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SQSPCA adoptions free this week

Food donations in lieu of adoption fees most appreciated

December 6, 2021 – The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will be holding a “Home for the Holidays” event this week, during which all adoptions are free of charge. A sudden influx of surrendered animals and a lengthy waiting list for incoming cats were the impetus behind the promotion.

“We have many friendly dogs and cats of all sizes, shapes, ages, colors and breeds to choose from,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, “all of which are deserving of the love and companionship that come with a fresh start in a new home.”

Prior to this event, animals will be spayed/neutered (unless delayed for health reasons), microchipped, tested for Heartworm/Lyme or FeLV/FIV, dewormed, and will receive flea treatment and basic grooming.

Haynes said a donation of food in lieu of adoption fees would be much appreciated during the “Home for the Holidays” special, though not required.

“Dog, cat and/or kitten food – dried, canned or a combination thereof – would help us prepare for what we expect will be a very busy month of intakes if our waiting list is any indication,” Haynes said.

Tops on the shelter’s food “wish list” are dry kitten and cat food, canned dog food, meaty dog treats and canned cat pâté.

Available dogs and cats can be viewed on the SQSPCA website at https://sqspca.org/available-animals/ and on Facebook. Regular adoption fees, ranging from $125-$250, are being waived in hopes of clearing space in the shelter for new arrivals. Other fees may apply.

“In order to accommodate folks who can’t make it to the shelter during regular business hours, we will be extending our work day on Wednesday, December 8. That day only, we will be open from noon until 7 p.m.,” Haynes added.

On Tuesday, December 7, Thursday, December 9 and Saturday, December 11, shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. The hours on Friday, December 10 will be noon to 3 p.m. this week.

Appointments to meet animals are advised to avoid wait times by calling 607-547-8111, but walk-ins are also welcome. The SQSPCA is located at 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown.

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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. 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 primary source of income. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

2021 Staffworks Save A Life Campaign

November 29 – December 31

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., November 30, 2021 – The 2021 Staffworks Save A Life Campaign will be matching donations to the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) November 29 through December 31.

This year, the Save A Life Campaign has 33 participating animal welfare organizations located in 11 counties in New York State and Pennsylvania.

Campaign Match:

Up to $25,000 for each participating organization.

Since 2014, the Save A Life Campaign has raised over $6 million for non-profit organizations caring for at-risk animals in our regional communities.  

“We are so grateful to Staffworks and the Save A Life Campaign for this opportunity to once again leverage donor contributions into additional funds, based on the success of our own fundraising-efforts,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

“Our goal this year is $160,000. Staffworks will match the first $10,000 dollar-for-dollar. After that, we receive $500 for each additional $5,000 in donations, up to $160,000,” Haynes said. “The Save A Life Campaign has greatly boosted our year-end totals, which has in turn helped us improve and expand our services. We’re hoping for the same results this year.”

Anita Vitullo, founder of the Save A Life Campaign stated, “Organizations that provide direct care and support services for homeless and abused animals, spay/neuter programs and pet food pantries do not receive state or federal funding and rely on community donations. The Campaign provides an opportunity to increase the impact of donations with a substantial match to make a positive difference for animals in need throughout our regional communities.”

During this Campaign, you can maximize the impact of giving, visit https://savealife.staffworkscny.com/organizations/susquehanna-spca or mail checks to SQSPCA, 5082-5088 State Rt. 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

About the Susquehanna SPCA

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. 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 primary source of income. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

About the Staffworks Fund

Staffworks Inc profits support the Staffworks Fund established in 2005 at The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Over $20 million in Staffworks funds support nonprofit organizations that provide direct care and services for animals and people in Central and Southern New York and Pennsylvania. Since inception, the Staffworks Fund has donated over $7 million to 72 organizations. For more info visit, staffworkscny.com.

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SQSPCA installs pop-up thrift shop in mall

November 10, 2021 – Beginning this Thursday, November 11 and extending well into December, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is hosting a pop-up thrift shop in the Southside Mall. Proceeds from the temporary installation will benefit several area animal welfare groups.

