Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
ROANOKE/CHRISTIANSBURG – Did you know that kittens can go into heat and get pregnant as early as 4 months old and puppies around 5 months old? If not sterilized, puppies and kittens can get pregnant and have a litter of their own just two months later. And it’s these accidental litters that end up in animal shelters with no place to call home.
To reduce these accidental births, Mountain View Humane, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the Did You Know? Campaign, featuring a special $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens between two to six months of age during the month of June.
While some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, Mountain View Humane has performed more than 2,800 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2010.
“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,” says Kelly Cass, Executive Director. “But by then, it can be too late. By then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”
This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all residents Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Did You Know?” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, Mountain View Humane will provide an estimated 60 puppy and kitten sterilizations for $20 during June. Please visit www.MountainViewHumane.org or call (855) HIP-SNIP for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Local Events