Rescue groups trying to save horses

By Susan Sheppard Landis

Thank you for printing my letter regarding American horses that are being brutally executed by knife in Mexico (“How NYers can stop the execution of horses,” T&V, July 9).  I want to follow up on the response to my letter, and want to stress that it is essential to support rescue groups, the ASPCA, Peta and the Humane Society who are actually rescuing horses, while the Bill HR 1942 S1214 is pending in the House and Senate.

As the last writer pointed out (letter, “Support legislation to protect horses” by Elizabeth Drury, T&V, July 16), it is essential to call representatives to support the bill.

Frank Guinta, sponsor (202) 225-5456, Lindsay Graham, (202) 224-5972, Peter King (202) 456-1414 or Carolyn Maloney locally. Other sponsors and numbers can be found online.

While the bill is pending, it is important to save as many horses as possible. The rescue groups are hands on saving horses, buying them at auction. Gentle Giants Rescue Group has a farm where the horses are cared for by volunteers and donated money. PO Box 5058, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741-5058. The Rescue Group will send your letters and petitions to Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is also important to phone them; they are taking numbers in support of legislation to ban horse slaughter. Horses are not food; they do not deserve this brutal treatment. This is just wrong. This is America; if wild horses need food, the Bureau of Land Management can drop hay to them. This is America; we can put a man on the moon. Surely we can help innocent animals.  They need not be executed. Especially call David Rouzer, chair of the bill, at (202) 225-2731.

It is a slippery slope when horses are tortured and murdered like this. What is next, cats and dogs that are strays? I know we are animal lovers here in Peter Cooper and Stuyvesant Town.  Save these innocent animals. Donate, call your representatives. Keep up the pressure.

Anyone interested in having a fundraiser for the rescue groups, please call me at (212) 228-8966.

Cauz for Pawz to move after losing lease

Cathryn Duhigg, director of Cauz for Pawz at the store (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Cathryn Duhigg, director of Cauz for Pawz at the store (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

East 23rd Street thrift shop Cauz for Pawz will be moving to make way for a new urgent care center, Town & Village has learned. The store’s director Cathryn Duhigg had sent an emailed newsletter to customers on Monday announcing that the store had lost its lease but was looking for a new shop nearby.

Reached on the phone, Duhigg said she was recently told that the store, which had been on a month-to-month lease for the past five months, would need to be out by the end of August to make room for the urgent care center. The medical center will also occupy space that was last home to a pharmacy next door to Cauz for Pawz, after the owner breaks through the shops’ walls.

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, Duhigg said there were two nearby stores she was looking at for a new home for the thrift store, and that she’d know within the week if either works out.

“Everything is fine,” she said. “We are staying in the community. Some people have given us places to look at. The community has been amazing.”

A canine wedding for the store’s mascot dog Shorty to another neighborhood pooch named Riley, that had been scheduled for September 20, is also still on, though of course the location will be different. Additionally, the price of admission for the event, which is a fundraiser for the store, has been lowered from $100 to $50.

Based on the spaces Duhigg has been checking out, which are within a few blocks from the store’s current address, the new store will be smaller.

However, Duhigg said this isn’t a problem because the store doesn’t need the two floors it has currently. Prior to the move, there will be a big blowout sale, and Duhigg said the plan is to have the new shop open even before the current one, which has been open since 2011, closes.

Cauz for Pawz raises money for animal-related causes and pet owners in need.