One issue that we deal with on a too-frequent basis at the NCSPCA is animal abuse\Neglect. Traumatized pets come to us from homes in which they were tied outside without adequate shelter or water, mistreated or beaten when they misbehaved, or otherwise subjected to intolerable living conditions. Many of these dogs and cats require intensive, long-term efforts to socialize them and to help them develop trust. Some of them never really become socialized enough to be successfully adopted. These pets may become long-term residents of the shelter and never find a loving, forever home.

You can help prevent this sad outcome by being an observant reported of abuse. If you see an animal who is being neglected or abused, a simple phone call will alert authorities to investigate the matter. The Essex County Sheriff's Office (873-6916) and the NY State Police (897-2000) will follow up on these reports. In addition, your local Animal Control Officer is an expert on animal abuse. You can find a listing of area Animal Control Officers on our website, www.ncspca.org.

This week's featured pet is Bashful, a young tabby shorthair/mix who is absolutely enchanting. From her little pink nose and patchwork face to her tiger-striped tail, she is the cutest little girl around. Bashful is a gentle cat who really is not as shy as her name. She is most content when a warm lap is available and will reward you with lots of purrs and love. This sweetie would be a great addition to almost any home. If you are looking for a cat who has a great disposition, you definitely need to meet Bashful!

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