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Most Popular Puppy Ceremony

In celebration of this year’s National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, the Susquehanna SPCA (SQSPCA) is inviting the public to vote for their favorite canine all-star as part of a week-long fundraiser.

Four 6-week-old beagle mix puppies – Derek, Marvin, Ted and Larry – will be featured at the shelter for a week starting Thursday, September 2, during which time visitors can cast their votes for a winner by way of donation in person or online.

On Thursday, September 9, the day after the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the SQSPCA Most Popular Puppy will be announced.

“One dollar equals one vote,” Haynes explained. “In reality, these puppies are all winners, but by donating in honor of the little guy who tugs most at your heart strings, you will be helping the shelter raise much-needed funds.”

The puppies are named after the Hall of Fame’s induction Class of 2020: Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker. They will be introduced to the public for the first time on September 2 when the shelter opens at noon.

“Visitors can champion one or more of their favorites by dropping money into the puppies’ ‘Donation Dugouts.’ People can also access all four puppy profiles and donate online via the SQSPCA website, www.sqspca.org. The adoption fee for the puppy with the most support will be waived and that puppy will be officially named Most Popular,” Haynes said.

Voters can click here to make their contributions for their favorite pup. Don’t forget to put their name in the comments section so that it counts for your chosen puppy!

Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Join us for the grand opening of our new facility on Saturday, July 17th.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony starts at 10:45 a.m. – light refreshments will be provided after.

Open House from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please RSVP by filling out the form below by July 10th.

Call (607) 547-8111 ext. 111 or email [email protected] with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

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SQSPCA announces ‘Fearful to Fearless’ dog socialization program

October 13, 2020 – With five frightened shepherd mixes newly arrived, and based on the success of its recent ‘Feral to Friendly’ initiative for unsocialized cats and kittens, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) has announced a special volunteer opportunity.

The shelter’s new “Fearful to Fearless” program depends on assistance from the community to help turn extremely shy dogs into confident, loving pets through positive association and experiences.

“These dogs are terrified,” SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes explained. “Our Fearful to Fearless program will enable volunteers to come spend quality time with the dogs – sit outside their kennels, talk to them, maybe even read a book out loud – to help them overcome their fear of people.”

As the dogs become more accepting of the presence of humans, there are further strategies that can then be used by volunteers and staff to reduce their fear of handling, Haynes said.

The five dogs kicking off the SQSPCA Fearful to Fearless program are originally from Clayton County, Georgia. A rescue network that saves dogs from high-intake shelters and high-risk situations in both Georgia and Texas has paid for their transport as well as their shelter stay.

“We recognize that, unlike us, high-intake shelters – many of which are located in the south – are forced to euthanize animals due to space constraints,” explained Haynes. “When we have the opportunity to help, we will, because we are saving lives.”

According to Haynes, Bacon, Benedict, Omelette, Waffles and Nici arrived at the SQSPCA on October 2. All were strays and all are estimated to be around 2 years old. A sixth dog – Danish – was pregnant and went directly to a foster home upon her arrival several weeks earlier. She has since given birth to three puppies.

“Dog lovers interested in volunteering for the Fearful to Fearless program can call to sign up,” Haynes said. “In keeping with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, some restrictions as to number of participants per time slot may apply.”

Those interested in learning more about the SQSPCA’s Fearful to Fearless program can call 607-547-8111, extension 111 to learn more and schedule a time to help out.

SQSPCA offers special ‘study buddy’ discounts by appointment

August 31, 2020 – Due to an influx of adoptable felines of all ages, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) is offering 20 percent off all adoptions from Tuesday, September 1 through Wednesday, September 30. 

According to SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, the shelter is now at capacity for cats and kittens and has a waiting list for new arrivals, prompting the “Back-to-School Adoption Sale,” while a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Otsego County has necessitated the return to appointment-only adoptions. 

“Here at the SQSPCA, we like to find the silver lining to every situation,” said Haynes. “Given that most area school districts are going virtual for the first five weeks of the fall semester animal lovers have a unique opportunity to spend that time helping a new pet adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. 

“At the same time, pets can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and boost peoples’ mood,” Haynes added. 

Research shows that companion animals can ease loneliness, reduce stress, provide emotional support, add laughter and levity, and give people structure and purpose, she said. 

“This is a difficult time for everyone, and the shelter can be equally stressful for cats and dogs as they await their ‘furever’ homes. Why not bring a new study buddy home to snuggle up with while watching virtual algebra lessons?” Haynes asked. 

Adoption fees at the SQSPCA include: spay/neuter; microchip; rabies/distemper/bordetella vaccinations and heartworm/Lyme testing (dogs, age appropriate); rabies/distemper vaccinations and Feline Leukemia/FIV testing (cats, age appropriate); fecal testing; deworming; flea treatment; and basic grooming.  

Available kittens and cats range from two months to 14 years, from calico to tortoiseshell to tabby. Available dogs include mastiff, coonhound and pointer mixes. 

“Whether you are looking for a study buddy for your son or daughter this fall or would simply like a companion for yourself, we can help you make the perfect match,” Haynes said. 

To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, visit www.sqspca.org. To schedule an appointment to adopt, 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. 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 

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