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Susquehanna SPCA staff selected for international goodwill rescue mission

Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Licensed Veterinary Technician Sara Haddad are taking a sponsored trip to Beirut, Lebanon this week to provide professional development to an animal advocacy group, Animals Lebanon. On their return, they will bring back up to 13 stray dogs rescued by the group after being found in distress.

Animals Lebanon, the sponsoring organization, is a nonprofit group that improves the welfare of animals through comprehensive national animal protection and welfare legislation. They provide nationwide public assistance for companion animals while rescuing and improving the conditions of captive endangered wildlife.

“Animals Lebanon is a volunteer project of Dr. David Chico, veterinarian for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets,” Haynes said. “He travels to Beirut and volunteers for them several times a year, providing medical care to animals and guidance to organizers.”

“I serve on the board of the New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF) and on a task force with Dr. Chico. The task force is working to develop legislation that will standardize animal shelter operations statewide,” she explained.

Haynes was recommended for the trip to assist Animals Lebanon by NYSAPF Executive Director Libby Post, whose organization advocates on behalf of New York’s animal shelters, humane societies and animal welfare groups.

“We will be bringing up to 13 dogs home to Otsego County. These dogs have a zero percent chance of getting adopted where they come from,” said Haynes. “This is not because of their health or behavior, but because culturally, dogs are not accepted into homes.”

“All of the dogs are friendly but they do have special needs,” added Haddad. “Most have been through a traumatic event – they have been beaten, shot or poisoned.”

The Susquehanna SPCA’s goal is to place these dogs directly into foster homes or into foster homes as quickly as possible. Between the prolonged transport and the stress of a new kennel, they may have a tough time adjusting otherwise.

“Taking the shelter out of the equation should help these dogs settle much more quickly,” Haynes said.

Interested individuals willing to foster should contact Rebecca Daly, Susquehanna SPCA Communications Coordinator, at (607) 547-8111, extension 100.

“We are honored to have been selected for this goodwill mission and are proud to share best practices we have learned and implemented here at the Susquehanna SPCA with an organization working toward the same goal on the other side of the world,” said Haynes.

“This is an opportunity we could not pass up, and a win-win for everyone. Sara and I are making this journey to share our expertise and we are returning with dogs that are very much in need, at no expense to the shelter,” she clarified.

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 501 (c) 3 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

Susquehanna SPCA announces satellite meet and greet locations

In an effort to increase exposure for adoptable cats and dogs and decrease the time these animals are forced to spend in the shelter, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has launched a new Offsite Outreach Program. 

Beginning this month, “Pawsitive Pawsibilities at the Y” and “Sundays at Brandow’s” will allow community members a chance to meet and greet adoptable companion animals outside of the shelter environment. Volunteers will share the animals’ characteristics, background information, and any important health concerns as they assist in finding these dogs and cats forever homes. 

Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA, said, “We are always looking for ways to decrease our animals’ length of stay in the shelter. The Oneonta YMCA and Brandow’s Feed and Seed are providing us with an opportunity to do just that. The more exposure our animals are given, the more quickly they are apt to find their forever homes. We are grateful to have these new partners.” 

The satellite meet and greet sessions will take place on Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. in the YMCA lobby, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta, and from 12-4 p.m. on Sundays at Brandow’s Feed & Seed, 4119 NY-7, Oneonta. 

Businesses interested in becoming part of the Susquehanna SPCA’s Offsite Outreach Program can call Stacie Haynes at (607) 547-8111, extension 101 or e-mail shaynes@sqspca.org.  

“Community-minded businesses can really make a difference with this new program, which we want to be mutually beneficial. We believe through cross promotion we will see an uptick in adoptions while our business partners enjoy increased traffic,” Haynes explained. 

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

Cider Run to benefit the Susquehanna SPCA

FLY CREEK – Area road racing, running, and walking enthusiasts are shrugging off the winter doldrums and lacing up their running shoes in anticipation of the seventh annual Cider Run, set for Saturday, April 27 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

This year’s event features a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and kids’ fun run, with proceeds to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The scenic courses provide spectacular views of the mountains and valleys that surround the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and participation includes a refreshing pint of cider at the finish.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that cares for homeless, abandoned, and seized animals in and around Otsego County.

“The Cider Run is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. Cider Run sponsors and participants represent a significant piece of the puzzle that enables our dedicated staff and volunteers to provide necessary support and medical care to animals in need,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

On or before April 1, adult registration for the Cider Run is $25; $15 for those 12 and under. After April 1, the fees will be $30 and $20, respectively. The fun run is free for any child who is not up to running the 5K.

“Strollers and of course dogs are welcome. Please just do not bring your furry friends into the Fly Creek Cider Mill store,” Haynes added.

Sponsors are still being sought for this year’s Cider Run at the $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 levels. For more information, call Stacie Haynes at (607) 547-8111, ext. 101 by March 1.

Registration, sponsor, and waiver forms can be found at www.sqspca.org and route maps are available at https://www.flycreekcidermill.com/cider-run-7th-annual. The event will be held rain or shine.

