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Posted on: October 8, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Animal lovers invited to forum

Speakers will discuss such topics as how to report animal abuse and neglect; manage a feral cat colony; prevent pet overpopulation (including spaying/neutering programs); foster animals, especially young kittens and puppies; and the importance of adequate veterinary care. In addition, there will be an update on the new regional animal shelter that will serve several localities, including Hampton. Door prizes include pet items or gift certificates.

Linda Seely, a member of the committee who is coordinating the event, said, “It is so important for people to know how to take care of their animals and what resources there are for helping with the cost of spaying and neutering. We want to prevent overpopulation and abuse or neglect of our cats and dogs.”

Speakers include Dr. Bryan Gooding, veterinarian and owner of Pembroke Animal Hospital; Ellen Thacker, director of the Peninsula SPCA; Angela Taylor of Hampton Animal Control; Allison Fandi, cruelty investigator for PETA; Burr Osborne, president of Cat Corner; and Michael Poplawski, director of parks, recreation, tourism and animal control for Newport News.

The Hampton Animal Control Advisory Committee promotes the care and well being of domestic animals and wildlife in the City of Hampton and educates citizens on the services that are provided to accomplish this goal. The group also works with the city on suggestions for ordinances and regulations related to animal control and welfare.

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