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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 [email protected]  

“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.  ### 

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