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.

Chicken barbecue proceeds to benefit Susquehanna SPCA

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Volunteers led by the Susquehanna SPCA along with Matt and Mary-Margaret Sohns will host a Brooks’ BBQ Chicken Dinner on Friday, February 8 at Christ Episcopal Church to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

This event, part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival 2019, 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, cole slaw, roll, butter, salad, dessert and cider for the suggested donation of $10.

“Last year, the Susquehanna SPCA cared for 777 animals, up from 620 in 2017. This significant increase in animals saved would not be possible without support from generous volunteers, community members and businesses,” said Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

Meals can be reserved in advance by calling (607) 547-8111 or (607) 547-9555. Tickets can be purchased at Church & Scott pharmacy, 5396 NY-28, 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. Last year’s event raised more than $4,000.

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 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

Susquehanna SPCA to host Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Feline Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Set for Next Month COOPERSTOWN – The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is excited to announce that it will host a feline low cost spay/neuter clinic on Friday, February 15. This clinic is being held in collaboration with Dr. Joan Puritz and Dr. Bret Meckel and is open to the public. It will take place at the shelter, located at 4841 State Highway 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta.

“February is nationally recognized as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month,” explained Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We want to help animals in need beyond the walls of our shelter and raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering cats to reduce unwanted populations. This is a perfect opportunity to expand our services while helping offset the price of these procedures.”

The Susquehanna SPCA will donate profits from this event to a local partner, the Greater Oneonta Fund for Animal Responsibility (GOFAR). GOFAR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing the number of homeless, unwanted, and euthanized animals in the greater Oneonta area through education, raising funds to help finance the costs of spaying and neutering, helping strays (trap, neuter, release), and by helping local shelters. “We are grateful to the folks at GOFAR for all their good work and proud to call GOFAR a partner organization. They give so much and are instrumental in helping reduce the unwanted pet population in our region. This is a way to give something back to them,” Haynes said.

The February 15 feline low cost spay/neuter clinic has 40 spots available for 25 males and 15 females which can be secured by calling the Susquehanna SPCA at (607) 547-8111, extension 102. Appointments will be filled on a first call, first serve basis. The fee per cat is $60 and includes a spay/neuter with sedation, dewormer, rabies and distemper vaccinations, flea treatment, a nail trim, and an ear clean. To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA, visit www.thesas.org or call (607) 547-8111.

Susquehanna SPCA announces SHELTER US capital campaign, unveils new logo

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On November 21, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) launched a $2,000,000 SHELTER US capital campaign to support construction of a campus that will house a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter and thrift store. The campaign announcement comes in conjunction with an organizational re-brand incorporating the shelter’s legal name with a fresh, new logo.

 

“To date, we have raised $680,000 of our $2,000,000 goal,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We’re grateful for this jump start toward the final figure, but ultimately we will need help from our County, friends and neighbors to reach the necessary target amount.”

 

The 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 are expected to break ground in the spring of 2019 with a target date of May 2020 for the move. Total project cost is anticipated to be around $2 million.

 

“We will be leaving behind a building originally designed and expanded over the years for various purposes, including a motorcycle shop, to move into a facility specifically tailored to our needs,” Haynes explained. The new site will still be easily accessible to visitors, adopters and shoppers, she said.

 

According to Haynes, 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.

 

As officials kick off the public phase of the SHELTER US capital campaign, the Susquehanna SPCA is simultaneously unveiling a new logo, highlighting a return to use of the organization’s original name.

 

“Our legal name, Susquehanna SPCA, clearly identifies who we are and our new logo represents exactly what we do at the shelter,” Haynes said. “We work on a daily basis to help animals in need and to prevent animal cruelty by providing care, addressing medical needs, ensuring the spay and neuter of dogs and cats to reduce unwanted pet populations, and by matching people with animals searching for homes.”

 

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.

 

“This year we are asking our supporters to consider a gift to the SHELTER US capital campaign in addition to annual gifts, which we depend upon for ongoing operations. Campaign gifts will make a positive difference for animals and families in our region for many years to come,” Haynes said.

 

“Multi-year pledges over the five-year span of the campaign are especially important in achieving our funding goals,” Haynes emphasized.

 

The re-branding and SHELTER US capital campaign are moving forward under the direction of the Susquehanna SPCA’s Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee.

 

Board Directors are: President Gaylord Dillingham, First Vice Chair Kathy Clarkson, Second Vice Chair Laurie Zimniewicz, Treasurer Peter Gould, Jill Basile, Merilyn Gould, Cory Moffat, Shannon Stockdale and Catherine Tuttle.

 

Capital Campaign Committee members are: Chair Gaylord Dillingham, Co-chair Cory Moffat, Elaine Bresee, Kathy Clarkson, Steve Gotwald, Peter Gould, Louis Hager III, Kevin Harris, Anne Keith, Langhorne Keith, Stephanie Patrick, Allison Pfister, Sue Silvernail, Carrie Thompson, Catherine Tuttle, Mike Virgil and Laurie Zimniewicz.

