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SQSPCA Adoptions, Surrenders By Appointment Only

March 15, 2020: The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) respects the need to limit social interactions given the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. In keeping with current recommendations, starting today and until further notice, the shelter will be closed to the general public and volunteers, and staffing will be limited.

Animals up for adoption are still available. Folks interested in adding a pet to their family should do their “visiting” online through the SQSPCA website,, and Facebook. Once serious adopters decide on a dog or cat they are interested in, they can call (607) 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit that animal and to learn more about the animal and the adoption process.

Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the SQSPCA, said, “The Free Over Three adoption weekend we just had was successful, but we do still have many sweet and deserving animals available for adoption. It is really important we continue to clear the shelter to the extent possible so we can keep up with hyper disinfecting protocols and take in animals when folks are in crisis and can no longer care for their pets.” 

Those needing to surrender animals can call the shelter and arrange to do so, Haynes added.

With limited visitation to the shelter, SQSPCA staff will be working hard to increase content on their informational platforms so interested adopters and fosters can learn full details on all animals via the Internet. Visiting animals in person is typically the preferred method to adopt but, given these unprecedented times, shelter staff will adapt to ensure no animals are left behind.

Haynes added, “While adopters and fosters are needed now more than ever, so are financial contributions. As we live our lives day-by-day, donations to non-profit organizations may not seem like a top priority, but please consider that animal shelters often receive little to no government support.

“We rely solely on the generosity of businesses and individuals. If we lose their support during this difficult time, it could adversely impact animals who are most in need. Donations can be made easily and with proper social distance online at,” Haynes said.

It is important to note that the shelter is still scheduling the surrender of animals by the public as needed, and continues to take names for fosters in the event of an emergency. Those interested can call the SQSPCA Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SQSPCA Thrift Store Moves To Online Sales Temporarily

March 15, 2020: The Susquehanna SPCA’s thrift store, New Leash on Life, continues to take steps in line with public safety recommendations while simultaneously ensuring the store can provide vital revenue to the animal shelter during this trying time.

In keeping with current CDC recommendations, the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop will be closed to public visitors from now until further notice. Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the Susquehanna SPCA, wants to make sure folks understand this does not mean the store is closed for business.

“The revenue brought in through the thrift store is absolutely essential to shelter operations as we care for hundreds of animals in need annually,” Haynes emphasized. “It is imperative that we find creative ways to keep this important revenue stream open,” she said.

While physical shopping is temporarily suspended, Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas will be selecting items daily to sell on Facebook Marketplace. Additionally, as the weather cooperates, there may be outdoor sales which will be announced at a later date, Haynes added.

According to the CDC, “Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites [objects or materials which are likely to carry infection]. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.”

Given this information, the items selected to be sold on Facebook Marketplace will have been at the thrift store a minimum of 72 hours and will be thoroughly disinfected before being transferred to the customer.

Haynes wants the community to be aware that “during these unprecedented times, we have to be sure animals are not forgotten and one way to do that is to support the thrift store, which in turn provides direct support to homeless and abandoned animals.”

Although the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop is closed to shoppers and volunteers for the foreseeable future, staff is still accepting donations of merchandise. Call (607) 547-9462 to schedule an appointment.

SQSPCA suggests including pets in preparedness plan amid COVID-19 concerns

Shelter announces adoption special, emergency foster program

March 11, 2020 – With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the rise worldwide, it is important for Otsego County residents to include their pets in preparedness plans.

The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event Otsego County is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill and is hospitalized.

Make a preparedness plan for your pets:

  • Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized.
  • Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
  • Have crates, food, and extra supplies for your pet on hand in case moving them becomes necessary or if the disease spreads in the community and it becomes necessary to reduce social exposure.
  • All animal vaccines should be up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
  • Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions. Including the prescription from the prescribing veterinarian is also helpful.
  • Pets should have identification including a collar with current identification tags and a registered microchip.

The SQSPCA recommends staying diligent in preparations, but not overreacting to COVID-19 concerns. By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put such a plan into motion, community members can do their part to ensure animal service resources do not become overwhelmed and their pets are spared unnecessary stress. Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact of COVID-19 on pets are encouraged to inquire about fostering.

In the meantime, the SQSPCA has put together a preparedness plan of its own, including an adoption special this Friday and Saturday designed to free up space in the facility.

“Our Emergency Preparedness Foster Program will have two components,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Part one of the program will depend upon volunteers who sign up to assist as a foster home in the event the shelter staff are quarantined and unable to come to the shelter to care for the animals.

