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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.

SQSPCA, law enforcement work together to rescue cat

Most days, the staff of the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) works on premises, caring for and finding homes for abandoned, surrendered, and seized cats and dogs. Every now and then, though, the need arises to come to the rescue of an animal off site, as was the case on Thursday, June 13.

SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes works closely with law enforcement officials on animal welfare-related issues, most recently spearheading the formation of Otsego County’s new animal cruelty task force, PETS (Prevention, Education, Training and Systems). When the county’s 911 dispatcher took the call from a Town of Maryland resident — who reported that a cat was stuck to a bird feeder by a wire piercing its eye and may have to be put down – she reached out to Haynes, who immediately agreed to provide assistance.

“We are proud to work with first responders who care about animals, and on this day that was certainly the case,” Haynes said. “It would have been easy to end the cat’s life but, instead, a number of caring people jumped into action and saved the life of one very grateful cat.”

Allison Hungerford said she “grabbed wire cutters, a towel and a crate, and ran out the door” after getting the go ahead from Haynes.

“When I arrived, the cat was very scared, in shock and clearly in pain,” described Hungerford, a veterinarian technician assistant at the SQSPCA. “The birdhouse had been wired to a pole and she was standing by the pole unable to move, with a wire stuck in her eye.”

New York State Trooper David Schulte met Hungerford at the scene. He covered the cat with a towel and held her still while Hungerford cut the wire. Together they carefully placed the cat in a carrier and Hungerford transported her to Heritage Veterinary Clinic, which is just down the road from the shelter. Clinic staff were able to remove the wire successfully without causing trauma to the cat’s eye. They treated the cat with eye medication and antibiotics, and released her to the shelter later that afternoon.

The prognosis?

“She should be just fine,” Hungerford reported.

“Birdie,” as the cat has come to be called, is a stray as far as anyone knows. Trooper Schulte knocked on the doors of neighboring houses to help determine if she belonged to anyone, but to no avail.

Hungerford is pleased to report that Birdie, who she describes as “shy, but sweet,” is doing very well. She has been spayed, vaccinated, treated for fleas, microchipped and is now up for adoption.

“Birdie is such a good example of the happy endings the animals at the Susquehanna SPCA are part of. Too often we hear about sad and tragic stories of animals being treated inhumanely, but here we have an interesting example of community teamwork and a resilient cat,” Haynes said. “Now Birdie just needs to find her forever home!”

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to meet Birdie and other available animals, stop by the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or 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

SPCA features pop-up Cat Café, cat adoption specials

June is national Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and, in celebration, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host a pop-up Cat Café on Saturdays in June and feature free adoptions of senior cats through the end of the month.

For a $10.00 suggested donation, java lovers can enjoy cats, coffee, and croissants at the SQSPCA shelter from 10 a.m. to noon June 8, 15, 22, and 29 while visiting with felines of all ages. The adoption fees for senior cats aged 6 years and up are being waived for the month of June, also in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

“We’re always trying to find new and refreshing ways to get people into the shelter to interact with our cats,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “These pop-up Cat Cafés are not intended as adoption events, per se, and there’s no pressure to take a cat home. We’re just hoping to give our available cats and kittens more exposure.”

“If you just want to stop by, have a cup of coffee and spend time with some cats, you’re invited to,” Haynes added.

Adoptable cats at the shelter range in age from 8-week-old kittens to “senior citizens” 10 years and up. While the kittens are hard to resist, Haynes is quick to point out that more mature cats make great companion animals as well.

“June has been designated as national Adopt a Shelter Cat Month because this is typically a time of year when animal shelters are overflowing with cats and kittens,” Haynes said.

“We have many sweet, wonderful senior cats who might otherwise be overlooked because – let’s face it – kittens are just so darn cute. We’re hoping that by waiving their adoption fees, we can give these seniors the advantage they need to find their forever homes,” she added.

The SQSPCA is located at 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown. In 2018, the shelter cared for just under 800 surrendered, stray, and seized animals, and kicked off a capital campaign to build a new state-of-the art facility that will improve the animals’ living conditions, decrease their length of stay, and increase the shelter’s capacity for care.

The Staffworks Fund Matching Challenge Grant doubles all donations to the SHELTER US campaign now through October 1.

“This gift is a challenge grant,” Haynes explained. “That means every new cash gift or multi-year pledge we generate through October 1 will be matched by the Staffworks Fund, up to a total of $250,000.”

