WASHINGTON, DC, December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Robin Ganzert, like many others, has always had a soft spot for dogs. As the president and CEO of the American Humane Association, she has actively fought for the fair treatment of all animals. She seeks to educate people about proper care, handling, and nutrition so that animals are healthy, safe, and well cared for. Unfortunately some dogs are still exposed to inhumane treatment while living in puppy mills.
According to recent article
on newsobserver.com, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is taking steps to change this. He has introduced a bill known as "the puppy mill bill" to push for higher standards in large, commercial dog-breeding facilities. This bill would require breeders who have 10 or more female dogs "to provide daily exercise, fresh food and water, veterinary care, and, if necessary, euthanasia that is 'performed humanely,'" explains the article. These standards would represent the minimum requirements for breeders to follow. Although passed by the House, the bill stalled in the Senate.
To further support his puppy mill legislation, Governor McCrory also held an adoption fair on the grounds of the Executive Mansion. Here 28 dogs were available for adoption to loving families. Many of the dogs were rescue dogs and were provided by the Wake County SPCA, the Humane Society of Charlotte, and the Guilford County Shelter. Some were also rescues from a recently busted Pender County puppy mill.
Dr. Robin Ganzert applauds his efforts to bring light to this situation. "Unfortunately puppy mills still exist that expose dogs to substandard care," she says. "This bill emphasizes the need for quality care and attention to the dogs' most basic needs. In addition, the adoption event shows people just how wonderful rescue animals are and how many are in need of loving homes."
Governor McCrory and his wife Ann are no strangers to rescue efforts. In fact, they have a rescue dog of their own, Moe. Attendees at the event were hopeful to take home their own new addition to the family. The animals were available on a first-come, first-served basis, but organizers made sure that each home was a good fit. Adam Johnson and his son are waiting to hear back about the English bulldog they were hoping for. Because the dog has allergies, the Guilford County Shelter must do a home visit to ensure it is a safe environment before approving the adoption.
Dr. Ganzert plans to stay abreast of the latest developments as the McCrorys continue to push the puppy mill bill. Although it stalled in the legislature's long session, the article notes that "Ann Gordon McCrory plans to unstall it in the short session." Dr. Robin Ganzert encourages people to speak out against abuse in puppy mills and consider adopting a rescue dog if they are looking for a family pet.
Since taking the helm at the American Humane Association in 2010, Dr. Robin Ganzert has transformed the organization into a more relevant and active presence in the non-profit community. She has played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of new initiatives such as Red Star, Hero Dog Awards, Wags4Patriots, No Animals Were Harmed, and Humane Heroes Club. She is passionate about protecting the welfare, wellness, and wellbeing of children and animals throughout the world. In addition, Ganzert strives to promote the importance of the human-animal bond and the significant role that it plays.