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Chicken barbecue proceeds to benefit Susquehanna SPCA

Volunteers on behalf of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host a Brooks’ BBQ Chicken Dinner on Friday, February 7 at Christ Episcopal Church. The event is being underwritten by Matt and Mary-Margaret Sohns and local businesses, with proceeds going to the shelter.

The dinner, part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival 2020, will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the church Parish Hall at 69 Fair Street. Dinners – eat in or to go – will include a chicken half, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, dessert and cider for the suggested donation of $10.

“Through increased efficiencies and training, the number of animals cared for by the Susquehanna SPCA continues to rise. Last year, the shelter cared for almost 900 animals, versus just under 800 in 2018, and adoptions in 2019 were up 17 percent.

“These significant increases would not be possible without support from generous volunteers, community members and businesses,” said Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

Chicken dinner meals may be reserved in advance by calling (607) 547-8111, extension 100. Tickets are being sold at the shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, or at the door until sold out. Advance registration/purchase is appreciated.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward shelter expenses and programs. Businesses interested in sponsoring the event should contact Communications Coordinator Alexis Izzo by e-mailing aizzo@sqspca.org.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

SQSPCA thrift store announces new donation drop-off policy

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Effective immediately, the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop has instituted a new drop-off policy for incoming donations.

To ensure that donated items are protected from inclement weather, drop-offs will only be accepted during thrift store business hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

Proceeds from the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA), located right across the parking lot at 4841 State Highway 28.

“The quantity and quality of the merchandise the thrift store receives has increased to such an extent that we find it necessary to better regulate the flow of donations,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

“We are very grateful for the tremendous public support the shelter receives. Our goal is to protect this ever-changing array of furniture, clothing, housewares, artwork and other amazing donated items from the elements,” Haynes said.

Those wishing to deliver donations by appointment should contact New Leash on Life Manager Sara Lucas at (607) 547-9462 or via e-mail at slucas@sqspca.org.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org 

Opening reception kicks off joint SQSPCA/OPS exhibit

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Fenimore Art Museum will host an opening reception on Thursday, December 5 for a showing of photographs taken at the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) by SUNY Oneonta photography society members.

The exhibit, titled “Second Chances: Susquehanna SPCA,” will feature both color and black and white portraits of shelter dogs and cats shot recently by SUNY Oneonta students Zea Beckwith and Molly Feulner, members of the college’s Oneonta Photo Society (OPS).

“Second Chances: Susquehanna SPCA” is part of Fenimore Art Museum’s ongoing Community Exhibition series.

“We are delighted to be included by the museum again this year, and excited to be working with OPS,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “This show will provide wonderful exposure for the shelter’s adoptable animals and overall mission, while showcasing the skills of these talented local photographers,” she added.

The opening reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on December 5 in the museum’s Community Gallery and is free and open to the public. Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown.

“Second Chances: Susquehanna SPCA” will be on view December 6-31. Admission is $12 for adults and juniors (13-64) and $10.50 for seniors (65+). Children 12 and under, New York State Historical Association members, active military, and retired career military personnel are admitted free of charge. For more information, call Fenimore Art Museum at (607) 547-1400 or visit https://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/

The goal of the Oneonta Photo Society is to educate, inspire and create opportunities for photographers of all levels on the SUNY Oneonta campus. The Photo Society is intended to enhance students’ knowledge of photography, teach technical tools to broaden their skill sets, take students on trips to galleries and museums, and provide career networking opportunities for students both on and off campus.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org 

SQSPCA exceeds foundation grant challenge

The Susquehanna SPCA has met its match. And then some.

On September 16, the C.J. Heilig Foundation announced a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grant of $100,000 to assist the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) in its SHELTER US capital campaign.

By the November 1 deadline, donations and pledges generated by the Heilig match had topped $129,000, exceeding the goal and – with the match – bringing the SQSPCA $229,000 closer to its campaign target.

“We are incredibly grateful for all of the business and community support we have received thus far,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “The campaign continues to gain momentum, and support for the new shelter continues to grow.”

The SHELTER US project – kick started by a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets – will move the shelter and thrift store facilities 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta. Workers broke ground in August, with a target date of summer 2020 for the move.

The new facilities will improve the daily lives of sheltered dogs and cats by better conforming to guidelines established by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Upgraded features will include two entrances separating incoming animals from visitors and animals leaving for their new homes, a sterile surgery suite with safe recovery area, a fresh air ventilation system to benefit visitors as well as animals under shelter care, and more convenient parking.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

SQSPCA announces new challenge grant

C. J. Heilig Foundation steps up to help shelter meet revised fundraising goal

COOPERSTOWN, NY – When the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) launched its SHELTER US Campaign in the fall of 2018, the organization based its preliminary fundraising goal of $2 million on renovations to the current shelter facilities.