“Our decision to hold the pop-up shop is two-fold,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “First and foremost, the community has been so very generous with donations that we find ourselves with no room for incoming merchandise.”

This prompted Thrift Store Manager Natalie Wrubleski to think outside the box, Haynes said, resulting in the pop-up solution.

 “We also wanted to be able to share the wealth with other like-minded organizations. The only stumbling block we could think of was finding the personnel to staff the pop-up. That’s where our partners come in,” Haynes continued.

For a split of the proceeds, the Delaware Valley Humane Society, Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, and Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans will assist the SQSPCA in recruiting volunteers to cash out customers and mind the store.

“People are shopping for a cause when they purchase items from the pop-up thrift shop this holiday season,” explained Haynes. “All of these organizations share missions similar to ours and we have a common interest in helping homeless, abandoned, and abused animals.

“We saw an opportunity to partner with these groups to benefit companion animals throughout the region, and we jumped at the chance to do so,” Haynes added.

The SQSPCA Pop-up Thrift Shop will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through December 19. Credit/debit card and exact cash payments will be accepted. Merchandise will include clothing and accessories, housewares, Christmas decorations, toys, and much more.

The SQSPCA is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments to meet animals are advised, to avoid wait times, but walk-ins are also welcome. To view available animals or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org. The shelter is located at 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown.

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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 primary source of income. For more information or to donate, visit www.sqspca.org

SQSPCA ribbon cutting, open house set for July 17

June 25, 2021 – On Saturday, July 17, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) will host a public celebration at 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown to mark the completion of its state-of-the-art animal shelter and adjoining campus. 

Following an organizational rebranding, the launch of its SHELTER US capital campaign, and just under three years of intensive fund-raising, the SQSPCA is poised to move into the brand-new shelter building in mid-June. 

“The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 10:45 a.m. on July 17,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, “but the public is invited to stop by any time throughout the day to help us commemorate this historic moment in the shelter’s history.” 

The SHELTER US project – buoyed by a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets – is relocating the shelter and thrift store facilities 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta.  

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 convenient parking. 

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including guided tours of the new facility and light refreshments. Those wishing to attend the ribbon cutting and/or open house are encouraged to RSVP via online registration form at sqspca.org/open-house by July 10. 

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 www.sqspca.org or call 607-547-8111. 

SQSPCA reaches $5 million SHELTER US campaign goal

Ribbon cutting at new site set for Saturday, July 17 

May 10, 2021 – Following an organizational rebranding, the launch of its SHELTER US capital campaign, and just under three years of intensive fund-raising, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) has reached its $5 million campaign goal and is poised to move into a brand-new shelter building next month. 

“Our vision is becoming a reality,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. 

The SQSPCA’s multi-million-dollar campus is possible thanks to a hugely successful capital campaign led by Haynes, the SQSPCA Board of Directors and the SHELTER US Capital Campaign Committee chaired by Anne Keith. 

“Foundation grants, matching challenges and a tremendous outpouring of private donations allowed us to reach what seemed like an insurmountable goal,” Haynes said. “We are incredibly thankful for the business, community and foundation support we receive, not only for this project but for the shelter’s general operating expenses as well.” 

The SHELTER US project – buoyed by a $500,000 New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant through the Department of Agriculture and Markets – is relocating the shelter and thrift store facilities 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Route 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta.  

“To accommodate this move – including property purchase, demolition, asbestos abatement, site preparation, and upgraded equipment – the price tag to design and construct a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter, thrift store and campus is coming in at right around $5 million,” according to Haynes. 

“Thanks to the assistance of an incredible group of volunteers, including Rotary Club of Cooperstown members, the contents of the thrift store have already been moved to the new retail location,” Haynes said. “We anticipate we can begin relocating the animal shelter in just a few weeks.” 

The New Leash on Life Thrift Shop will conduct sales online via Facebook until the store is ready to reopen. The shelter transition will continue through the month of June as staff settles into the state-of-the-art facility and adjusts to the cutting-edge equipment. Interior finishes, site work and landscaping is ongoing. 

