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Bill could give tax credit to New Yorkers who adopt pets


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Fido might soon be able to pay you back for taking him out of a shelter.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras introduced to the City Council on Thursday a bill that would offer a $100 state tax credit to New Yorkers who have adopted a dog or cat from a shelter.

If the bill is taken up by the New York State Legislature and passed, it would make New York the first state to offer such a credit in the nation.

“Encouraging New Yorkers with a tax credit to adopt pets is not only compassionate but would bring relief to our overburdened animal shelters and to animal lovers who want to adopt but are weary of the initial costs,” Ferreras said. “In addition, the companionship of a pet has proven health and social benefits for adults and children.”

State Senator Kevin Parker is the prime sponsor of the bill in the state Senate.

“Councilwoman Ferreras’ resolution in support of my Senate bill S. 2894 provides a tax credit incentive to help offset adoption fees, vaccinations and initial pet care, significantly cutting the public cost of caring, feeding and providing medical care to pets that are often euthanized with an alternative and happier solution,” Parker said. “ Ferreras’ noteworthy resolution sets an example for other cities to do the same.”

According to statistics provided by the councilwoman, Animal Care & Control of New York City, the city’s contracted animal rescue organization, took in 29,809 cats and dogs between October 2013 and September 2014. Out of that number, over 6,100 were adopted.

“We have so many wonderful animals looking for loving homes each and every day, and welcome initiatives such as a pet tax credit that may encourage more New Yorkers to help make a difference for our city’s homeless cats and dogs,” said Risa Weinstock, executive director of Animal Care & Control.

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Cat rescued from Elmhurst tree finds home with Glendale grandmother and granddaughter


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Photos courtesy of Annet Artani

Dorothy has finally made it to a new home.

Dorothy Gale is a lovable cat who on Dec. 20 was rescued from a three-story-high tree in front of Newton High School in Elmhurst.

She had been stuck in the tree for three days and residents had attached a sign to the tree looking for help. Councilman Daniel Dromm’s office contacted animal advocacy organization NYCLASS and other animal advocates. Firefighters were then called to conduct the actual rescue.

After living temporarily with Annet Artani of Miney’s Rescue of Love, Dorothy was adopted on Jan. 13 by Glendale grandmother and granddaughter Danielle Dunn and Kathy Strong, whose family recently lost two of their three cats to old age. The third cat had become lonely and depressed, and the family decided Dorothy would be the best companion.

For Artani it is a bittersweet feeling having to let Dorothy go, after falling in love with her and bonding. She adds that even her dog Miney is moping around missing her.

Although still a bit shy, Artani says Dorothy is adjusting to her new environment and family well.

“Because my rescue is based out of my home, I have a different way of doing things than a shelter,” Artani said. “The bond I build with each animal I rescue is intense because I make sure they leave here knowing what a loving home feels like so they are ready for the next permanent one. But it always takes a toll.”

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Cat rescued from Elmhurst tree looking for home


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Photos courtesy of Councilman Daniel Dromm's office

One Queens cat is looking for the purrfect home.

On Dec. 20, FDNY Battalion 46 rescued a cat, now named Dorothy Gale, from a tree three stories high in front of Newton High School in Elmhurst, according to Councilman Daniel Dromm.

Dorothy had been stuck in the tree for three days and residents had attached a sign to the tree looking for help. Dromm’s office contacted animal advocacy organization NYCLASS and other animal advocates. Firefighters were called to conduct the actual rescue.

“My office works hard to serve the community,” Dromm said. “Recently, we received a call from a constituent in Elmhurst stating that a cat had been stuck in a tree for three days. I am an animal rights activist and knew we had to help. We immediately started making calls to bring Dorothy Gale to safety. I’m glad we helped. Now, we hope someone can give her a nice, warm, permanent home.”

Since being saved, Dorothy has paid a visit to the vet, where she was spayed and given all her shots.

Currently in good health, Dorothy is living with foster mom Annet Artani of Miney’s Rescue of Love, who writes on Facebook that the cat is “very friendly.”

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Photo via Facebook

Anyone interested in welcoming Dorothy Gale into their home can contact Annet Artani of Miney’s Rescue of Love at fonoula28@aol.com or 347-934-5707.

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Dog and blind caged cat left on Howard Beach sidewalk


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Giuseppina Licata

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An apparently blind cat and a dog were found in Howard Beach on Friday, the dog’s leash attached to the cage that held the tabby.

Several residents noticed the cage on 91st Street between 159th and 160th avenues, and stood watch over the animals waiting for the owner to return, locals said.

After several hours, the residents called local shelters, but were told there was no room.

Pictures of the pets were posted on Facebook, which prompted one Howard Beach resident to take the dog in while another is holding on to the cat until a home can be found for it.

 

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Keep your pets safe in the extreme heat


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The 100 degree heat does not affect only humans, but pets as well.

Pet owners should take steps to ensure their pets remain cool and safe.

“It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets in the next few days,” said Dr. Steven Fox, president and CEO of Central Veterinary Associates. “The hot weather and dehydration can have serious effects on your pet’s health so it is essential to provide your pet with fresh water at all times and maintain a comfortable environment further.”

Central Veterinary Associates has offered some tips to help keep pets safe as the temperature rises:

● Look for signs of heat stroke in your pet — Because of their fur, pets are more susceptible to heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke in pets include a body temperature between 104 and 110 degrees, excessive panting, tongue and gums that are sticky and a dark or bright red color, staggering, stupor or seizures. In extreme cases, heat stroke for pets may result in bloody diarrhea, coma or death.

● Avoid strenuous exercise when it’s really hot outside — The hottest part of the day is between noon and 4 p.m., so that would not be a good time to take your pet for a walk. It is better to exercise your pet either in the early mornings or evenings when the heat is less intense. Also, avoid walking your pet on asphalt or sand, as the hot surface temperature may burn their paws.

● Maintain your pet’s water supply — Always provide a bowl of clean, fresh water for your pet, both inside and outside. Keeping your pet properly hydrated will improve their health and prevent illness.

● Do not leave pets in a home without air conditioning — Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures will reach uncomfortable and often dangerously high levels. Always keep the air conditioning and any fans on for your pets.

● Do not leave pets in a car for any reason — Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. Even with the windows open, temperatures will rapidly climb to a dangerous level. Leaving your pet unattended in a car will expose them to heat stroke, dehydration, brain damage, suffocation and ultimately death.