Since that time, the SQSPCA Board of Directors determined that – due to the condition of the existing buildings and their presence in a flood plain – upgrades to the facility are not feasible as originally planned. They decided to relocate to a property on State Route 28 better suited to the organization’s needs, not far from the current site. In order to accommodate this move and to construct a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter and thrift store, the SHELTER US Campaign Committee has established a revised fundraising goal of $3 million.  

To date, the SHELTER US Campaign has surpassed all of its original milestone goals. As of the close of 2018, the Campaign Committee had exceeded its year-end target, bringing in more than $1.2 million in gifts and multi-year pledges, and earning a nod for “Outstanding Newcomer” from the Staffworks Fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.

Staffworks Fund Founder and President Anita Vitullo subsequently pledged a matching challenge grant of $250,000 in April of 2019, which helped the campaign gain further momentum. SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes announced at the shelter’s groundbreaking event on Saturday, August 24 that this challenge had been met.

Poised at the $2 million mark, SQSPCA officials explained at the groundbreaking why additional expenses incurred in order to move the shelter campus from its current site to a more preferable location have pushed fund-raising requirements beyond the earlier projections.

“Our original campaign goal was based on replacement of the existing shelter buildings with a new facility on the same parcel of land. However, when property better suited to our needs became available, we simply could not let the opportunity pass us by,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

Purchase of the new property and associated demolition and infrastructure costs are among changes in the project driving the new fund-raising target, Haynes explained.

Stepping up to further assist the SQSPCA in its capital campaign, the C.J. Heilig Foundation has just announced a matching challenge grant of its own, in the amount of $100,000. From now through November 1, the foundation will match every new donation or pledge dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, for a total of $200,000 toward the $3 million campaign goal.

“I’ve been so impressed with all that I’ve seen and heard about this project that I thought it would be great for our foundation to provide additional incentive for donors as a follow up to the successful groundbreaking,” said Deborah LeCates, C.J. Heilig Foundation director.

“The SQSPCA meets a critical need in protecting animals across our communities. We’re honored to support this important mission,” LeCates added.

The SHELTER US project – buoyed by a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets – will move the shelter and thrift store facilities 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta. Workers broke ground in August, with a target date of summer 2020 for the move.

“This new challenge grant from our friends at the C.J. Heilig Foundation provides the perfect opportunity for folks to get involved and double their impact. To make it more convenient for our donors, we are also still accepting multi-year pledges up to five years,” said Haynes.

“Now more than ever, multi-year pledges over the span of the campaign are especially important in achieving our funding goals,” Haynes emphasized.

The new facilities will improve the daily lives of sheltered dogs and cats by better conforming to guidelines established by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Upgraded features will include two entrances separating incoming animals from visitors and animals leaving for their new homes, a sterile surgery suite with safe recovery area, a fresh air ventilation system to benefit visitors as well as animals under shelter care, and more convenient parking. 

Naming opportunities are available for gifts at levels from $5,000 to $1,000,000, including dog runs, catios, dog walking trails, surgical suite with recovery room and the campus itself. 

Haynes pointed out that, while affiliated with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it is important to note that the Susquehanna SPCA is a private, independent nonprofit organization that receives no funds from the ASPCA. 

“And while we are proud to partner with Otsego County and work with a number of its municipalities, we have received no monetary support from the county to date for this project or toward operating expenses,” Haynes clarified. 

The SHELTER US Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by Cooperstown resident and former Susquehanna SPCA Board member Anne Keith, will continue to work with the SQSPCA Board of Directors and staff to secure the funds necessary to reach the revised $3 million target. 

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org 

Profits from golf tourney will aid homeless, abandoned animals

SPRINGFIELD – The fourth annual Par for Paws Golf Tournament to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is set to take place on Friday, September 20 at the Otsego Golf Club. Located on the shores of Otsego Lake just nine miles from Cooperstown, the Otsego Golf Club is one of America’s oldest and most beautiful courses.

“This event is ideal for people who love golf, love animals, and who appreciate the history and picturesque greens of the Otsego Golf Club,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We’re delighted to be teeing off from the Otsego Golf Club again this year.”

The 18-hole tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and will be a four person team scramble. Registration is $300 per team and includes 18 holes, golf cart, breakfast, and lunch. Raffles and prizes will be awarded.

Profits from this event will provide much-needed funds to help the SQSPCA fulfil its mission of caring for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats from across the region. These animals are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and treated for illness or malnutrition if necessary before they are adopted out to a loving new home.

Registration for sponsors and teams for the Par for Paws Golf Tournament is currently underway. If your business or organization is interested in supporting this event or you have a team to register, please e-mail shaynes@sqspca.org or call (607) 547-8111, extension 101.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless, surrendered, and seized companion animals and finding them loving, forever homes. The SQSPCA is a privately funded, state inspected animal shelter practicing “no-kill” philosophies. Private donations, grants, fundraising and the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop are the shelter’s only source of income. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

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