- Apr 19, 2012: ADOPTED
- Apr 19, 2012: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
- Apr 16, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to be celebrated April 21, 2012 WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to those individuals and organizations who would faithfully dedicate themselves to the care and protection of animals; and WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem orate the 125th Anniversary of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to be celebrated at a Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, New York; and WHEREAS, A non-profit animal shelter located in Menands, New York, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) has been providing shelter, food, care and a lot of TLC, as well as medical attention, if needed, to cats and dogs in the Capital Region community for 125 years; and WHEREAS, Founded in 1887 as the Albany Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, it merged with the Albany Chapter of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1893 to become the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society; and WHEREAS, In 1913, MHHS built the region's first animal shelter; it grew to be the parent organization for animal and child protection agen cies in 12 counties; and WHEREAS, MHHS cared for children until 1957; that same year, this illustrious organization built New York State's second non-profit animal hospital; and WHEREAS, Today, under the able leadership of Executive Director Brad Shear, MHHS sponsors various community education and outreach programs throughout the year; its field services include rescue and care of injured or distressed animals, investigation of reports of animal abuse and neglect, and enforcement of Agriculture and Markets laws; and WHEREAS, In addition to its on-site and field personnel, MHHS is assisted by a team of volunteers who help to support and maintain the health of animals residing at the shelter and participate in various fundraising and community activities; and WHEREAS, In 2011, these volunteers gave 25,116 hours of their time and energy to support MHHS's programs; they also collected and sorted over 900,000 bottles and cans, raising a significant amount for the Society; and
WHEREAS, The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society's animal care facility is the largest in the Capital Region, receiving an average of over 6,000 animals per year; and WHEREAS, MHHS receives not just common household pets like cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters, but also snakes, birds, iguanas, fish, horses, livestock, and even llamas; and WHEREAS, The primary goal of MHHS is to improve the lives of homeless and abused animals through sheltering, adoption, education and advocacy, as well as the prevention of animal cruelty; and WHEREAS, MHHS was the first animal organization to respond to the Villages of Schoharie and Middleburgh after being devastated by Hurri cane Irene; and WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when organ izations of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to be celebrated April 21, 2012; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran smitted to Brad Shear, Executive Director, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.