We have a job for you.
We just received an Advocacy Alert from the ASPCA that we think you might be interested in.
In September, last year, the ASPCA filed a petition with the USDA asking that agency to strengthen its regulations concerning animal breeding facilities, what we all know of as “puppy mills.”
While no one wants the practice of puppy milling to continue, in the meantime there are hundreds of them around the country, including right here in Central and Western New York.
Current standards of care are so weak that breeders can legally keep dogs in tiny, stacked cages with wire floors that may injure their paws and legs.
Mother dogs can be bred at every heat cycle with no recovery time between litters.
Breeders aren’t even required to provide hands-on veterinary care to the dogs at their facilities.
So the ASPCA is asking for such minimal standards as annual hands-on veterinary exams, humane housing, proper socialization, and responsible breeding practices for the animals in the facilities that the USDA licenses and inspects.
The USDA has yet to respond to this request and it’s been a year!
Go to the ASPCA Advocacy Center at www.aspca.org/take-action/advocacy-center and scroll down to find the petition.
It’s the least we can do on this important issue.
n a much happier note – do you love chocolate?
Join us for Dinner and a Movie on October 22, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Conference Center.
Buffet dinner, wonderful chocolate fountain, screening of the original Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with special guest, Dr. Peter Ostrum, one of our local veterinarians who, as a youngster, played Charlie Bucket in the movie.
Tickets online at www.oswegohumane.org/events or call the office at 207-1070 to reserve tickets.
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.