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Shelter holds open house encouraging people to speak up

This family from Halifax adopted two kittens during the L.A. Animal Shelter’s prevention of animal cruelty event over the weekend. 

AMHERST – Orange ribbons were given out throughout the afternoon as the L.A. Animal Shelter hosted a prevention of animal cruelty event on April 20.

The sweet little kittens were a big hit especially with the children and two were fortunate to be adopted during the event.

Also a beautiful smaller dog, Sandy, got to go to a very loving new home, thus stirring up lots of excitement and well wishes.

Shelter president Marilyn Williams welcomed everyone and shared with all the 5 Ways to Help Decrease Animal Abuse, including being the voice for animals and speaking up when situations of cruelty or neglect are witnessed and or notifying authorities of such.

Children were encouraged to tell someone if they should see someone hurting an animal and parents were encouraged to teach their children to be kind to animals through positive role-modeling.

It was also noted that studies show that those children who are mean to animals many times go on to be violent in later life to animals and people.

Williams said checking out town or municipal bylaws regarding animal abuse is encouraged and talking to local councillors or political candidates is a great way to show support for animals.

She encouraged people to get involved with their local animal shelter by spending time with the animals who have been brought to the shelter – many times having suffered abuse or neglect. This can mean so much to the dogs and cats and can certainly help them learn to trust again and become even more adoptable.

So many animals long to be cuddled, played with, taken for a walk, brushed and combed and just held close and loved. And if time is not possible, donating to the shelter to help with the upgrading of kennels and cages, perhaps being able to build a safe and secure dog play area and be able to buy more comfortable dog and cat beds are just some ways you can show the animals you care for them at the shelter.

If you do contact your police department or RCMP, canine control officer, town or municipality with a complaint regarding animal neglect or abuse and nothing seems to result, please do not give up. Keep up the calls. Things must change and with the word that perhaps the province is going to look at stronger legislation and punishment for animal cruelty our voices will be heard.

But until then, if you see something, say something. Our precious animals deserve at least that much.

 

Organizations: RCMP

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