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Cat Enrichment

A shelter can be very scary and overwhelming for a cat, and we want to minimize stress as much as possible while providing enrichment, socialization and love. We receive lots of shy kitties who would typically have a harder time finding a home, but after spending time with our volunteers eventually come out of their shell and blossom into sweet, very adoptable cats.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Pet, brush and play with cats and kittens
  • Socialize with cats in communal rooms
  • Provide enrichment to cats confined to cages 
  • Pay special attention shy/undersocialized/old cats

Dog Enrichment

Minimizing stress as much as possible while providing enrichment and socialization to shelter dogs is extremely important to their well being and “adoptability”. Our goal is to provide the dogs in our care with as much love and attention as we can and help further their training so that they leave more confident and well behaved.

After you have completed training, you will be able to take dogs for walks, outings into town, play outside, or conduct other enrichment/socialization activities.

Animal Care & Cleaning

Types of tasks include, but are not limited to:

Caring for our animals and ensuring that their living space is properly cleaned, disinfected and comfortable for them is extremely important. The majority of cleaning is done in the mornings between 8:00 a.m. and noon (times may vary slightly depending on the volume of animals at the time), although there are also various other animal care projects that can be completed in the afternoons.

  • Providing food, water, litter, clean beds and toys to animals
  • Vacuuming, mopping, disinfecting, etc. of communal cat rooms
  • Cleaning of cat cages
  • Spraying down and squeegeeing kennels
  • Let dogs out into the yards and clean up after them
  • Brushing animals
  • Giving baths

Save A Life Campagin

This holiday season, you can help save an animal’s life by donating to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and having that gift matched dollar-for-dollar. The Staffworks Charitable Fund Save A Life Campaign is matching donations made beginning on Monday, November 26, through December 31.
In addition to matching up to a total of $10,000 from individual donors, the Staffworks Charitable Fund is also awarding a $10,000 bonus to the organization that receives the largest number of donations from individual donors and a $10,000 bonus to the organization that raises the most money during the campaign.
Every organization participating in the Staffworks Charitable Fund Save A Life Campaign has the opportunity to receive a total of $30,000 from the Staffworks Charitable Fund.
“We are honored to be part of the Save A Life Campaign,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Anita Vitullo is an extraordinary leader making a significant and positive impact on the lives of homeless animals in need. Our goal for this campaign is to raise a minimum of $10,000 so we can receive the full $10,000 match, making our total raised $20,000! With $20,000 we can schedule an estimated 100 spays or neuters through our local veterinarians,” Haynes explained.
The Staffworks Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties was created by Staffworks founder and owner, Anita Vitullo, out of her concern for animals and her belief in their right to life. The Fund promotes humane communities by using company profits from branch office markets in central and southern New York to support organizations that provide care for at-risk animals.
“When you support or adopt from your local animal shelters and rescue organizations you are choosing to save an animal’s life,” Staffworks Charitable Fund Founder Anita Vitullo said. “We’ve invested more than $10 million to reduce animal suffering and help make connections between animals and people.”
To double the impact of your gift, visit and select Susquehanna SPCA. Online gifts can be made via MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit or debit cards. Gifts by personal check must be mailed to The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502 and should be made payable to The Community Foundation, with the name of the recipient organization indicated in the memo field.

Internship Application

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5082-5088 State Highway 28
5082-5088 State Highway 28
Cooperstown, NY
Cooperstown, NY

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11am -7pm every Thursday
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