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.
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 summer of 2019 with a target date of May 2020 for the move. Total project cost is anticipated to be around $2 million.
The current building Susquehanna SPCA calls home was originally designed and expanded over the years for various purposes, including a motorcycle shop. The new site is designed to be more tailored to the needs of an animal shelter and will be easily accessible to visitors, adopters and shoppers.
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.
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.