“The official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the new location are set for Saturday, July 17. Please save the date,” Haynes urged. 

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 convenient parking. 

“The new shelter and all the improved amenities are much needed and are very exciting, but they come at a considerable price tag,” Haynes said. “Our ability to meet and surpass the capital campaign goal represents a tremendous vote of confidence from the community in our abilities for which we are extremely grateful. 

“We’re more than ready for any challenges that lie ahead,” she added.  

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 www.sqspca.org  

Shelter announces partnership with sports center, breweries

Susquehanna SPCA unveils plans for June fund-raising event 

April 14, 2021 – The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) and the Clark Sports Center are teaming up with three local breweries to offer a new charity run this year to benefit the shelter. 

On Saturday, June 19, the “Fetching Brews Run/Walk” will feature a 10K run beginning and ending at Brewery Ommegang and a 5K run/walk from Brewery Ommegang to the Cooperstown Brewing Company. A .5K kid-friendly warmup event – “Fetching Fun” – is a run/walk from Brewery Ommegang to Red Shed Brewery. 

“We could not be more excited about this collaboration,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “Clark Sports Center personnel are assisting with online registration, timing, traffic management, and water stations, and shuttle service will be available for 5K participants back to Ommegang.” 

The breweries will greet runners and walkers with a free beverage (beer offered for those over 21 years of age). 10K and 5K participants will receive a brewery glass as they finish and a free T-shirt if registered before June 1; .5K registrants will get an official Fetching Fun Frisbee.  

“At the suggestion of our brewery partners, the top three confirmed finishers in each race category will have an animal adoption sponsored in their honor in addition to receiving a selection of age-appropriate beverages,” Haynes said. 

The Fetching Fun Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. and will feature a Pet Parade with prizes in 10 categories. Registration for the Fun Run/Walk is free if warming up for the main event and for those 12 and under, and $10 for participants 13 and up. The 10K and 5K events begin at 9 a.m. Registration fees are $30 (13 and up) and $10 (12 and under.) 

“This would have been the 10-year anniversary of the Cider Run, which has been a reliable source of income for us. When it was announced that the Fly Creek Cider Mill had closed, we were worried about how we would fill that gap in our annual fund-raising schedule,” Haynes explained.  

“We were absolutely thrilled when the Clark Sports Center reached out and suggested we resurrect the former Brewery to Brewery Run. This metamorphosis of the Cider Run into Fetching Brews is the result,” she added.  

Runners and walkers can preregister now for Fetching Brews and Fetching Fun at itsyourrace.com by searching “Fetching Brews.”  Those interested in sponsoring the event should call (607) 547-8111, extension 111 for details.

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 www.sqspca.org.

SQSPCA thrift store readies for move to new location

Temporary hold on donations announced

March 29, 2021 – As of this Friday, April 2 at 4 p.m., the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop will temporarily stop taking donations in preparation for its upcoming move.

The thrift store, a local mainstay for more than 40 years, is a primary source of revenue for the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA). Both the animal shelter and thrift store facilities will relocate soon to a brand new campus just 1.2 miles north of the current location on State Highway 28 between Cooperstown and Oneonta.

“April 2nd will be the last day folks can drop off donations for the thrift shop until the new retail space opens,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “This will give staff time to get established in the new location and make sure things are running smoothly.”

“We will make another announcement as soon as we know when we can start receiving donations at the new store,” Haynes said.

In the meantime, the thrift store will remain open for a few more weeks and Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas will continue to sell merchandise online via the New Leash on Life Facebook page and on Facebook Marketplace before, during, and after the move.

According to Lucas, the transition is bittersweet but much anticipated.

“We are so appreciative of our loyal donors and shoppers, and we’ll miss you all, but we absolutely can’t wait to see everyone again at the new store,” Lucas said.

For more information on donating to the New Leash on Life Thrift Shop, call (607) 547-9462 or e-mail [email protected]

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 www.sqspca.org

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