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.
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