How many times have we witnessed what could possibly be abuse of an animal, only to turn away, not knowing what to do, or who to advise? We have almost all seen instances where someone has seemed cruel past the point of discipline. If we are expected to report cases of child abuse, why not animal abuse? And who sets the limits?
The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society calls upon YOU to document, photograph (if you can, discreetly) and report suspected abuse of pets. This is not a case of you sticking your nose into someone else’s business, it’s a case of perhaps saving the life of a helpless pet.
People seldom buy cats or dogs for the sole purpose of mutilation or torture. Sometimes situations get out of hand, personal life gets in the way of animal welfare and human frustrations are taken out on captive audiences – be it child or pet.
When people can’t afford groceries or bills, animals are often the first to feel the brunt of poverty and may be beaten or abandoned. They are helpless, and when they have no recourse, they can turn on the owner, causing even more extreme violence, sometimes even death.
The Humane Society suggests that you call Animal Control to report any situation that you belief may threaten the life or well-being of a pet. The numbers are:
Clark County Animal Control 455-7710
City of Las Vegas Animal Control 229-6348
Henderson Animal Control 565-2033
North Las Vegas Animal Control 633-1390
Boulder City Animal Control 293-9283
Clark County Health District 385-1291
After you have done that, please place a call to the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society at: (702) 434-2009 or contact them through email. Sometimes the owner will be relieved to have their pet taken off their hands; in other cases, the Humane Society may have to take legal action.
“Besides prohibiting cruelty to animals the Nevada State Law requires that one’s animals receive adequate food, fresh water and shelter from the elements.”
Intervention is not interference – it could result in saving an animal’s life and giving them the opportunity to find a new home, with loving owners who are able to provide for their needs.
If you wish to make a donation, or if you can spare time to volunteer at the Humane Society, please contact them as well – they will be glad to have your help in any way possible! If you have room in your heart (and home) for just one more bit of love, please consider adopting a new friend today.
CATS UP FOR ADOPTION:
Here are a few of the furry critters just waiting for a loving home:
BANDIT (pictured): Bandit is an 8 month old black and white tuxedo. Bandit is unique as he has 1 white whisker above his eye!! He is very affectionate and gets along with other cats. If you would like to meet Bandit please call 434-2009. Bandit is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.
ANNABELLE: Annabelle is a sweet 1 1/2 year old girl who was abandoned on the streets of Las Vegas. This young girl was scared and alone, but after the LVVHS rescued her, she has felt safe enough to show her true personality. Annabelle loves to play and she’s not choosy about her toys; mice, balls, feathers, she’ll play with anything! She likes gentle petting and appreciates your company. Annabelle would like a quiet home and would be ok with one or two other cats. Annabelle is spayed, micro-chipped and current on her vaccinations. The only thing Annabelle is missing is her new family.
FREEDOM: Freedom is a two year old, very large male persian and is a special needs kitty. He has been through a lot and is ready to find his forever home. Although he does not require daily medication, he does require daily monitoring, as well two prescription foods. He is the biggest love and is happy he can again have his belly rubs as often as you will give them. He is a lap cat who never complains about anything and has never met a person or animal he did not instantly fall in love with. You can meet Freedom at Petco on Serene and Eastern on weekends from 11-3. Freedom is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.
ADOPTION LOCATIONS FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY:
The PETCO store at 2091 North Rainbow Blvd on the northwest corner of the intersection with Lake Mead. Here, adoptions are held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday every weekend.
The PETCO store at 7731 W Tropical Parkway near Centennial Pkwy and U.S. 95. on Saturday and Sunday every weekend from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The PETCO store at 2340 E Serene Ave near Eastern and the 215 beltway every other Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The PETCO store at 3890 Blue Diamond Road at Interstate 15 on opposite Saturdays of Serene from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.