 

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 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

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On November 21, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) launched a $2,000,000 SHELTER US capital campaign to support construction of a campus that will house a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter and thrift store. The campaign announcement comes in conjunction with an organizational re-brand incorporating the shelter’s legal name with a fresh, new logo.

 

“To date, we have raised $680,000 of our $2,000,000 goal,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We’re grateful for this jump start toward the final figure, but ultimately we will need help from our County, friends and neighbors to reach the necessary target amount.”

 

The 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 are expected to break ground in the spring of 2019 with a target date of May 2020 for the move. Total project cost is anticipated to be around $2 million.

 

“We will be leaving behind a building originally designed and expanded over the years for various purposes, including a motorcycle shop, to move into a facility specifically tailored to our needs,” Haynes explained. The new site will still be easily accessible to visitors, adopters and shoppers, she said.

 

According to Haynes, 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.

 

As officials kick off the public phase of the SHELTER US capital campaign, the Susquehanna SPCA is simultaneously unveiling a new logo, highlighting a return to use of the organization’s original name.

 

“Our legal name, Susquehanna SPCA, clearly identifies who we are and our new logo represents exactly what we do at the shelter,” Haynes said. “We work on a daily basis to help animals in need and to prevent animal cruelty by providing care, addressing medical needs, ensuring the spay and neuter of dogs and cats to reduce unwanted pet populations, and by matching people with animals searching for homes.”

 

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.

 

“This year we are asking our supporters to consider a gift to the SHELTER US capital campaign in addition to annual gifts, which we depend upon for ongoing operations. Campaign gifts will make a positive difference for animals and families in our region for many years to come,” Haynes said.

 

“Multi-year pledges over the five-year span of the campaign are especially important in achieving our funding goals,” Haynes emphasized.

 

The re-branding and SHELTER US capital campaign are moving forward under the direction of the Susquehanna SPCA’s Board of Directors and Capital Campaign Committee.

 

Board Directors are: President Gaylord Dillingham, First Vice Chair Kathy Clarkson, Second Vice Chair Laurie Zimniewicz, Treasurer Peter Gould, Jill Basile, Merilyn Gould, Cory Moffat, Shannon Stockdale and Catherine Tuttle.

 

Capital Campaign Committee members are: Chair Gaylord Dillingham, Co-chair Cory Moffat, Elaine Bresee, Kathy Clarkson, Steve Gotwald, Peter Gould, Louis Hager III, Kevin Harris, Anne Keith, Langhorne Keith, Stephanie Patrick, Allison Pfister, Sue Silvernail, Carrie Thompson, Catherine Tuttle, Mike Virgil and Laurie Zimniewicz.

 

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 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

 

DONATIONS TO SHELTER MATCHED DURING SAVE A LIFE CAMPAIGN

Staffworks Charitable Fund Opens Fundraising Campaign on Giving Tuesday

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., November 21, 2018 – This holiday season, you can help save an animal’s life by donating to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and having that gift matched dollar-for-dollar. The Staffworks Charitable Fund Save A Life Campaign is matching donations made beginning on Giving Tuesday, November 27, through December 31.

In addition to matching up to a total of $10,000 from individual donors, the Staffworks Charitable Fund is also awarding a $10,000 bonus to the organization that receives the largest number of donations from individual donors and a $10,000 bonus to the organization that raises the most money during the campaign.

Every organization participating in the Staffworks Charitable Fund Save A Life Campaign has the opportunity to receive a total of $30,000 from the Staffworks Charitable Fund.

“We are honored to be part of the Save A Life Campaign,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Anita Vitullo is an extraordinary leader making a significant and positive impact on the lives of homeless animals in need. Our goal for this campaign is to raise a minimum of $10,000 so we can receive the full $10,000 match, making our total raised $20,000! With $20,000 we can schedule an estimated 100 spays or neuters through our local veterinarians,” Haynes explained.

The Staffworks Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties was created by Staffworks founder and owner, Anita Vitullo, out of her concern for animals and her belief in their right to life. The Fund promotes humane communities by using company profits from branch office markets in central and southern New York to support organizations that provide care for at-risk animals.

“When you support or adopt from your local animal shelters and rescue organizations you are choosing to save an animal’s life,” Staffworks Charitable Fund Founder Anita Vitullo said. “We’ve invested more than $10 million to reduce animal suffering and help make connections between animals and people.”

To double the impact of your gift, visit www.savealifewithstaffworks.com and select Susquehanna SPCA. Online gifts can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit or debit cards. Gifts by personal check must be mailed to The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502 and should be made payable to The Community Foundation, with the name of the recipient organization indicated in the memo field.

About the Susquehanna SPCA

In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to caring for homeless and abandoned animals and finding them loving, forever homes. For more information, visit www.sqspca.org.

 

About the Staffworks Charitable Fund

The Staffworks Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties was established in 2006. In June of 2018, The Fund distinguished itself as the first Community Foundation $10 million fund with a living fundholder. Visitstaffworkscny.com for more information.

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