•World Spay Day 2/26
•Volunteer Orientation 3/3
•HumDog Expo 3/10
•Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala Fundraiser 3/16
•Volunteer Orientation 4/7
•Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
•Pints for Pets - Mad River Brewery 5/1
•Volunteer Orientation 5/5
•Be Kind to Animals Week 5/5-5/11
•Dog Bite Prevention Week 5/19-5/25
•Adopt A Shelter Cat Month
•Volunteer Orientation 6/2
•Take Your Dog To Work Day 6/21
•Humboldt Crab’s Sequoia Humane Society Night 6/13
•Volunteer Orientation 7/7
•Volunteer Orientation 8/4
•Woofstock & Mutt Strut 8/10
•February 18th: President’s Day Sale - Buy one, Get one free clearance sale
•March 15th & 16th: “Luck Of The Irish” Sale: Receive a 10% -50% off coupon drawing with every purchase (furniture and pet carriers are excluded)
•March 22nd - 23rd: Easter Sale - 50% off Easter merchandise
•Spring Special Sale: Buy One, Get One Free women’s shoes and purses
•May 11th: Mother’s Day Sale - Mothers get 50% off clothing, purses, shoes, purses & jewelry and free flowers
•May 24th-25th: Pre-Memorial Day Sale
•June 15th: Father’s Day Sale - Fathers get 50% off tools, men’s clothing and shoes
•July 1st- 6th: Sizzling Summer Sale - 50% off summer clothes all week!
•August 5th-9th: Back To School Sale - 50% off slacks and jeans
•September 2nd- 4th: Pre-Fall Sale - 50% off sweaters, jackets and coats
•October 18th-19th: “Spooky Sale” - 50% off Halloween items
•November 20th-23rd: 50% off Thanksgiving items
•November 29th: Black Friday Sale - 50% off storewide sale
•December 2nd-22nd: 50% off extended Christmas Sale
•December 13th: Photo with Santa Paws (complimentary dog biscuits, apple cider, cookies and candy canes - $5.00 donation)
|What is Animal Abuse?|
Many people have different interpretations of what is considered "animal abuse". Identifying abuse or neglect can be harder than it seems. It is important that you look at the entire situation to determine if an animal is being abused or neglected, and to ascertain whether the abuse in intentional and/or malicious. Many times what seems like neglect over a neighbor's fence may be misinterpreted, or may not fall within the legal definition of animal abuse.
There may be situations where you feel an animal is being neglected because they are not being treated the way you yourself would treat a pet. For example, if a dog is left tethered in the back yard at all times. As long as the pet owner provides adequate food, water and shelter, they may not actually be violating any laws.
The legal definition of animal abuse or animal cruelty is what determines how law enforcement may respond to a reported incident. To help facilitate law enforcement's ability to prosecute animal abusers it is important to collect factual information when you suspect abuse or neglect, and to place a report with the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction.
The California Penal Code defines animal cruelty as the malicious or intentional maiming, mutilation, torture or wounding of a living animal, and states that any person who overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary food, drink or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates or cruelly kills an animal is guilty of a misdemeanor or felony. Any person who owns, possesses, keeps or trains a dog with the intent to engage the animal in exhibition fighting, as well as any person who is knowingly present as a spectator at an exhibition of fighting of dogs, is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, any person who willfully abandons any animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.
What Can You Do About Animal Abuse?
If you suspect cruelty to an animal you should contact your local law enforcement agency. As a witness, you will need to be able to provide information about the situation, such as:
The more detailed you can be in your description the more evidence animal control will have to pursue your report. If others have also witnessed a particular animal being abused or neglected, ask them to report the incident as well - corroborating evidence supports your case. Animal control officers may not be available to respond immediately to a reported incident of animal abuse. Don't wait until an animal's life is in danger - if you suspect abuse, document it and report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency. You may also want to follow up with the law enforcement agency to find out if the situation fell under the legal definition of animal abuse, and if not, why.
If it turns out that a situation you feel is unhealthy for an animal does not fall within the legal definition of animal abuse, you may want to approach the owner and gently suggest different approaches to how they treat their pet. Many people were brought up with different ideas about pet ownership and/or may not understand a dog or cat's physical, mental and emotional needs. However, do not put yourself in a compromising situation; if they are not receptive to your input, it is a good idea to back off. You may continue to monitor the situation and report any additional developments to law enforcement.
You can help prevent animal abuse by taking care of the animals you have, and encouraging others to do the same. If you want to take a more active role in helping animals in your community you can volunteer at a local shelter or rescue, or donate to groups that support animal welfare.
Who Do You Report Animal Abuse To?
If the suspected incident of animal abuse occurs within city limits, you should contact that city's police department; they will coordinate with animal control officers to investigate your claim. If the reported incident occurs outside of city limits, contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department.
Frequently Asked Questions About Animal Abuse
When in doubt, contact your local law enforcement agency to discuss the situation with them. Remember that people who are cruel to animals are often violent toward children and other humans as well. By reporting suspected animal cruelty.
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