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August 21st, 2013

Humane Society rallies for homeless animals

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana presents Suzyn Barron, President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, and Celia Ross, Vice President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society, with the 2013 International Homeless Animals’ Day Proclamation, Warwick Valley Humane Society, Warwick, NY, August 15, 2013,

GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana visited the Warwick Valley Humane Society in Warwick recently and presented a proclamation to its president Ms. Suzyn Barron proclaiming Saturday, August 17, 2013 as "International Homeless Animals’ Day" in Orange County, raising awareness to the plight of the millions of homeless animals left abandoned or unwanted in animal shelters in Orange County and beyond.

"The purpose of this proclamation is to inform our friends and neighbors here in Orange County of the tragedy of pet overpopulation, as this leads to shelters being overwhelmed and innocent creatures being ‘put to sleep,’" said County Executive Diana. "Please be a responsible pet owner - spay or neuter your furry companions, including any outdoor cats you are feeding."

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half is euthanized.

"We ask that our fellow residents consider adopting pets instead of buying them. We have approximately 200 adorable cats of all shapes and sizes for any type of family make-up or owner personality, and 60 dogs who are looking to be loyal companions," said Ms. Barron. "Pets really do enhance our quality of life. There’s even evidence that having a pet lowers a person’s blood pressure. Please save a life, adopt a pet."

A Candlelight Vigil was held on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Village Green on Railroad Avenue in the Village of Warwick by the Warwick Valley Humane Society in observance of Homeless Animals’ Day, shedding light on the global tragedy of pet overpopulation.

The Warwick Valley Humane Society welcomes visitors, volunteers and donations from the community of any kind, including: monetary, canned cat food (wet), jumbo dog biscuits, natural wood stove (pine) pellets, paper towels, bleach, "simple green" (non-toxic cleaning products), peroxide, rubber yellow gloves, ace bandages, gauze pads, large contractor garbage bags, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, and flat blankets (with no inside stuffing).

For more information, including spaying and neutering, contact the Warwick Valley Humane Society at (845) 986-2473 or visit them at 48 Public Works Drive in Warwick 7 days a week from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and anytime on-line at

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