MCHS Receives Gift to Spay and Neuter Shelter Pets:
Judith Levinson, a former Champion Doberman breeder, adopted her first Persian cat in 1991. Two years later, in 1993, a second Persian was adopted as a companion to her first. Today, Ms. Levinson and her husband, Bob Warsaw, “share their home with four Persians and a handsome tuxedo short-hair who appeared on their front stoop and adopted them. “This cat thinks he’s a dog,” Judith says of the former feral who now goes out on walks with her husband.” (MCHS)
Ms. Levinson’s second Persian, Callie, was wandering the streets of Montgomery County 13 years ago; and taken to the Montgomery County Humane Society. It was at that exact time Ms. Levinson was seeking a second companion Persian for the cat she had adopted in 1991 from MCHS as a kitten. Callie was declawed, which meant she had to have belonged to someone prior to being lost. But to Ms. Levinson’s surprise, the cat was not spayed. Fortunately, the spay was something Ms. Levinson was able to afford; and she quickly adopted Callie and arranged for the procedure.
“But not everyone who wants or has a pet can afford this expense. That became Judith’s motivation to make a generous gift of $10,000 to the Montgomery County Humane Society. Made in honor of her daughter and two grand-daughters, her donation will enable MCHS to alter hundreds more cats and dogs prior to their adoption. In turn, that will prevent many more animals from being born and entering the shelter during times of year when intake peaks, often called “kitten season.” Animals that are already altered are easier to place in new adopting homes, and they don’t add to overpopulation in shelters.
MCHS encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their pets if they have not already been altered. This simple operation is widely considered beneficial to the animal’s health as well as one of the most effective strategies to reduce the number of unwanted litters brought to shelters around the country. World Spay Day, February 26, places a focus on this key step in responsible pet care. (MCHS)
Please consider bringing a needy, homeless pet into your home and your life. The Montgomery County Humane Society always has an abundance of homeless pets of all ages and types available for adoption. Take a lesson from Judith Levinson: “When I first looked into the eyes of the frightened Persian cat I was planning to adopt, I saw and felt a connection,” Judith said. I knew that I had found a companion and friend that would be there for me in sickness and health and a constant playmate for my other cats. The warmth of their bodies and their soft purring shows me their love in return for the years we have shared together. It’s an unconditional love, respect and trust that we have shared since first looking into each other’s eyes.”