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October 20, 2014
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Happy howlidays; A season for giving

Tonight, as I am writing this article, my four dogs are lounging on the couch, there’s a fire in the stove, our house is toasty warm and all their bellies are full. They are lucky dogs, and I imagine that many of The River Reporter’s readers’ dogs are living the same type of life. I find that many dog lovers think of their furry friends as family, and treat them as such. Our dogs don’t want for much, they receive routine veterinary care, quality food, toys, and they often accompany us on our travels about town. It’s not surprising then that most of us will include our dogs on our holiday gift list. Like I said, our dogs are lucky.  Read more

Pets as gifts

Have you considered giving a pet as a gift? Or perhaps you have received a pet as a gift? This time of year loved ones are always grappling with what to give during the season of gift giving and cheer. I have noticed that this time of year pets have become a common gift to give to children, adults, parents or grandparents. Recalling the classical Normal Rockwell rendition of a young child wanting their first puppy for Christmas many people feel compelled to give puppies for Christmas.  Read more

Holiday happenings at the Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark are encouraging animal lovers to adopt a pet this holiday season by offering special prices on cats and dogs.  Read more

Rehabilitating the rescue dog

Lately, it seems that we are seeing more and more animal abuse cases. I’m so thankful for all of our local media bringing to light the plight of these innocent creatures that have suffered in the hands of those who can’t or won’t properly care for their animals. For most of these animals, the lives they led before they were rescued were unimaginable to most of us. Filthy conditions, lack of food and little, if any, positive, friendly human contact force these pets to live in “survival mode.”  Read more

Neglected pets: life after

Have you ever been sitting in your living room and watching television when the ASPCA’s commercial comes on? Do you become flooded with emotions as the camera sweeps past cages of animals that are sick, injured, once abused pets? This is a common response for many. But the biggest question is what happens to those animals once they are recovered from those undesirable situations? Given the current financial state of the economy locally, many animals have to endure such hardship, and as a result many of them require intense veterinary care.  Read more

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