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SQSPCA Adoptions, Surrenders By Appointment Only

March 15, 2020: The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA) respects the need to limit social interactions given the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. In keeping with current recommendations, starting today and until further notice, the shelter will be closed to the general public and volunteers, and staffing will be limited.

Animals up for adoption are still available. Folks interested in adding a pet to their family should do their “visiting” online through the SQSPCA website,, and Facebook. Once serious adopters decide on a dog or cat they are interested in, they can call (607) 547-8111 to schedule an appointment to visit that animal and to learn more about the animal and the adoption process.

Stacie Haynes, Executive Director of the SQSPCA, said, “The Free Over Three adoption weekend we just had was successful, but we do still have many sweet and deserving animals available for adoption. It is really important we continue to clear the shelter to the extent possible so we can keep up with hyper disinfecting protocols and take in animals when folks are in crisis and can no longer care for their pets.” 

Those needing to surrender animals can call the shelter and arrange to do so, Haynes added.

With limited visitation to the shelter, SQSPCA staff will be working hard to increase content on their informational platforms so interested adopters and fosters can learn full details on all animals via the Internet. Visiting animals in person is typically the preferred method to adopt but, given these unprecedented times, shelter staff will adapt to ensure no animals are left behind.

Haynes added, “While adopters and fosters are needed now more than ever, so are financial contributions. As we live our lives day-by-day, donations to non-profit organizations may not seem like a top priority, but please consider that animal shelters often receive little to no government support.

“We rely solely on the generosity of businesses and individuals. If we lose their support during this difficult time, it could adversely impact animals who are most in need. Donations can be made easily and with proper social distance online at,” Haynes said.

It is important to note that the shelter is still scheduling the surrender of animals by the public as needed, and continues to take names for fosters in the event of an emergency. Those interested can call the SQSPCA Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Feline Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Set for Next Month

COOPERSTOWN – To heighten awareness of the importance of spay/neuter services, and in celebration of World Spay Day, the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is excited to announce that it will host a feline low cost spay/neuter clinic on Wednesday, March 11.

“The last Tuesday of every February is World Spay Day,” explained Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “We want to help animals in need beyond the walls of our shelter and raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering cats to reduce unwanted populations. This is a perfect opportunity to expand our services while helping offset the price of these procedures.”

Haynes went on to say that the timing of the clinic is especially crucial, given that kitten season is just around the corner.

“The height of the feline breeding season typically takes place from March through October and many shelters, including ours, experience the bulk of their cat and kitten intake during these months,” Haynes said.

The March 11 feline low cost spay/neuter clinic has 40 spots available. Appointments will be filled on a first call, first serve basis and can be secured by calling the Susquehanna SPCA at (607) 547-8111, extension 102.

Openings for male cats will outnumber those for females, Haynes cautioned, in order to facilitate the number of procedures in the allotted time.

The fee per cat is $60 and includes a spay/neuter with sedation, dewormer, rabies and distemper vaccinations, flea treatment, a nail trim, and an ear clean. To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA, visit


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

SPCA kicks off February with pet portraits, free cat/kitten adoptions

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Winter slow down? There’s no such thing for the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SQSPCA), where consecutive special weekend events mark the beginning of February!

On Saturday, February 1, artist Marin Shepard will be taking orders for pet portraits from noon to 5 p.m. at the shelter. Those interested just need to bring a photo of their furry friend. The cost is $50 for an 11”x14” painting; 40 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

The next day, shelter staff will be on hand again for a 2020 Kitten Bowl VII Party. Doors open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 2 for this “Su-PURR Bowl” adoption event, during which the SQSPCA will serve up chips, dips, drinks, and FREE adoptions on all cats and kittens.

The Kitten Bowl VII Party is being held in conjunction with Hallmark Channel and the North Shore Animal League. Highlights from this year’s Kitten Bowl, which kicks off at 2 p.m., will be aired at the shelter. Collectible Kitten Bowl playing cards will be distributed compliments of the Hallmark Channel and artist Marin Shepard will return to take orders for animal portraits.

“Whether you’re looking to capture your pet on canvas or looking for your new best friend, the shelter is offering something for everyone this weekend at these family-friendly events,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

And while cat and kitten adoptions are free on Sunday in honor of Kitten Bowl, dog lovers shouldn’t feel left out, according to Haynes.

“We have plenty of canine companions eagerly awaiting their forever homes, from shepherds to pitties to pointers,” she added.

Other upcoming events to benefit the SQSPCA are:

• January 30: Animal Trivia Night, 8 p.m., J & D’s Wagon Wheel, 142 Main St., Oneonta

• February 7: Brooks’ BBQ Chicken Dinner, 4:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown

• February 23: Brunch Bingo, 10:30 a.m., Green Earth Health Market, 4 Market St., Oneonta

• February 29: Leap Day Candlelight Hike, 5-8 p.m., Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown

• March 25: Well Spent Wednesday, Alex’s World Bistro, 149 Main St., Cooperstown

For more information, or to donate, visit, call 607-547-8111, or stop by the shelter Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 4841 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown.

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 


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