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Articles Archive

Our collection of articles that appear from time to time.

Animal Welfare

Animal Cruelty in Wayne County

Animal cruelty cases in Wayne County have been well publicized lately. Increased awareness and the rise of people reporting the crime are attributed to this trend. Wayne County has three part time animal cruelty investigators with a total working budget of approximately $28,000 through the District Attorney's Office. The Animal Cruelty Investigators have become a vital link in helping animals and prosecuting the offenders. Full story

Do You Have a Disaster Plan for Your Pets?

Who has not heard of the horrific devastation caused by the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean? What about the devastating effects of the three hurricanes that hit the Florida coast within six weeks? Full story (1/2005)

Celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week

Dog bites are no laughing matter. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, each year 800,000 people seek medical treatment for a dog bite related injury, with half of those treated being children. Full story (5/2006)

Dog Bite Prevention Week

Millions of people across the United States share their home with at least one dog. For the most part, the relationship between a dog and a human is an enjoyable one. However, there are exceptions. Full story (5/2005)

Extending a helping hand to our neighbors

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 news spread quickly concerning an animal hoarding complaint against the Wyoming County SPCA. The New York State Troopers obtained a warrant and went into this shelter. What they found were hundreds upon hundreds of cats running loose within the facility in unsanitary conditions. Full story (2/2012)

Give Me Shelter - It's the Law!

In September 2003 Governor George Pataki signed into a law an act to amend the Agriculture and Markets Law, requiring appropriate shelter for outdoor dogs. Full story (11/2003)

Keep Your Pet Comfortable During these Dog Days of Summer

People perspire when their body temperature rises in order to maintain a normal body temperature. Full story (7/2004)

It is That Time of Year: Pet Hair is Everywhere!

As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, our pets shed their winter coats for a cooler summer version. Full story (6/2005)

My Pets are Heroes, My Pets Save Lives

All of my pets, two dogs and five cats, are all spayed and neutered so they are not producing litters of unwanted kittens and puppies. Full story (11/2003)

Never Ignore a Barking Dog

Dogs communicate their emotions by barking. Most dog owners can tell what their dog needs or wants by the tone and pitch of its bark. Full story (11/2003)

Pet Owners New Year Resolutions

This week more than any other time of the year we will all make resolutions that will hopefully improve the quality of our life in some way. Full story (1/2004)

Pet Toys are a Necessity, not a Luxury

Growing up we all had a favorite type that gave us comfort and pleasure. Pet toys fulfill similar needs for our pets. Full story (2/2004)

Pets and Heartworm

After this cold winter, who is not ready for spring? Unfortunately along with the warmer weather come common parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Full story (3/2004)

Those Pesky Fleas

As the grass starts to grow so does the flea population. Can you believe that pet owners will spend an estimated one billion dollars this year controlling fleas? Full story (4/2004)

When are People Going  to Take Responsibility for Their Cats?

We humans have come a long way in taking responsibility for our dogs. Full story (5/2004)

When it is Time to Say Goodbye

There is no doubt that pets enrich our lives in so many ways. However, one major disadvantage to a pet is that they have a substantially shorter life span than a human does. Full story (3/2004)

Wildlife and Pets Don't Mix

Even though our pets can pose to be a danger to wildlife, conversely, wildlife can be a serious health hazard to our domestic pets. Full story (6/2004)

Holiday Considerations

Pets and Holiday Happiness

I have written mostly about hazards that face our pets and about the cruel things that people do to harm animals. I would like to share with you this holiday season a story about a famous shelter dog and his happy ending. Full story (12/2003)

The Holiday Gift Giving Season; Living Animals Should not be Given as Gifts

I am sure we all have many funny stories of outrageous and really weird holiday gifts that we have received in the past. Talk about the Ghost of Christmas Past! Great Marley's ghost! Full story (12/2003)

The Humane Society Wishes a Safe and Happy Halloween to all!

Halloween can be a lot of fun for everyone! Venturing out on this dark night with Jack O' Lanterns glowing in windows and on porches to scare the spirits who walk the earth this last night of October. Full story (10/2003)

Turkey Bones and holiday dinners can be big trouble for pets

At the end of November we leave our diets behind and eat without guilt indulging in an irresistible feast. Full story (11/2003)

Seasonal Thoughts

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful!

It happens every year in mid January, the mercury dips well below zero and stays there for several days in a row. Even just a few days of these Arctic temperatures take their toll on our pets and us. Full story (1/2004)

Protecting Wildlife

Spring is a time of renewal from the long cold winter. It is a magical time of year when the garden comes back from dried brown twigs of winter and bursts into color and fragrance. Full story (5/2004)


1st Rate 1st Graders!

I want to take moment and introduce you to a very special classroom in the Wayne Central School, Mrs. Morton's 1st grade class. In the late fall before the holiday season started, Mrs. Morton came up with a heart warming thought to benefit the Humane Society during the holiday season. Full story (3/2004)

Be Kind to Animals Week May 6-12, 2007

The American Humane Society created Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915 to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals. Full story (4/2007)

Celebrate Shelter Appreciation Week!

The first full week of November is Shelter Appreciation Week as decreed by the Humane Society of the United Sates. This is a good time to stop and ask yourself exactly what you know about your local animal shelter, and when exactly was the last time you visited or supported your local shelter? Full story (10/2003)

Palmyra Farmer Donates Winnings to the HSWC

Beverly Koeberle of Palmyra was named a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gave farmers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Full story (5/2011)

From Wags to Riches - the Story of Boots

One day early in the month of April 2001, a scrawny little black and white long hair female cat was admitted to the shelter. Although she was not much more than a kitten herself she was admitted with three very small kittens. Full story (1/2004)

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Cats have been kept as pets since the time of the Egyptians. Cats are very unique creatures, with different personalities. Full story (6/2004)


PETsMART Charities, upon opening the new PETsMART store on Holt Road in Webster, offered the shelter an opportunity to house some of our homeless felines in the store’s Adoption Center. Full story

The Humane Society and Adoption Fees

As a board member of the Humane Society of Wayne County I am frequently asked why, if the Humane Society is committed to finding homes for unwanted animals, does the shelter charge a fee to adopt a pet? Full story (12/2003)

Volunteer Drivers Needed

As you may know, we at the Humane Society have some wonderful partners around the area that contribute to the health and well-bing of the animals that we care for. Full story (8/2009)

We Wrapped our Ride!

There's no mistaking us on the road. No mistaking who we are or what we care about, either. Full story (5/2011)


Life's Lessons Learned from a Pet

I have often said that a pet enriches one's life. But come to think of it, many of life's lessons I have learned from my pets. Full story (8/2004)