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Part 2 HSUS State Ranking: Heaven Can Wait And Lawmaker’s Responsibility To Animal Welfare

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society tries to make every day more humane for homeless pets like Dudley.  You can meet Dudley at dog adoptions each Saturday. For details go to www.hcws.org

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society tries to make every day more humane for homeless pets like Dudley. You can meet Dudley at dog adoptions each Saturday. For details go to http://www.hcws.org

By: Keely Biggs

Last month I reported on the Humane Society and the United States’ ranking of all 50 states based on animal welfare legislation. You might remember that Nevada came in at a poor 47% which was mostly due to lack of legislation on the keeping of large and dangerous exotic animals. So I set out to see what was being done about the matter.

I was able to speak to Clark County Commissioner Chairman, Steve Sisolak, who confirmed his mutual concern over exotic animals kept in neighborhoods. He cited the tragedy of CJ and Buddy, the two chimpanzees from North Las Vegas who escaped their enclosure at a personal residence last year and wandered through the streets. Their escape ended in the death of Buddy when a police officer shot the animal. Commissioner Sisolak told me that shortly after that happened; the problem grabbed the attention of Senator Michael Roberson. Although I was not able to get a hold of Senator Roberson myself, Commissioner Sisolak informed me that the keeping of large, exotic animals was of particular interest to Sen. Roberson and he was making a point to personally address that particular problem.

What does Heaven Can Wait Animal Society do on our end? Heaven Can Wait has a few great programs that take a “ground up” approach to ensure people understand the importance of respecting animals. The most prominent program is the Heaven Can Wait Youth Group. This is a great program for any child to be a part of between the ages of 10 to 18. The youth group meets monthly and takes field trips to local zoos, sanctuaries and shelters. They also participate in our feral cat clinics, fund-raisers and outreach programs. This exposes the kids to animals in a healthy way and teaches kids the importance of respecting them. The kids then act as ambassadors to their families, friends and schools. They are encouraged to take their knowledge and experiences and spread it wherever they go. Heaven Can Wait sees the importance in educating the leaders and voters of our future in order to make a lasting change.

Although Nevada’s ranking looked bleak this year, the efforts of our legislators and HCWS are promising. Let’s hope that next year’s ranking reflects a positive change. If you would like to get a child in your life involved with the Heaven Can Wait Youth Group simply contact hcwsyouth@hcws.org to request an application.  CLICK HERE to see how you can help Heaven Can Wait make Las Vegas a more humane place for animals.

Related Story:

HSUS Humane State Ranking Puts Nevada At 47%

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