Monday May 20, 2013 ForsythCounty.com
"Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts a dog's movement. A tether can also become tangled around or hooked on the dog's shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog's movement and potentially causing injury." U. S. Department of Agriculture issued statement in the July 2, 1996, Federal Register
From the President of the Forsyth County Humane Society
Over the past few months a lot has been written and said about the tethering of dogs. I recently found myself the object of much scrutiny, commentary and at times threats.
I take pride in the work that Forsyth County Humane Society does every day to save the lives of dogs and cats in our county and neighboring communities. A host of volunteers, donors and hard working individuals make it possible for our work to continue. We work alongside various organizations in our County to promote the proper care of pets, while doing what we can to save those who need rescued.Read more: Tethering: A Case for Re-evaluation
With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to think about summer camp. While children might be interested in fun and friends, parents are also interested in a safe learning environment supervised by a qualified staff with age-appropriate activities. Believe it or not, it is possible to have it all. With so many options, here are some important things to consider as you make your decision.
What are the activities and is there a balance? Is there a balance between outdoor play and indoor activities, as you might not want your child exposed to the summer sun for eight hours a day? Do they go on field trips to cool locations? Do special visitors come to the camp for visits/activities?
Summer Learning. While your child might not want to hear this, a program with a curriculum and activities that will continue your child’s learning can help them retain what they’ve learned and even get ahead for when they return to school in the fall. A positive-learning environment filled with activities to nurture children’s self-confidence is key. Children should not stop learning just because it’s the summer.Read more: Summer Camps - It's Time!
At the April 4, 2013 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting, 11-year old Abe Benkhaled presented commissioners with copies of his book “The Greatest Country.” Before presenting his book, Abe addressed the board and shared his thoughts on what makes the United States of America the greatest country. Abe is a sixth grade student at Piney Grove Middle School.
Pictured in the attached photo (left to right): B.K. Bhutta (Abe’s father); Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos; District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam; District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff; Abe Benkhaled; District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent; and District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills