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Editorial: Help SPCA help dogs

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hurricane Sandy may have made landfall north of Virginia. But the ripple effects of the storm are being felt even here.

That is evident at the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, which is filled way beyond capacity with puppies and dogs that normally would have been taken by the North Shore Animal League and adopted by homes in the northern states. But the league is grappling with the storm’s impact on New York, running its facilities on generators and helping animals there, so it cannot provide its usual assistance here.

The local SPCA has made adjustments to accommodate the growing number of dogs it is housing, but it is difficult. Dogs and puppies are kept in tight quarters; they are getting less personal attention due to a stretched staff, which can make the animals restless and hyperactive; and there is a higher risk of illness when the animals are kept in closer quarters.

As a result, the SPCA needs supplies, foster families, volunteers and donations to help it through this difficult time. If you can give money, great. If you can give time, terrific. If you can provide blankets, towels, chew toys and other items, they will be welcomed.

The SPCA does a great job helping animals in this community. Now, it needs the public’s help.


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