Resolution J3149-2013

Honoring the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in recognition of its heroic and exemplary efforts on behalf of pets and their owners in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  the  Suffolk  County  Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in recognition of its heroic and  exem-
plary  efforts  on  behalf  of pets and their owners in the aftermath of
Super Storm Sandy

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that all living  crea-
tures  have  value, and to recognize and appreciate the service, compan-
ionship, loyalty, unconditional love and happiness animals bring to  the
lives of New Yorkers; and
  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, lauding
particularly the caring, heroic acts of individuals who take prompt  and
appropriate  action  in crisis situations to assist beloved pets totally
dependent on humans for their safety; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor  the
Suffolk  County  Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
in recognition of its heroic and exemplary efforts on behalf of pets and
their owners in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy; and
  WHEREAS, When Super Storm Sandy hit  Long  Island,  many  pet  owners,
confronted with shelters that prohibited animals, stayed in their homes,
refusing  to abandon their pets; however, lacking power, and transporta-
tion, they were quickly without food and necessary items for  themselves
and their pets; and
  WHEREAS, The Suffolk County SPCA opened three pet shelters at both the
East and West ends of Long Island, providing havens for those left home-
less  by  the  storm,  and  enabling  their pets to receive food, water,
towels and blankets and veterinary services; and
  WHEREAS, Staffed by Suffolk County SPCA  agents,  friends  and  volun-
teers,  the  emergency  pet shelters remained open for more than a week,
providing vital care to the thousands of cats, dogs, birds,  horses  and
farm animals who were suddenly without homes; and
  WHEREAS,  After  the  worst  of the storm, volunteers from the Suffolk
County SPCA loaded cars, vans and the agency's MASH unit and began  food
drops  in some of the hardest hit areas of the Island, working valiantly
to ensure that no animals would be left cold or hungry; and
  WHEREAS, The staff and volunteers of the Suffolk  County  SPCA  worked
hundreds  of  hours, often for long stretches of time without breaks, to
meet the overwhelming shelter and food needs of frightened evacuees  and
their  pets,  as  well  as abandoned animals, even removing some animals
from homes; and
  WHEREAS, The Suffolk County SPCA should be meritoriously commended for
the superb execution of its emergency plan; its agents  and  volunteers,
acting with courage and dedication, saved the lives of untold numbers of
animals, and sparing many pet owners the heartbreaking decision to leave
their animals behind in order to save themselves; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown  a
long  and  sustained  commitment to excellence certainly have earned the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  the  Suffolk  County  Society  for  the  Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals in recognition of its heroic and exemplary efforts on behalf  of
pets  and  their owners in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy; and be it
further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of  Cruelty  to
Animals.

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