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Letter: The Joys Of Animal Rescue

You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8 – 10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that four million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily.

But since 1944 there is an exceptional alternative — the North Shore Animal League America, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 charitable corporation, located in Port Washington, has saved more than one million precious and innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. North Shore is a pioneer in the no-kill movement, adoptions and in promoting education programs to reduce animal cruelty. For example, in 2010, in cooperation with Yale University they developed a Mutt-i-grees Curriculum that teaches the next generation of children crucial social and emotional skills. Hopefully these efforts may also lead to fewer or perhaps even no school shootings. An emotional attachment to animals may then lead to compassion for humans as well.

I am grateful to North Shore, my wife Wendy and my daughter Carole, for adopting two fine dogs, Brobee and Hugo. Brobee’s prior owners went through a divorce, went to work and left him in a cage for 12 hours a day during the first year of his life. Brobee loves human contact and to be petted. He is a combination Labrador and Hound. There is a dog on television that looks like him. Brobee runs like the wind. He loves the ocean. He’s about 70 lbs. He is black with a white chest.

Hugo came to us a year later. He is a combination Shar Pei and Great Dane. He is brown with a big head. He may also be Hollywood-bound. He’s about 80 lbs and a year old.  He has a bit of an eye problem for which he will soon undergo some surgery. They do have health insurance. It costs about $70 per month for two dogs. Hugo’s eye surgery will be out of pocket for my daughter — about $2,000 For her, the love that she gives to that dog and what all of us receive in return is well worth it.

Thank you North Shore, Carole and Wendy for making our home a happier place with Brobee and Hugo. Check out North Shore today! You’ll love it! I promise. 

— Thomas Liotti

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

The Saint Mary’s High School Alumni Association hosted another successful Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, despite the cancellation of the golf outing portion of the event due to heavy rain and wind throughout the day. The event, which was the 22nd annual, honored Tom Raleigh of Floral Park, who was this year’s recipient of the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

The evening portion of the event brought a large turnout of alumni and guests to Plandome Country Club for the dinner reception to support St. Mary’s High School’s many wonderful programs. All the money raised directly benefits current St. Mary’s students.  


Calendar

Next Generation of Spirit Communication

Friday, October 24

FPMHS Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser

Sunday, October 26

Harvest Fair

Saturday, November 1



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