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Letter: Event’s proceeds will help women

Bandit, a 5-month-old female puppy, is shown at

Bandit, a 5-month-old female puppy, is shown at a news conference in Massapequa on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The Nassau SPCA has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the person who threw the puppy from a moving car Saturday night in Uniondale. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

A recent letter, “Why won’t funds from event go to women?” [Feb. 5], was misleading.

Nassau County’s annual Women’s History Month celebration will honor extraordinary women while raising funds to benefit both the Nassau County SPCA and The Safe Center LI, a center for victims of family violence and sexual assault. This partnership was created to assist victims of domestic violence.

The Nassau SPCA safeguards pets of anyone fleeing domestic violence as long as the victim remains in the shelter. Pets are kept at an undisclosed location, and the SPCA pays — through non-taxpayer dollars — for pet boarding, veterinary care, grooming and activities.

This enables victims to leave their abusers. Many hesitate to seek shelter if it would mean leaving a pet behind in an unsafe environment.

Gary Rogers, Bethpage

Editor’s note: The writer is Nassau County’s animal emergency coordinator and an SPCA member.