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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

SQSPCA groundbreaking is this Saturday

Shelter to unveil plans for site, building

This Saturday, August 24, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host a public celebration at 5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown marking the groundbreaking of the future site of its planned animal shelter and adjoining campus.

The Staffworks Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties will serve as Presenting Sponsor for the event, which will introduce for the first time to the public renderings of the proposed site plan, floor plan, and building exterior.

“We are so proud to share details of this project and the benefits it will bring to our region,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “It’s going to be a gorgeous campus purposely built to save and rehome hundreds of animals per year, while in keeping with the surrounding countryside.”

The reception, which is free and open to the public, will kick off at noon with a groundbreaking ceremony and run until 2 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served, and the event will feature the following “pet-centered” activities:

  • “Alumni” Photo Portrait Booth sponsored by Hughson & Benson Associates
  • SQSPCA Mascot Photo Booth sponsored by Kevin’s Royal Automotive of Owego and Cooperstown
  • SQSPCA Hugging Booth sponsored by Royal Chrysler-Hyundai of Oneonta

Cooperstown artist May-Britt Joyce will also be on hand, accepting limited orders for special pet portraits. Proceeds will benefit the shelter.

“Folks will recognize May-Britt’s engaging portraiture style from our groundbreaking posters and invitations,” said Haynes. “Her ability to capture the essence of beloved pets like Barkus and Sandy will have people lining up for likenesses of their own dogs and cats.”

“We are incredibly honored to have May-Britt be part of this event,” she added.

All those attending the groundbreaking are encouraged to bring their own leashed pets to participate in the activities.  The SQSPCA will also have a number of adoptable dogs and cats in attendance to stand in as needed for photographs and hugs.

“We invite animal lovers, shelter supporters and volunteers from across the region to join us with their pets for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate this momentous occasion,” Haynes said. “If you’re not familiar with our work, this is also a great time to come learn about our organization and see us in action.”

Other sponsors include: NYCM Insurance (Public Reception Sponsor); NBT Bank (Hard Hat Sponsor); Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc. and Cooperstown Brewing Company (Brunch Sponsors); AllOtsego/The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta (Media Sponsors); Morris Garage (Dog Watering Station Sponsor); and Bruce Hall Corp., Matthew Sohns and Mary-Margaret Robbins, Michael Stein Fundraising Counsel, and L.M. Townsend Catering (Participating Sponsors).

This project – initiated with a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets and buoyed by a recent matching grant from the Staffworks Fund – will move the shelter 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta to a new, state-of-the-art building and surrounding campus including the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop.

The SQSPCA Board of Directors, SHELTER US Capital Campaign Committee and staff have been raising funds since last fall in support of the new facilities, which 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 parking that is more convenient.

“The new shelter and all the improved amenities are much needed and very exciting, but they come at a considerable price tag,” Haynes said. “We hope people will consider making a multi-year pledge to the campaign. Now is a perfect time to do so, as all new gifts and pledges made through October 1 – up to a total of $250,000 – are being doubled by the Staffworks Fund Matching Challenge Grant.”

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 complete the project. 

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

In 2005, Anita A. Vitullo established the Staffworks Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.  The sole mission of the Staffworks Fund is supporting nonprofit organizations that care for at-risk animals. Today, Staffworks has assets of more than $13,000,000 at The Community Foundation. One hundred percent of Staffworks Inc. profits provide the financial support for the Staffworks Fund. Staffworks Inc. was founded by Vitullo in 1997 and has nine offices serving central New York State.

Susquehanna SPCA offers special ‘study buddy’ sales this month

Reduced adoption fees subsidized by the Staffworks Fund

COOPERSTOWN – As we head into the dog days of summer, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSOCA) is offering half price adoption specials this month, beginning with cats and kittens from Tuesday, August 6 through Saturday, August 17.

Due to an influx of adoptable felines of all ages, the shelter has been at capacity for the last two months and has a waiting list for new arrivals, prompting the “Back-to-School Adoption Sale.”

