warwick Society responded and handled the situation with professionalism and deep regard for the one dog and 11 cats which were left in deplorable conditions. Without the Warwick Valley Humane Society s assistance, the fate of these 12 animals was probably not very good. I would like to thank Suzyn and Rebecca for their invaluable work and assistance to the Village of Harriman. As the Warwick Humane Society operates almost completely on donations, I encourage anyone who is able to make a donation to them so that they are able to continue their work. Donations may be sent to the Warwick Valley Humane Society, PO Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990 or at www.wvhumane.org.
Stephen H. Welle Mayor, Village of Harriman
Happy summer, Friends!
We are so pleased and grateful for the talent and charisma of Nicole Johndrow and Warren Freeman, who charmed a sold-out crowd at Warwick Grove on July 15. Their dedication to the finest details of style and performance is an inspiration to us all. We thank the artists, as well, for their repeated and heartfelt references to the Warwick Valley Humane Society, which was the beneficiary of all donations made that day. From our Advisory Board, Tara Khaleel gave a warm and inspirational speech at intermission. Thank you, Tara!
We are excited about presenting some more wonderful events. At this time, we are seeking venues and sponsors—please consider becoming a sponsor today; we would be happy to speak with you to work out the most amenable partnership possible.
Yours in health, happiness and love for animals,
Eileen – Founder
FLORIDA — The Warwick Valley Humane Society’s animal shelter has long been a safe haven for all lost pets in the community it serves.
A recent example occurred when Keka, an African Gray Parrot living with a family in the Village of Florida, flew away.
Keka had always had the freedom to spread her wings and fly about the house at will. But the Victorian home had lots of windows and on June 10, Keka discovered the only one that was open and she seized the opportunity to take off into the wild blue yonder.