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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.
FLY CREEK, NY – Area road racing, running, and walking enthusiasts will gather at the Fly Creek Cider Mill this Saturday, April 27 for the seventh annual Cider Run.
This year’s event is being underwritten by Cooper Kia and 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.
Race fees for adults and kids are $30 and $20, respectively. The fun run is free for any child who is not up to running the 5K, and participants will receive a Noah’s World water bottle. This year, pre-race entertainment will include a special interactive appearance by Hill City Ice Queen character Sleeping Beauty from 8:45-10 a.m.
“Families are sure to enjoy meeting Sleeping Beauty, a story book favorite of both young and old alike. Strollers and of course dogs are welcome. Please just do not bring your furry friends into the Fly Creek Cider Mill store,” Haynes added.
The event will be held rain or shine. This year’s sponsors are: Golden Delicious: Cooper Kia; Red Delicious: Morris Garage; Empire: Alpine Awards & Engraving, Benson Agency Real Estate, Community N.A., Cooperstown Family Chiropractic, J. Chappel Design & Photography, Noah’s World, Three Hour Farm; and, Honey Crisp: Kelley M. Eckmair Attorney at Law, Ilene Goulette, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Reinhardt Home Heating, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Sportsfield Specialties.
Cider Run participants can register online until April 25 at www.sqspca.org or race day starting at 8 a.m. Start time for the 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk is 10 a.m. The kid’s fun run is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
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.
Fairs, flings and fun runs are among the community events the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host or take part in as the weather turns warmer.
Saturday, April 13 begins with a volunteer appreciation event from 10 a.m. to noon at the shelter. Volunteers and fosters are invited to stop by for coffee, donuts and other goodies in observance of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Later that same day, Lisa Brown will lead Cat Yoga at the First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown, beginning at 2 p.m. The suggested donation is $10, and all proceeds go to the shelter. Call (607) 547-9371 for more information.
Preparations for the seventh annual Cider Run, set for Saturday, April 27 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, are well underway. This year’s event features a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and kids’ fun run, with proceeds to benefit the SQSPCA. 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 Cider Run will be held rain or shine.
Other events coming up include:
Community members can also meet and greet adoptable companion animals outside of the shelter environment 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. Volunteers will share the animals’ characteristics, background information, and any important health concerns as they assist in finding them forever homes.
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.
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