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2489 Albany Post Road | Walden, NY 12586

845-778-5115

The Myth of the ”Free Puppy”

We see them in boxes at the front of supermarkets… adorable puppies with sad eyes just waiting for a home. They are irresistible and they are FREE. The sign says so. Just pick one out and carry him home. Or, someone has a friend with a new litter of puppies that they are trying to give away. An impulse decision that costs nothing. As the recent tragic story in THR Pet Tails describes in graphic detail, nothing could be more erroneous.

Princess could not be saved after being neglected for so long

Justice was such a puppy. I’m sure that he and his sister named Princess were cute and lovable. Unfortunately, the family who took these two babies did not demonstrate that they knew how to care for them, or how much money it would take to do it. And when the puppies’ health began to suffer, things went very wrong. Medical care reportedly was never obtained. The owners did not have the resources. The ultimate cost was much misery and suffering for both puppies, and the death of Princess. She could not be saved despite the veterinarian’s efforts. Justice was treated for many days at the Montgomery Veterinary Practice. He had serious health problems and will continue to need treatment for several more months. The responsibility for the medical bills will be assumed by the Humane Society of Walden, helped by generous donations by those who read his story and by Montgomery Veterinary Practice. No financial responsibility was assumed by the owners.

Puppies and kittens are vulnerable babies. Just like babies, they need nurturing, proper food and shelter and close supervision. They need protection from illness and injury. It’s irresponsible to take home any pet without knowing you can properly take care of them.

The real cost of pet care is more than a bag of kibble. An initial visit to the veterinarian’s office or to a clinic for distemper and rabies vaccinations, heartworm testing, spay or neutering can reach into the hundreds of dollars. These are not optional procedures. They are necessary for the pet’s health and safety and the safety of the public. Responsible pet owners get these done.

Pet ownership is and always should be available to people of all income levels. The joy and rewards of having a pet is priceless. However, owning a pet does have a price. The key is choosing a pet that fits your lifestyle and financial situation. Many local shelters and rescues offer adult cats and dogs at reduced or waived adoption fees to approved adopters. These pets are already spayed or neutered, necessary immunizations completed and are ready to leave the shelter for a loving home. In addition, resources for pet food, low cost vaccines and other services are available through many townships, food banks and clinics.

Pets make such a difference in our lives; and they depend on us for everything.
We must do the right thing by them.

Jean Buckley, President
Board of Directors
Humane Society of Walden
Walden, NY 12586

Upcoming Events

Mar
17
Sun
2:00 pm Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wallkill Saint Patrick's Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade | Walden | NY | United States
Come out and support HSW in the 2019 Wallkill St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Parade begins at the Corner of Union and River Street and ends on Bridge Street.
Mar
20
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]
Mar
21
Thu
8:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays. Any[...]
Mar
24
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
Mar 24 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]
Mar
31
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
Mar 31 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]

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About Us

The Humane Society of Walden is a no-kill, non-profit safe haven dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our animal shelter serves the communities of Montgomery, Walden, Maybrook, Crawford, Wawarsing, Shawangunk, and Mamakating, but will not turn away pets from across the country in need.

Contact Us

Humane Society of Walden
2489 Albany Post Road
Walden, New York 12586

845-778-5115

Upcoming Events

Mar
17
Sun
2:00 pm Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wallkill Saint Patrick’s Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wallkill Saint Patrick's Day Parade @ Wallkill St. Patrick's Day Parade | Walden | NY | United States
Come out and support HSW in the 2019 Wallkill St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Parade begins at the Corner of Union and River Street and ends on Bridge Street.
Mar
20
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]
Mar
21
Thu
8:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays. Any[...]

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