Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:31
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 4 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 1 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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
Plainview resident Gail Wurtzel will be leading her team, Memories of Miriam, in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Eisenhower Park later this month.
Wurtzel’s Mother, Miriam Hanania, also a Plainview resident, succumbed to the disease two years ago after a long struggle. The disease forced her to go from an active, vibrant person to being wheelchair-bound and dependent on others for her care.
ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
While everyone is subject to the trials and tribulations that life offers on a day-to-day basis, some people can use just a little bit of extra help. Luckily, there’s help with a proven track record out there for those who need it.
Joe Russo of Old Bethpage heads up the Recovery International meetings held weekly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. These meetings extol the virtues of the self-help techniques developed by the late Dr. Abraham Low, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry as the University of Illinois Medical School.