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MARTIN COUNTY -- Puppy mills, greyhound racing and animal fighting are high among the concerns of animal advocates on the Treasure Coast and throughout Florida. These and other topics are on the Animal Welfare Summit's agenda set for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library in Stuart.
Free and open to the public, the Animal Welfare Summit brings together local and state animal advocates to address the welfare of Florida's animals. Sponsored by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and cosponsored by six local animal welfare organizations, the summit is a rare local opportunity for Treasure Coast residents to hear from one of the key players in Florida's animal welfare legislation.
Kate MacFall, the Florida State Director for The Humane Society of the United States, will discuss legislative priorities and the bills HSUS is working on for this year's legislative session. She will share tips for effective citizen advocacy and what local animal advocates can do to be a strong voice for animals. After her presentation, there will be a question and answer session and comments from the audience.
"We are sponsoring the Animal Welfare Summit because our community should have an opportunity to hear about planned legislation impacting animal welfare," said Frank Valente, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. "Our humane society and all of the co-sponsoring organizations work every day to provide humane care for animals in need in our area. We are pleased to provide this forum to other concerned groups and individuals along the Treasure Coast."
Cosponsors for this event are the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, Dogs and Cats Forever, Florida Trac Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care Program, Nala's New Life Rescue, Mastiff Rescue of Florida and the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is a private, nonprofit humane agency caring for more than 6,500 animals a year and relies solely on private donations. It has no affiliation with the Humane Society of the United States.
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