‘Desperate House Cats’ In Locust Valley

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If your cats are giving you trouble or you have a new baby on the way and you fear that you may have to get rid of your beloved feline because of the strange myths that abound, help is on the way with the launch of “Desperate House Cats,” the Animal Lovers League’s new and free outreach program.

The group will be present at the Locust Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Sale in the Sun on Saturday, Aug. 1, from noon to 3 p.m., on Forest Avenue to meet with cat owners and give out information about this life-saving mission. Check out the “Spin-and-Win Wheel” where everyone is a winner. They will also have pet items for sale, including cat toys, dog collars and leashes. Call 516-723-9610 for exact location of the tent.

DesperateCat_073115AThousands of cats are euthanized at Long Island shelters, and many more thousands are turned into the streets due to lack of placement resources. Many of these cats could be retained in their household with some behavioral assistance and modification.  While there are hundreds of dog trainers available, there are few, if any, cat behaviorists on Long Island. That is why the Humane Society of the United States has trained counselors to fill the need.

The Animal Lovers staff has just successfully completed a course that began in April, comprised of 40 students chosen from applications submitted nationally and sponsored by The Humane Society Academy. Taught by a certified animal behaviorist, each participant was required to study from the works of an internationally recognized certified behaviorist, view online resources and videos, participate in question and discussion sessions and complete assignments and test cases weekly for grading by an instructor.

The staff’s recent training, coupled with its many years of experience with thousands of animals the league sheltered, will enable three staff members to be taking phone calls to assess a feline guardian’s concerns and helping to put together a plan to help both kitty and guardian back to “best friend status.” The program begins Aug. 1. Call the office at 516-723-9610 or email animallovershelp@aol.com with your name and phone number; they will return calls in the order received. The service is free.

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