Funding from the Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program makes the reduction in adoption fees possible. The program was created to assist overcrowded shelters and rescues by subsidizing reduced adoption fees and fee-waived programs. This support provides reduced fees for potential adopters and still allows animal welfare organizations to maintain their operating budget.

“Whether you are looking for a ‘study buddy’ for your son or daughter for the fall semester or would simply like a companion for yourself, we can help you make the perfect match,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

“The new Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program has enabled us to reduce our prices in order to find homes more quickly for the animals currently in the shelter. This way, we can make room for more homeless, stray and abandoned cats and kittens,” Haynes said.

Adoption fees at the SQSPCA include spay/neuter, microchip, rabies/distemper vaccinations (age appropriate), Feline Leukemia/FIV testing, fecal testing, deworming, flea treatment and basic grooming. Available kittens and cats range from two months to 11 years, from calico to tortoiseshell to tabby.

Thanks to the Staffworks Fund Homeward Bound Program, additional “Back-to-School” adoption specials will be offered throughout the month and will be announced via Facebook and the media.

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, visit www.sqspca.org. For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call (607) 547-8111.

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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

In 2005, Anita A. Vitullo established the Staffworks Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.  The sole mission of the Staffworks Fund is supporting nonprofit organizations that care for at-risk animals. Today, Staffworks has assets of more than $13,000,000 at The Community Foundation. One hundred percent of Staffworks Inc. profits provide the financial support for the Staffworks Fund. Staffworks Inc. was founded by Vitullo in 1997 and has nine offices serving central New York State.

SQSPCA to host special groundbreaking celebration

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On Saturday, August 24, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host a public celebration at 5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown marking the groundbreaking of the future site of its planned animal shelter and adjoining campus. The Staffworks Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties will serve as Presenting Sponsor for the event.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, will kick off at noon with a groundbreaking ceremony and run until 2 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served, and the event will feature the following “pet-centered” activities:

  • “Alumni” Photo Portrait Booth sponsored by Hughson & Benson Associates
  • SQSPCA Mascot Photo Booth sponsored by Kevin’s Royal Automotive of Owego and Cooperstown
  • SQSPCA Hugging Booth sponsored by Royal Chrysler-Hyundai of Oneonta

All those attending are encouraged to bring their own leashed pets to participate in these activities.  The SQSPCA will also have a number of adoptable dogs and cats in attendance to stand in as needed for photographs and hugs.

“We invite animal lovers, shelter supporters and volunteers from across the region to join us with their pets for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate this momentous occasion,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “If you’re not familiar with our work, this is also a great time to come learn about our organization and see us in action.”

Other sponsors include NYCM Insurance, NBT Bank, Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc. and Cooperstown Brewing Company, AllOtsego/The Freeman’s Journal/Hometown Oneonta, Morris Garage, Bruce Hall Corp., Matthew Sohns and Mary-Margaret Robbins, Michael Stein Fundraising Counsel and L.M. Townsend Catering.

This project – initiated with a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets and buoyed by a recent matching grant from the Staffworks Fund – will move the shelter 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta to a new, state-of-the-art building and surrounding campus including the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop.

The SQSPCA Board of Directors, SHELTER US Capital Campaign Committee and staff have been raising funds since last fall in support of the new facilities, which 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 parking that is more convenient.

“The new shelter and all the improved amenities are much needed and very exciting, but they come at a considerable price tag,” Haynes said. “We hope people will consider making a multi-year pledge to the campaign. Now is a perfect time to do so, as all new gifts and pledges made through October 1 – up to a total of $250,000 – are being doubled by the Staffworks Fund Matching Challenge Grant.”

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 complete the project. 

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

In 2005, Anita A. Vitullo established the Staffworks Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.  The sole mission of the Staffworks Fund is supporting nonprofit organizations that care for at-risk animals. Today, Staffworks has assets of more than $13,000,000 at The Community Foundation. One hundred percent of Staffworks Inc. profits provide the financial support for the Staffworks Fund. Staffworks Inc. was founded by Vitullo in 1997 and has nine offices serving central New York State.

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