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, stop by the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or 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

Open house to highlight thrift store Boutique with special adoption discounts

Savvy shoppers from Otsego County and beyond who love a good bargain have probably checked out the overflowing racks and shelves of the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop a time or two, but they might not be familiar with the Boutique.

Regular patrons of the store, however, know exactly where to head for name brand items, designer clothes and accessories, and higher end vintage pieces. On any given day, one might expect to find a Badgley Mischka dress, Lenox vase, Nardelli handbag and fine Portuguese candlesticks in the Boutique, all at incredibly low prices. 

“The Boutique at New Leash on Life is a lovely little nook in our thrift shop where we showcase name brand, new, specialty, and extraordinary items,” said Manager Sara Lucas. “Our finest items are found in the Boutique, but our store is a treasure trove through and through.”

On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop will host an open house to highlight the Boutique, featuring refreshments for all customers plus special adoption discounts for shoppers making Boutique purchases.

“If you spend $10 on Boutique items, you’ll receive a coupon worth 10 percent off the adoption of a dog or cat at the Susquehanna SPCA. Spend $20 and receive a 20 percent coupon, and so on up to $50,” Lucas said.

While items sold in the Boutique are not generally subject to discounts, the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop features weekly specials and – every Wednesday – shoppers 60+ enjoy 50 percent off all purchases from the main store.

Donations to the thrift store and the Boutique, including brand new merchandise as well as gently used apparel, home goods, and non-clothing items, can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Lucas at (607) 547-9462.

“We thank all of our donors for their generosity and kindness,” Lucas added. “We could not do it without each and every one of you.”   

All profits from the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop go to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), located right next door. In 2018, the Susquehanna SPCA cared for just under 800 surrendered, stray, and seized animals, and kicked off a capital campaign to build a new state-of-the art facility. Donations to the SHELTER US campaign now through October 1 will be doubled through the Staffworks Fund Matching Challenge Grant.

“This gift is a challenge grant,” explained Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “That means every new cash gift or multi-year pledge we generate through October 1 will be matched by the Staffworks Fund, up to a total of $250,000.”

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, stop by the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. or visit www.sqspca.org. For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call (607) 547-8111.

SHELTER US Campaign Kicks into High Gear

Susquehanna SPCA announces Staffworks Fund Challenge Grant

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) has announced a new $250,000 challenge grant from the Staffworks Fund.

Made in support of the SQSPCA’s $2,000,000 SHELTER US capital campaign, the challenge – once met – will generate $500,000 toward construction of a campus that will house a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter and thrift store.

SQSPCA Board President H. Gaylord Dillingham welcomed assembled representatives of the local press and SQSPCA Board and Capital Campaign Committee members on Tuesday, April 30 at a special media event to officially kick off the challenge. Executive Director Stacie Haynes provided a brief campaign update before introducing Anita A. Vitullo, Staffworks founder and president.

“I am thrilled to report that the Staffworks Fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties has generously pledged $250,000 to our SHELTER US Campaign,” Haynes said. “But there is a catch.”

“This gift is a challenge grant,” she continued. “That means every new cash gift or multi-year pledge we generate – starting today through October 1 – will be matched by the Staffworks Fund, up to a total of $250,000.”

“If you donate $5, the Staffworks Fund will donate $5, and the shelter gets a total of $10. If you donate $50,000, the Staffworks Fund will donate $50,000, and the shelter will get $100,000,” Haynes explained. “And so on, until we reach $250,000.”

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. Total project cost is anticipated to be around $2 million. Current SHELTER US donations are just over $1.2 million, not including the Staffworks Fund challenge grant.

Among the factors which ultimately compelled Vitullo to make her generous $250,000 pledge to the SQSPCA were the energy and tenacity of Haynes and the organization’s supportive, working board. Vitullo also applauded the shelter’s no-kill policy, aggressive spay/neuter program, active community outreach and volunteer initiatives, and spirit of collaboration.

Vitullo also praised Haynes for her recent work in spearheading the Otsego County Animal Cruelty Task Force, which she described as instrumental in the shape of this community in the future of the care of animals.

“I applaud your vision,” Vitullo said.

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.

“A gift of this magnitude from a respected philanthropic leader in animal advocacy is further validation that the Susquehanna SPCA is a good investment for folks who believe in helping animals in need,” Haynes said.

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

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 lauded Vitullo as both a supporter of the SQSPCA and a personal mentor.

“This is a woman who truly cares,” Haynes said of Vitullo. “Anita has already made a tremendous positive impact on animal welfare across our region. Through this investment, she will continue to build upon a truly powerful legacy.”

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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