“In such a case, we will ask that fosters take the animals into their homes for up to three weeks or until enough staff are able to return to the facility,” Haynes explained.

“Part two of the program will involve recruiting volunteers who would be willing to take animals in from homes where folks have fallen ill and have no family or friends to help care for their pets. Again, this could be a commitment for up to three weeks,” Haynes said.

Volunteers can sign up to assist with one or both parts of the program. To register as an Emergency Preparedness Foster Program volunteer, please call the shelter at (607) 547-8111, extension 108, or e-mail

“Don’t be alarmed if you call on Thursday, March 12 and don’t get an answer,” added Haynes. “The shelter will be closed all day for an emergency planning session.”

Then – on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 – the SQSPCA reopens with a “Free Over Three” adoption promotion. Adoption fees for all cats and dogs three years and up will be waived in order to reduce shelter populations if COVID-19 concerns become a reality.

“As additional cases of the coronavirus continue to be confirmed in New York State, our intent is to decrease the number of animals in the shelter should COVID-19 impact our staff’s ability to care for them,” Haynes explained.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is also the view of the World Health Organization. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, people with confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets.

About the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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

About the Humane Society of the United States

Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates around the globe fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the HSUS takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries, and together with its affiliates, rescues and provides direct care for over 100,000 animals every year. The HSUS works on reforming corporate policy, improving and enforcing laws and elevating public awareness on animal issues. More at

About The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Incorporated in 1970, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement develops strong leaders, promotes stands of practice and cultivates collaboration to advance the animal welfare profession with a united voice. The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to raising the level of expertise for all professionals in animal welfare and animal care and control, as they believe the impact of their work will save more animals’ lives.

Feline Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Set for Next Month

COOPERSTOWN – To heighten awareness of the importance of spay/neuter services, and in celebration of World Spay Day, 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 Wednesday, March 11.

“The last Tuesday of every February is World Spay Day,” 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.”

Haynes went on to say that the timing of the clinic is especially crucial, given that kitten season is just around the corner.

“The height of the feline breeding season typically takes place from March through October and many shelters, including ours, experience the bulk of their cat and kitten intake during these months,” Haynes said.

The March 11 feline low cost spay/neuter clinic has 40 spots available. Appointments will be filled on a first call, first serve basis and can be secured by calling the Susquehanna SPCA at (607) 547-8111, extension 102.

Openings for male cats will outnumber those for females, Haynes cautioned, in order to facilitate the number of procedures in the allotted time.

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


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

SPCA kicks off February with pet portraits, free cat/kitten adoptions

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Winter slow down? There’s no such thing for the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA), where consecutive special weekend events mark the beginning of February!

On Saturday, February 1, artist Marin Shepard will be taking orders for pet portraits from noon to 5 p.m. at the shelter. Those interested just need to bring a photo of their furry friend. The cost is $50 for an 11”x14” painting; 40 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

The next day, shelter staff will be on hand again for a 2020 Kitten Bowl VII Party. Doors open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 2 for this “Su-PURR Bowl” adoption event, during which the SQSPCA will serve up chips, dips, drinks, and FREE adoptions on all cats and kittens.

The Kitten Bowl VII Party is being held in conjunction with Hallmark Channel and the North Shore Animal League. Highlights from this year’s Kitten Bowl, which kicks off at 2 p.m., will be aired at the shelter. Collectible Kitten Bowl playing cards will be distributed compliments of the Hallmark Channel and artist Marin Shepard will return to take orders for animal portraits.

“Whether you’re looking to capture your pet on canvas or looking for your new best friend, the shelter is offering something for everyone this weekend at these family-friendly events,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

And while cat and kitten adoptions are free on Sunday in honor of Kitten Bowl, dog lovers shouldn’t feel left out, according to Haynes.

“We have plenty of canine companions eagerly awaiting their forever homes, from shepherds to pitties to pointers,” she added.

Other upcoming events to benefit the SQSPCA are:

• January 30: Animal Trivia Night, 8 p.m., J & D’s Wagon Wheel, 142 Main St., Oneonta

• February 7: Brooks’ BBQ Chicken Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown

• February 23: Brunch Bingo, 10:30 a.m., Green Earth Health Market, 4 Market St., Oneonta

• February 29: Leap Day Candlelight Hike, 5-8 p.m., Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown

• March 25: Well Spent Wednesday, Alex’s World Bistro, 149 Main St., Cooperstown

For more information, or to donate, visit, call 607-547-8111, or stop by the shelter Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 4841 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown.

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 

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

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

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

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 




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